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Loving the Struggle

Before embarking on our last world tour before the Sydney Olympics, we set three major goals.

  1. To win an event, to get that feeling of winning so that, as with the firewalk, we could tap back into that feeling: we would have a reference for the experience of winning.
  2. To beat every team we may...
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London Here We Come!!

Wooooo Hooooooo we did it. And pictures speak a thousand words. So this is what it looks like and feels like to qualify for a 5th Olympic games!

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An explosion of emotion was how I described winning Gold on Bondi Beach and I would have to go as far to say that qualifying on the side of Fuzhou...

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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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