The team has been named and I’m very happy to say that I’ve been named in the team and if I stay injury free, I’ll be going to my third Olympics. I must say that I’m over the moon and I can’t wait to get to London.
Sometimes I ask myself, why me? Why, I am so lucky to have what I’ve got? What if I get injured and don’t go to the Olympics, what will I do then? What if I hit a hat trick in the final? The answer to those questions I don’t know. All I know is that I’m lucky to have done what I’ve done and I have to the most of my opportunities. I’m also very privileged and honored to do what I do and what I’ve got. Every time I play a game for Australia I make sure I take a moment to realise how lucky I am. Everyone has doubts or fears but its how you control them is what really matters.
Everyday I have doubts about my ability or worry about my preparation but on the other hand, I also have confident thoughts everyday as well and believe what I’m doing is the right thing. A lot of feelings and emotions go through your head when you get so close to your main goal and something you’ve been waiting for for a long time. At the end of the day, you or nobody knows how the end result is going to be or how things are going to happen. So, I’m going to stick to my two points, enjoy the experience and try to be a better player & person everyday. I started playing hockey when I was 4 years old and I played it because I enjoyed it, there is no reason why I should stop enjoying it.
We are in Cairns at the moment about to play New Zealand in 3 games. Steve Waugh is going to be with us at the Olympics and he’s going to be hanging out with us a fair bit over there. Steve has been in Cairns for the last couple days and has been talking and providing us with an insight to his career and the Australian Cricket team. The points I took out of Steve’s talk were;
Process, Preparation, Demeanor, Decisive, Pride, Enjoyment.
A lot of these words nearly every meeting. What he said in those couple of 20 minutes chats he had with us made me much more confident that what we are doing is on the right track.
There is still 4 weeks until we play our first game (lots of time). After the team is named a lot of players like to wrap themselves up in cotton wool and maybe take the foot off the petal a little bit. Ric is constantly making us push the boundaries and keep improving, this is what I plan to do.
Hope you enjoyed the read.