Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sydney, here we come.

Well, i know it's been a while and quite frankly, I am surprised i still know what to do.
Andy and I have finally made a life long dream come true, in a few weeks time we will be racing at the 1st World Cup in the pair. It has been an awesome couple of weeks of training together at Roodeplaat dam in Pretoria. It has not been easy as we were coaching our schools for the first week as they were competing in SA schools junior champs, this meant finding whatever time possible to train, and in cases finishing sessions at 21:30. It all chalks up to the greater experience of being an athlete. We have been extremely fortunate to have friends like Colin Mcmaster and Don-Don Watt, they have arranged us caravans, camping equipment and vehicles for this weeks training, they have been invaluable and all their help is greatly appreciated.
Now on to the pair, well where to start?  Well it started off with me hitting up a few rowing contacts from my uni days to lend us a boat, luckily Jamie Crowly from St Stithians came through for us. Every session seems to be better and better and we are finding each other more and more. Little by little that platform is being perfected and the sweet spot in the connection is becoming more prominent. Of course it's not a fairy tale and it isn't always easy, but we are putting a lot of time and hard work in to make it work for us. I am confident that with every session, we will get closer to our goals.
As we leave for Sydney tomorrow, it gives me butterflies to think of all the experiences still to come but also gives me a chance to look back over the hundreds and hundreds of kilometers of hard work and dedication it has taken to get here.

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