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Fire and Glass

I mentioned earlier that I had decided to do everything Kurek asked. But there were times when I definitely thought he was stretching the friendship!

How many tasks have you stood in front of, in reality or in your mind’s eye, and thought they were impossible goals, insurmountable obstacles...

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How to Win Gold

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” Michael Jordan

I want to start this chapter with a parable that is particularly meaningful to me. A group of travelers in the desert came across Moses and thought their luck had changed. They raced over to him and begged...

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Victory in AVC Continental Cup!

Australian women secure Olympic spot at AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.

Fuzhou, China, June 24, 2012 – Australia bagged first place at the AVC Women’s Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final but the biggest winner of the competition was Natalie Cook who will now compete at her...

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The Beginnings of Change

Change is a funny thing. There’s a whole industry built around implementing change, motivating people for change, getting people excited about it. But a lot of efforts at change fail. People go along to seminars, and get incredible emotional ‘highs’ for a weekend. They come to...

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Update on my Adventures!

Sorry I have been slack, I should have got this message to you sooner. No excuses, but I have been a little overwhelmed with the training, family time and all the media and sponsor commitments.

You are probably hanging out to know how we have been going. Well after sweaty Sanya we headed to...

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The Teacher Will Appear

Who is this Kurek Ashley character? He’s the man who played a big part in changing my life. And he did it by changing the way I see things, the way I see myself.

In a nutshell, Kurek is a peak performance and success coach. He works with people from all walks of life: CEOs,...

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Making the Weight

“Your body is a garage to park your soul. Treat it with respect.”
If you’ve followed our progress, you would have noticed that in Atlanta I was much heavier than I was in Sydney—by eight kilos in fact. I’ve got skinny arms and legs (so my mother keeps telling me), and...

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Learners Never Lose

An average year followed the Atlanta Games, but something had changed forever in my mind. I’d vaguely begun to realise I was on a journey, and hadn’t reached a destination, but now I was more determined than ever to make the journey itself a success.

People ask me how I knew that all...

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Heroes - Then and Now

latest news May 14, 2012

I want to make one more point about overcoming negative voices. I’ve talked about consciously imitating and being influenced and inspired by people whose deeds we admire. There are plenty of people I admire, but I thought I’d mention a few whom you will know.

Firstly, though, I feel I...

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Bronze

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses–behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights” – Muhammad Ali

At that team meeting, Steve told us to concentrateon Barbara Fontana, and then proceeded to tell us that she...

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