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July 2011

Posted on: July 19th, 2011 by Admin No Comments

Hello to you all

Well this month has just flown by. It started with the Australian Short Course Championships which were down in Adelaide. This year they weren’t selection trials but there were Australian Titles up for grabs and seeing I was damaged last year at the short course with a back injury I was keen to reclaim the 200 butterfly title.
I was happy with my times down in Adelaide because we swam whilst in heavy training so I didn’t do too badly at all.
The rest of this month up until now has been a blur of events, outings and training for me. A couple of days after I got back from Adelaide it was the third State of Origin Rugby League Game. I am a huge Broncos fan and a born and bred Queenslander and I was lucky enough to get tickets to go to the match at Suncorp Stadium here in Brisbane. It was fantastic, the atmosphere was electric and WE WON – woohoo – it was awesome.


SIX ORIGIN SERIES IN A ROW That is a pretty remarkable achievement for the team – CONGRATULATIONS to them all – WELL DONE!!!

The last NASA space shuttle mission take off was amazing. I am in awe of those guys going into space and how does that huge space shuttle get off the ground. I have been following it on line and the astronauts even “tweet”. They are into day 6 today. So sad this is the last one (for a while anyway).

Next I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Rugby Union Grand final – Queensland Reds vs Canterbury Crusaders. I am happy and proud to say that Queensland did it again. 18 – 13 victory. Woo – good job boys!!!

I have been to the movies a couple of times this month too. I have been very excited to see XMEN First Class, it was pretty good but nowhere near as good as Transformers Dark of the Moon, but the movie I was really waiting to see was Harry Potter the final episode. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have read the books quite a few times so was looking forward to seeing the last part of the whole series. I was a little disappointed with the movie. They definitely changed it a lot from the storyline in the book, but it was all there, action packed and wrapped up the series, so I guess it was ok.
I also got to see the Cirque du Soliel for the first time. They are absolutely amazing. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had a great time.

I also squeezed in a photo shoot this week. It has been very chilly here in Brisso lately and I had to do pool shots as well as out of water shots but still looking wet. So getting sprayed with water in the very cool weather was not much fun BUT  the photos turned out great so it’s all good I guess 

We are leaving for Singapore tomorrow so I had better finish up here and get packing and go to bed. One more training session and then we fly off to the beautiful warm weather and the racing – the part of swimming I love the most.

I won’t be home until sometime in August. Competition starts 24.07.11 and the last day is the 31.07.11. I will write again when I get back home…Hopefully, I’ll have some good news to tell you. Fingers crossed for some good swims in China.

Bye for now

Jess :-)

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

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

April 2011

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

Hi Everyone

I have been back home from Sydney for a little while now, but have been pretty busy since then. I have been selected on the World Championship Team, so I am very happy about that.

This will be my 5th World Champs:

  • 2003 when I was 16 we went to Barcelona, Spain,
    and I swam in the 100 & 200 butterfly,
    and the medley relay,
    and came home with a bronze medal;
  • 2005 when I was 18 we went to Montreal, Canada,
    and I swam in the 100 & 200 butterfly,
    and the medley relay,
    and came home with three gold medals;
  • 2007 when I was 20 we went to Melbourne, Australia,
    and I swam in the 100 & 200 butterfly,
    and the medley relay,
    and came home with 2 golds and a silver medal;
  • 2009 when I was 22 we went to Rome, Italy,
    and I swam in the 100 & 200 butterfly,
    and the medley relay,
    and came home with 1 gold and 2 silver medals;
  • 2011 this year I am 24 and will be heading off to Shanghai, China,
    to swim my butterfly again,and hopefully come home with more medals again.

I was over in New Zealand last week where I helped out with some fundraising for the Christchurch Earthquake victims. I hope anything we did can help someone somewhere.

Next week, I will be zooming off yet again to north Queensland where I hope the weather is warm and dry. I have heard that there has been so much rain in North Queensland … lucky I can swim well. I will be visiting swimming clubs and doing some clinics with them and having brekky / lunch with them all. Should be heaps of fun.

Then at the end of June the short course championships are on in Adelaide. They have a brand new pool down there so it will be good to see how it looks and how it feels swimming at the new complex. BUT I know it will be cool. There is nothing between South Australia and the South Pole so the wind will just blow up from down there and chill us all down.

So that’s the next couple of months mapped out for me. Lucky I love swimming and I don’t mind at all (except maybe the early mornings on cold winter days) … Oh well.

Will keep in touch … hope the Easter bunny comes to you all

Bye for now

March 2011

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

Hi Everyone

Well I’ve been kind of busy this month. Lots of training in the lead up to the World Championships Selection Trials and I have been back at work again.

Since I wrote to you last month, apart from the training and work, I have done quite a few talks at schools and footy clubs.

I am also an ambassador for the Leukaemia Foundation and the Shave for a Cure is currently happening. I went to the Caboolture Branch this month and helped out where I could. I was asked to shave a very brave little girl’s long blonde hair off completely. She is 9 years old and has done a fantastic job so far raising in excess of $2500. I think this is an awesome contribution from her and I think she is so, so brave to have her beautiful hair shaved off as her support to this fundraising activity.
Well done. You should be very proud of yourself.

Well, I head off to Sydney next week for the trials. They start on Friday 1st April and I will be swimming my usual 50, 100 & 200 butterfly swims.

I have worked really hard at training and gym fine tuning my stroke and all that goes with it.

So fingers crossed for some amazing swims down in Sydney.

Bye for now

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