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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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Success is a Journey, Not a Destination

I have avoided writing because I have been so overwhelmed with everything since returning home from the London Olympics in the middle of August!

I’ve been reflecting on:

  • 5 Olympics
  • Welcome home parade
  • No wins on the board…Shoulda, woulda, coulda. We were so close.
  • Retiring from the...
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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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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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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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