It is hard to believe that another athletics ‘year’ is done and the Moscow World Championships are drawing to a close. Personally, it has been a successful championships, finishing 4th in my 400H Heat in 55.37 (4th best time ever) and then 7th in my 400H Semi Final in 55.75, placing me 14th in the world overall.
Despite always wanting more from myself, which is a common trait in all elite athletes, I achieved my goals for 2013 – to run a PB, which I did in July (55.08, from 55.25) and to finish Top 16 at World Champs. I would have loved to run faster in my semi and take a few scalps! But it was a solid back up nonetheless, and still a result I can be very proud of.
After the London Olympics I had 4mths off running to rehab an injury. This year, my body is in the best shape it has been and although I will be having a small break from training, I am looking forward to continuing the form I am in and getting into some tough training from September onwards, towards the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games!
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank the people who have been instrumental in getting me to Moscow and allowing me to be the best I possibly can be.
MattyB – my incredible coach who is a constant support and source of encouragement. His knowledge, professionalism and passion are unparalleled and it shows in my performances. We are a great team and I can’t wait to see what we can do next year! x
My family – Parents Neil and Kerry and brother Steven, thank you for the endless love and support. It makes my job easier knowing I have such a wonderful family back home. I love you x
My fiance – Heath, thank you for being my absolute rock. It is so hard travelling and being away from you, but your love, encouragement and support mean the world to me. I love you x
MattyBDEPT - my awesome training squad, particularly my roomie Mel, and BJ who is usually on these trips with us! It is awesome to have the support not only on the road here but also from home, I can’t wait to be back training at home with you all!
AIS/ASC – particularly Ben Raysmith (physio), Tony Bond (massage), Ari Takkinen (pilates) and Ross Smith (gym) – the most professional group of people who in their own fields, have assisted and guided me in the direction of excellence and being the best athlete I can. Really can’t thank you enough!
Athletics Australia – I really appreciate all of the support that has been shown to me so far and I hope that we can continue to build a strong relationship the future.
Nike and Oakley – apparel, footwear and eyewear are imperative in daily training and to be working with two of the Worlds’ best companies is an absolute honour. I hope our successful partnerships can continue to grow, long into the future!
There are many more people who have been a part of the journey and I honestly am so thankful and overwhelmed by the support. I appreciate everything people say and do for me, so thank you all so much!
Lots of love,