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APRIL 2018

Posted on: April 29th, 2018 by Jessicah No Comments

Hey Everyone

A very busy couple of weeks have flown by since my last blog.

The most obvious and exciting thing that has passed has been the Commonwealth Games. A very exciting 11 days of competition all around. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Australia dominate, not only in the pool but in all other sports too.

We have been glued to the TV watching all the different sports and now I’m not too sure what I’ll watch on TV. I was fortunate enough to make it down to the Diving Finals on the 14th. I got to see the Womens 3m Springboard where Madison Keeney won a silver medal narrowly missing the gold by .5  a point and the Mens 10m Platform with a nail biting finish by Domonic Bedggood to win the Gold. An amazing performance by Australia all around and spectacular to watch. It definitely made me sad that I couldn’t be there to compete with them as it bought back so many memories.

I was fortunate to be involved also with the Queens Baton Relay. I got to run a leg of the relay on Sunday 1st April at Beenleigh. That was a very exciting experience and awe inspiring to hear the stories of the amazing members of our communities that also got to participate.

 

The School holidays have been and gone now too. We managed to get some vacation time and flew up to Cairns and then drove down to Innisfail to visit Brett’s family. We got to stay up there for a couple days, catching up with family and friends and having a great time. It was Robbie and Charlies first plane trip since they were both very young and they loved it and handled the travelling really well (thankfully – lol).

 

Also over the holidays we got to go to a Broncos home game and were very lucky to be invited on a tour through the new Broncos training facility. It is absolutely amazing and state of the art. They are very lucky.  Robbie is back at school now and Charlie at  Junior Kindy and they were both excited to start back and see their friends.

I know it is a little belated but i hope everyone had a very Happy Easter and got to spend time relaxing with friends and family and eating a little choccie 🙂

Well that’s it again for now

See ya

MARCH 2018

Posted on: April 3rd, 2018 by Jessicah No Comments

Hi Everyone

Well it’s exciting to be back online after taking a couple years off while our two little boys were so young and took up all my time.

It has been a crazy couple of years post retirement after the London Olympics in 2012 with the birth of our eldest son Robert in May 2013 and our youngest son Charles in May 2015. It took me quite a long time to find my feet once I finished swimming. Trying to wrap my head around motherhood and decide what I wanted to do post swimming.

I knew I always wanted to be involved with Swimming somehow after I retired as it has been a massive part of my life, but I didn’t know for sure in what capacity. I tried coaching and found that that wasn’t for me. I am very happy to say that when I was pregnant with Robert, Swimming Queensland offered me a job in Junior Development. A new program they were launching called the Junior Dolphin Program (now know as the Optus Junior Dolphin Program) which of course, I jumped at the chance to be involved in. Swimming Queensland were amazing and let me work from home after the bub arrived (and the second bub too). The program itself piloted in Queensland for 3 years before it became a national program. It has been amazing and eye opening to see what goes on behind the scenes in the swimming world and I’ve realised a passion for Junior Development. It has been awesome to see and help the program grow. I’ve been very fortunate with the program to be able to go to Swim Clubs and Schools to give talks and do Clinics which is something I enjoy doing immensely as I get to share my story and any tips I can.

Once Charlie was a bit older and I had more of a routine down I also started working in Swimming Queensland’s Swim Shop (located in the reception area at the Sleeman Centre). This wasn’t an avenue I thought I’d ever be interested in but gave it a go as I had spent many years putting racing suits on and using training gear so I felt like I had insider knowledge. To be honest the the years of first hand experience have come in handy and it’s easy to be able to help people through the process of choosing suit or training equipment or togs. Again an eye opener is what’s involved in running a retail business and the process behind every action. It has been great to be able to expand my learning down this path as well and i’m very proud of our shop.

Now of course I have to mention my babies (no matter how big they get they will always be my babies). Being a mum has been the biggest learning curve of all. Who knew that all the stories you hear about kids and about having kids are true haha. What took me by surprise the most though, even after hearing the stories, was how deep and irrevocable the love for them is. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for those two little monsters!

Robert is so much like his dad with his quiet manner and quick learning and Charlie so brave and confident, willing to give anything (and I do mean ANYTHING) a go. They are both so happy and full of love and excitement. I’m sure there will be many stories I get to share with you in the future about them both and I look forward to it.

With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games just around the corner I cannot wait to watch all the action and support our Aussies battling for gold!! I had the privilege of taking part in the Queens Baton Relay which was an absolute honor and amazing experience which has me really excited for the opening ceremony in the coming days!!

Thanks for tuning back in to my blog. I hope to keep it updated often with our adventures and what’s been happening

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI

 

 

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.

YAY QUEENSLAND!!!

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

YAY QUEENSLAND.

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
jessname

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