National Championships 2015

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Hi guys! Just a quick blog in between Uni lectures and flights to let you know that I am racing at the Australian Athletics Championships this weekend in Brisbane! I will be running in the Open Women 400m and Open Women 200m which will be held across Thursday-Sunday this weekend.

2014 Australian Championships 400m finish

I'm very excited to get up to QLD and finish off my preparations, and run the 400m Heats, that are on tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 6.45pm-ish AEST). I'm feeling really confident going into this weekend, and looking forward to having a great race come Saturday night! I can't help but think about last year's Nationals - where I came 2nd but ran exactly on the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games. Hopefully I can replicate and go one better this year! We are very lucky to have Mossy & Robbo coming up and commentating the Live Stream again for the whole weekend! You can watch any of my races and more here:

http://mossyandrobbo.com

The schedule of my races can be found here:

http://athletics.com.au/portals/56/Marketing%20and%20Communications/Documents/2015%20Programs/nationals_2015program.pdf

But just so you know, the 400m FINAL is on Saturday night at 7:50pm (8.50pm AEST).

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I'd also like to take this opportunity before I race to say a quick thank-you to all of my sponsors & supporters. You can find links to their websites in the 'sponsors' tab above - or click their names below:

Firstly, all of my family & friends for your wonderful words of support! Sydney University Sport & Fitness Sydney University Athletics Club Village Pilates BMW Australia Nike

Wish me luck!

A. xx

Hunter Track Classic

Hi guys! I've had a great week of training even in the pouring Sydney rain, (runners take note: a hat is your best friend when running in the rain!) and I am ready for my first race in the Athletics Australia Tour Meets! Here is some info on my race this weekend at the Hunter Track Classic (you can find all the details for the whole meet by clicking the link to your left or the image below!)

Hunter Track Classic

I am in the Women's Raine & Horne 800m A Race which is at 8:24pm.

If you can't make it up to Newcastle there is a live stream of the entire meet by Mossy & Robbo, Athletics' favourite commentators, on their website which will begin at 6pm: http://www.mossyandrobbo.com/livestream/

This track classic is one of my favourites, there is music pumping and they really involve the crowd. It's definitely one of the most exciting meets we have in Australia! I'm running against an awesome lineup of girls and it's going to be a great race to be a part of. There is 4 Commonwealth Games representatives (myself 400m, Brittany McGowen and Katherine Katsanevakis 800m, and Melissa Duncan 1500m) and a bunch of up and coming juniors (Georgia Wassall 800m World Junior Bronze Medallist).  I have absolutely zero experience racing in the 800m so I will be learning with every step I take and trying to mix it with the top girls.

Until then, I will be doing my sun-dance to encourage the clouds to go away and completing the finishing touches to my pre-season training! Hope to see you out at the Hunter Sports Centre on Saturday night or through your computer screen on the live stream!

A. xx

2014 Wrap Up (Bahamas, Europe, Commonwealth Games, Morocco)

WOW! What an athletics season this has been. 2014 has definitely been my biggest and best year running and I have loved every minute of it.

Starting with the Nationals & Commonwealth Games Selection Trials where I ran a PB and qualified for the Commonwealth Games, then onto the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas which was an amazing experience to run for the Australian 4x400m team... and this was all before May!

Then began my journey to the Commonwealth Games, which was a long one! Starting with a training stint in Cologne, Germany for a month amongst some other Comm Games team members where we travelled around Europe for races to prepare. Then a week with the Australian team in Gateshead in England for final training and team preparations.... Finally I moved into the Village in Glasgow and began the most memorable week of my life!

The whole experience was very surreal, eating in the dining hall with superstar athletes, training amongst the Australian team, but most memorable was of course walking into the main stadium which was filled with people cheering, and running some great 400ms, holding my own against the world's best.

I ran some of my fastest times ever across the 4 races that week, my final results were 10th in the 400m and 4th in the 4x400m which I am extremely happy with!

Here is the only video I could find online: Relay Final (1st leg (52.2)- 4th place)

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Upon returning home to Australia after a short break I was asked to compete for Asia-Pacific in the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco. I knew I was not anywhere near the shape I had been in Glasgow but unfortunately had less than 2 weeks notice to prepare before I flew out to run the 400m and the 4x400m. It was still a great experience and is the fastest race I've ever been a part of as the winner ran 49 seconds! I finished 7th in the individual and 4th in the relay, which I was happy with considering my lack of preparation..

Now I am finally back home and starting back at training to build a big fitness base. I have made the very hard decision to change coaches and training squads after a decade, but am excited as to what the future holds now.

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to every single person who supported me along this journey, I would not have been able to do it without you. I am so grateful to have an amazing team of family, friends, support staff, and readers who push me to achieve my goals every day.

Hunter Track Classic

Hello! Time for the beginning of the Athletics season today. The first race as part of the Qantas Athletics Australia series is tonight - the Hunter Track Classic at Newcastle.

I am running the 400m at 8.45pm against some pretty good competition! We have two internationals in the race; Jernail Hayes (USA) and Toea Wisil (PNG). I'm getting excited to race so fingers crossed the rain and wind dies off before tonight.

I will endeavour to post my results first thing tomorrow morning but for those who may find themselves looking for something to do tonight.. I urge you to watch the live stream! Will be a very exciting night I promise :) The link to the live stream is here: http://www.huntertrackclassic.com.au/media/live-video/

Enjoy! Image

A. xx