China, Korea and Trials

Hey everyone! Sorry it's been a while since my last blog. I've been in the social networking 'black hole' that is China racing and traveling to Korea.

Heading into the World University Games I was on a high having been selected for the World Championships, and my training had been going really well. I was feeling great! Unfortunately everything didn't go to plan once I arrived in China. I comfortably made it out of the 400m heats, however as I was warming up to run the semi-final I tore my hamstring and had to be scratched from the race. I was very disappointed and frustrated because I was feeling ready to run a 52 second race and had my eyes firmly set on making the final.

I am in now Daegu, South Korea as part of the Australian Athletics 'Flame' team working around the clock with some of the best physio's in the country to be ready to run in the 4x400m relay team. Things are progressing really well, and I'm very confident that I'll be ready to run next Friday with the team.

Apart from the minor set back, being in the athletes village in both China and Korea has been an eye opening experience. Yesterday I was at the track with Usain Bolt, and eating in the dining hall across from Allyson Felix. We find it hilarious seeing the Jamaican team strut around like they own the place, but everyone knows it's really the Australian team..

It's so inspiring getting to know the other Australians here, people like Sally Pearson, Mitch Watt and Steve Hooker who are the defending World Champions, or are the favorites to become World Champions, they make you feel at home and encourage all the younger and new athletes to be the best we can be.

Being the 2nd youngest on the team I'm getting very well looked after by everyone and am looking forward to when the Championships start on the 27th.

To follow the Australian 'Flames' go to: http://www.athletics.com.au/ or check them out on Facebook where you'll find interviews with the athletes and behind the scenes photos and Q&A's.

Last but not least, a HUGE congratulations to Lachlan Renshaw who is now the 800m World University Games Champion, getting the gold medal ahead of some top Kenyans and Americans. He ran a gutsy race pushing his way to the front in the last 50m. It was very exciting!!

Anyway, hope everyone is well and I'll keep updating the progress of my hamstring as it gets closer to the race.

A.xx