The highs and lows of an athlete in any sport is usually determined by ability, fitness and performance but inevitably, injury plays the biggest part. That is no different in my case as 2017 has been a nightmare of a year. Four different injuries have occurred since Rio 2016, but despite having so many fall backs I continued to push and secured a spot on the World Championships team in the 4x400m relay. Although, the disappointing result of not being one of the four athletes that ran at this championships affected my confidence, I have now been spurred on to get even better and move on from a bad season (both domestic and international). NGU!
This change in mindset has definitely worked, with training going unbelievably well and my domestic season opener at the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast on the 25 September 2017 was quite a shock to the system. Running 10 events within four days, including 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medals, I managed to PB in the 100m (11.60, -0.8) and on my 10th race which was the 200m I somehow did 24.37 into a 3.7 headwind. Although it isn’t the greatest time compared to previous 200m, with the circumstances it makes the rest of the season look promising.
Competing at the University Games for UNSW was a massive privilege. After all the support they have given me this year, it was great to be able to run for them at the competition.
Onwards and upwards is what I took from my experience at the World Championships and everyday I am striving to get better and better. The Commonwealth Games is now in my sight and I am extremely excited to qualify and hopefully represent Australia again. It is still undecided if I will only focus on one event or do both the 200 and 400 we are just taking it one day at a time and will see what happens. However, the times needed for the 200 and 400 are 23.10 and 52.10, respectively. This potentially means PB’ing in both events, which after UNI games I believe this is very achievable.
There are about seven different Competitions that I will be taking part in for the lead up to Nationals in February, the first potentially being this Saturday 21st October at Homebush in the 200m.
On another note, I would like to thank Phil Hillyard and Canon Australia for the photo taken by Phil placed onto Canon’s website today. It is a privilege to be the cover.