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What would make your heart sing? Time to make it happen.

G’day from Cape Upstart in Far North Queensland, so you might have a Google but it's between Bowen and Home Hill and you can only get here by boat. It's a national park and it's somewhere where my grandfather used to come and help...

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Nat's Secret to Motivation...

motivation personal story Oct 12, 2015

The clock is ticking. It may be your body clock, your career or the clock ticking away the seconds of your life to date. Reflect on how many times you’ve started something and not finished it and then have a think about why that is. Was it a matter of circumstance at the time or a lack of...

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Nat's Secrets on How to Be Your Own Inspiration

It’s a pattern of behaviour that many people can relate to. You have a brilliant idea, you gain momentum, then for some reason you plateau. Self-motivation goes out the window and you lose interest. Suddenly you’re on cruise control with no direction. Perhaps you’ve received...

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Retirement and Life After the Sand

After a stellar career spanning three decades and 5 Olympic appearances, Nat Cook has hung up the bikini for other pursuits and shares the excitement, the challenges and the new direction for staying connected to the world of volleyball, as well as inspiring a younger generation to hit the sand.

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Journey of the Sand Warrior

Rupert McCall penned a magnificent poem about Nat’s journey from Bronze to Gold! 

In the youthful blaze of chapter one
A Townsville girl befriends the sun
The sun, in turn, ignites the sand
And proud to serve her native land
Australia calls – Atlanta waits
With eyes the size of...

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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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