National Champs 2013... Living & Learning!

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Hello all, Over the weekend I competed at the Australian Athletics Championships in the 400m and the 200m. I went into the championships ranked number 1 in Australia in the 400m, having run PB's in almost every race I had competed in, and was pretty confident that I was in shape to possibly take out the gold in both. Even though I came down with a cold the weekend before and was still not 100%, I felt ready to race and in the best shape of my life. Unfortunately the weekend did not pan out the way I had hoped!

The 400m was a battle between Caitlin Sargent (QLD) and myself, but she just got the better of me on the line; winning in a time of 52.68, and I finished second in 52.80. I was pretty disappointed as that meant I could not gain automatic selection for the World Champs team, however it has gained me selection for the World University Games nonetheless. A link to the race is here: http://www.runnerstribe.com/coverage/250671-Australian-National-Championships/video/705338-Womens-400m-Aus-Champs

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After the 400m I had to pick myself up quickly and prepare for what the next day held; the 200m rounds. I cruised through the heat in 23.87 and felt so ready to redeem myself in the 200m final. There was good competition in Toea Wisil (PNG) and a speedy junior Monica Brennan (QLD). Unfortunately, I was a little too fired up and false started in the final. This meant I was automatically disqualified. Monica Brennan went on to win the gold in a personal best time of 23.42  I was and still am very upset about both races, but have learnt a lot of lessons from this weekend!

My coach and I are going back to the drawing board and I will begin an intense winter training block to get me stronger and faster for whatever comes my way next time. It is very disappointing having been focussed on this goal for so long and I've work so hard to try and achieve it, but sometimes things don't turn out how you had hoped. I will live and learn and definitely be a stronger person and athlete because of experiences like this. A big thank you to everyone who has sent me amazing messages of support, they all encourage me to work that extra bit harder for next time! Also a big thanks to New Balance and Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness who have both supported me for the last few years, I'm a very proud Team NB and SUAC member.

Thanks, A. xx

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(My thoughts and prayers are with those affected in the Boston Marathon. Such a horrific tragedy, and really puts personal challenges into perspective. I'm sure the running community will hold strong and support those who are really in need at this time.)