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Bondi Gold, 25 September 2000 (Part 2)

Not long after we resumed, something extraordinary happened that tipped the psychological balance our way and kept it there. It had such an effect on the outcome that, from that moment, it didn’t matter what the scoreboard said. What happened was this: Adriana served, and her serve hit the...

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Bondi Gold, 25 September 2000 (Part 1)

The famous—some say infamous—chant rippled loudly around the stadium, straight up the tunnel and through my body:

 “Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!”.

Ten thousand voices as one. All of a sudden I felt at home, yet also anxious and a little afraid. My body didn’t...

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Testing the Olympic Venue!

The Test event in London was the highlight of the season. We got to do a run though of the playing venue and all the associated Olympic protocols and picked up some added inspiration for all our hard work to ensure we qualify for the big event. The venue is smack in the middle of Buckingham...

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A Fork in the Road

When I began my journey at the beginning of 2010 towards my 5th Olympic Games I was so excited and nervous, but many things were unknown. So I began by making some plans, where would I train, who would I play with, who would coach us? I filled my toolbox with all the tools I thought I would need...

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Nat Wins Cooly Gold with Indoor Star!

Nat teamed with Australian indoor volleyball captain Tara West to compete in the 2010 RACQ Insurance Coolangata Gold Invitational at Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast this weekend. Taking on some of Queensland’s brightest talent, Natalie tutored Tara through the transition from timber floors...

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No Sign of Mutiny as Anna Bligh Beached by Cook

latest news media Nov 07, 2010

The coming together of two famous nautical names may have been missed by some but that was the case when “Cook and Bligh” got beached together at Kurrawa on Sunday.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh answered Natalie Cook’s invitation to “get down and get sandy” and the...

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Natalie Cook Still Powering 10 Years On

latest news media Sep 27, 2010

It was as much about the future as it was about a journey back through the sands of time.

The journey that began in Townsville for one of Australia’s Olympic greats, Natalie Cook, that has taken her to the last four Olympic Games in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing.

And with the power of...

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Back to the Drawing Board in Norway

What an amazing part of the world. The Swatch FIVB World Tour stops in Norway (can you believe it) twice a year. The second stop is in a town called Kristiansand.

Norway in one of the most expensive cities in the world. So it was an costly week for more reasons than our bank accounts.

Our first...

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Even Tougher Road in Finland

After 13 hours of travel from Norway. 2 Planes, train, bus and boat (or more accurately ship) we arrived at our destination. Aland (pronounced Orland), half way between Finland and Sweden. They speak both languages and English, take both currencies and have their own flag! How cool is that. The...

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Tough Ride in Polland

What a random spot for a beach volleyball event. 3 hours drive from Warsaw within the grounds of a lakeside resort and spa. Population of the town 300 and the grandstands are full. (5000 spectators come from all over the region). Hotel Anders was the host of the US$600,000 (for both men and...

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