A golden finish

While the dust settles on Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, and our OLYmpians are getting stuck into two weeks’ quarantine, I’m sitting here – like I’m sure many Aussies are – still in awe of everything I’ve seen over the 17 days of extraordinary...

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Ride the momentum

To say it was a HUGE first week of #Tokyo2020 would be an understatement! Our athletes have been absolutely world class, making waves with the best of the best! Because they are the best of the best!! 

And don’t they look good, too. The Australian Olympic Team team uniforms are the...

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Start strong, set the pace

They say how you start determines how you finish. If you go in feeling prepared and confident, some early wins can give you an edge and propel you forward. 

If that’s anything to go by, #Tokyo2020 is going to be a Games to remember (and Australia is going to bring home medals in the...

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A taste of gold on the road to Tokyo

Aussie athletes and supporters are beginning to warm up, with less than 75 days to go until the Games in Tokyo! The final countdown is now on. 

These Games will be unique for a number of reasons, but they will be especially important as a highlight in the lives of the athletes and young...

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Live from Vienna Beach Volleyball!

[Music] Time to dance a little.  I’m at the beach volleyball in Vienna and that is the crowd behind me watching the Austrian men’s team, it is phenomenal!

There is 10,000 people here which to put a bit of context in that is the same amount of people at the Bondi 2000...

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Gold!

What was Dawn’s advice worth? It was invaluable. We had done a lot of work in the last four years, but to be surrounded by so many wonderful people who wanted us to win and were prepared to unselfishly give so much of their time and advice was absolutely priceless. It’s amazing how...

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Inspiration

I’d come a long way since Atlanta, but I was still looking for inspiration all the time. Fortunately, there was no shortage of it in Sydney. The deeds of Kieren Perkins, Cathy Freeman, Susie O’Neill and Ian Thorpe featured prominently. I watched the swimming on a night when we got...

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Let the Games Begin, Again! (Sydney Olympics 2000)

We played our first game of the Sydney Olympic Beach Volleyball tournament the day after a stirring opening ceremony. Already we were surrounded by inspiration: five-time Olympian Andrew Gaze carrying the flag; Rachelle Hawkes reading the oath; the moving final lap that celebrated our...

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Frustration

One week out from the Games, Steve, Phil, Kerri and I had a discussion about our motivation. Things didn’t feel right. It’s hard to explain, but we were so narrowly focussed on winning that we seemed to lack passion; we forgot to smell the roses. After all, we were in our home country...

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Busting Out of Doubt

The lead-up to Sydney certainly wasn’t all smooth sailing. On 4 September I had a shocking time at practice. The sun was in the wrong place. The wind was swirling. I was getting frustrated and angry, and I was worried about my sore right knee. My legs felt sluggish. I knew I was being drawn...

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