Archive for 2011

June 2011

Posted on: June 18th, 2011 by Admin No Comments

Hi to you all

I’ve been busy this month and zooming all over the world. I had the Mare Nostrum Tour in Europe to swim at which was a good bit of race practice for me and it was summer over there as well so it wasn’t hard to take.

I had heard you were all freezing over here with a winter chill that was covering the east coast of Australia so when it was time to come back I braced myself for the cold.

I left Brisbane the day before my Dad’s birthday and had an 8 hour flight over to Singapore. It wasn’t too bad. I watched a couple of movies in between meals. We had a 3 hour stopover in Singapore and then boarded the plane for the huge part of our journey. A 14 hour and 20 minute flight to Barcelona, Spain which actually turned into a 15hr 20min flight because we stopped in Milan, Italy for one hour. It was pretty boring because we weren’t allowed off the plane so we just sat in the plane on the tarmac in Milan for one hour doing nothing. We finally arrived in Barcelona in the morning the day after we left Australia.

Thank goodness we had a couple of days to get over our jet-lag before competition started. I swam in the 50m, 100m & 200m butterfly in Barcelona. I didn’t do that great in my races in Barcelona. My times were way off my personal best times but I was competing while still training for Shanghai which is coming up very soon now. After competition finished in Barcelona …

We all jumped on a bus for a three hour trip and arrived in Canet en Roussillon, France ready to start competing in the 2nd leg of the meet the next day. I swam a little better in France, than I did in Spain (thank heavens) … but my times were still fairly ordinary. 3rd in the 100m & 200m fly and 14th in the 50m. Hhhmmmm. Fingers crossed for better results in Monaco.

The next day we flew to Nice and then had a 10km trip to beautiful Monaco.

I did okay in Monaco but was glad when the competition was finally over. They have a knock out “round robin” in the 50m fly in Monaco. I only got through to the second round before I got knocked out. But then, I came 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in 200m and that was the end of the swimming for this trip. YAY

After the competition had finished the team was invited to dinner with Prince Albert of Monaco. So after competition finally finished we all hurried back to our hotel, got dressed up and went to the palace for a night out. Prince Albert must have been busy because he didn’t turn up until really late and then only stayed for the pre dinner session. Then when he left we were all ushered in for dinner.

The next day it was time to go. We made our way back to Nice, then after an hour and a half flight arrived in Frankfurt. We had an hour and a half wait for our connecting flight to Singapore and 12 hours later we arrived in Singapore. 3 hours later we finally boarded the plane for the last leg of our journey — the 7½hrs flight back home. I arrived early in the morning & it was freezing—just like I had heard. 8 degrees bbbrrrrrrrrrrr

I head off soon to go to Adelaide for the Short Course … if the planes are flying down there that is. Wow!!! what a turmoil that volcano in Chile has created. So fingers crossed everything goes well between now and then. It starts on 01.07.11 and goes for three days.

Hopefully you are all managing to keep warm somehow …

Until next month,

Bye for now

Jayde says:

Posted on: June 5th, 2011 by Admin No Comments

Hey Jess,

I am a big fan on you! My dreams are to make to the Commonwealth Games! I made it into the Arafura Games this year, but that would be nothing compared to what you have! I’m also going to

School Sport which is held in Melbourne this year! You are a really good swimmer, and your parents would be very proud of you! I have watched almost all of your swims! (There wicked)!

Keep up the good swimming!

Jayde says:

Posted on: June 5th, 2011 by Admin No Comments


My names Jayde, and i am in year 7! I just wanna wish u luck in the next big swim you do!

Cait says:

Posted on: May 21st, 2011 by Admin No Comments

Hi its cait again from last year i am now in grade 3/4 my teacher is mrs brown she is very nice.

May 2011

Posted on: May 1st, 2011 by Admin No Comments

Hello to you all

I can’t believe it is over one month since I wrote to you all last. The time is flying by. I’ve had a few commitments this month, and they, along with my work and my training are keeping me very busy—I guess that is a good thing.

I’ve been to a couple of trophy nights as the guest speaker/presenter. I enjoy going to the end of year celebrations. Hearing about the swimmers achievements over the past season is always interesting and brings back some great memories from my Club Days.

I did an appearance on “Weekend Today” this month down on the Gold Coast. We were doing an interview on the merits of exercise and nutritional eating. It was very interesting and there are always lots of fun people who assemble behind the scenes when you do an outside broadcast. Haha heaps of fun.

Talking about outside broadcasts and all things sporty. How awesome was the State of Origin football match in Brisbane this week. Sorry if you are not a footy fan but following my Brisbane Broncos and my fantastic QUEENSLAND State of Origin Team is one of my passions so


Well done on your fabulous game and fingers crossed you do even better in three weeks time at Game 2 down in Sydney.

I’ve been back at work again. There is plenty for me to do there. I’m not complaining though. I have a good job and the people I work with are great.

I’ve been trying to catch up with a few friends and family because I am zooming off in 4 days time, leaving winter behind (YAHOO) and heading to the northern hemisphere and some beautiful warm weather. I am competing in the Mare Nostrum again. I have done this European Competition a few times now. It is a hectic 2 week schedule doing three meets in three different countries—Spain, France and Monaco. I love the race experience which is the main reason I swim—I love competing … but the travel is gruelling. O well hopefully all will go well and once I get back I will be flying down to chilly South Australia for the Australian Short Course Meet in Adelaide at the beginning of July. So for me … it’s bye bye Australian winter and hello warm European summer for a little while anyway 

I’ll write again next month

Bye for now

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