Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas


Hi everyone

I got the best birthday present yesterday - the all clear from the surgeon to walk without crutches for the first time in 2 1/2 months! It feels very weird wandering around without them, the best thing is that I can now carry stuff; the only downside is that I now have no excuse not to do the dishes! My leg has got a bit skinny from non-weight bearing, but the muscle tone will come back quickly.

Having no training (or work!) has meant I have been able to spend a bit more time relaxing down at Lake Hawea which has been awesome. The lake was perfect for 'icing' the foot!

I am going to be starting back into training on 10th January which I am really looking forward to. I am going to be working with Angus Ross for the first few months doing general conditioning before starting back with Andrew in April when we get back into more technical work.

2011 is going to be all about getting back into top shape and working towards Olympic qualification in summer 2011/12. Whilst I am gutted to not be able to have a crack at World Champs I think that it may be a blessing in disguise as I will be able to take things slow and get lots of solid training under the belt without the time-pressure of major competition next winter. This will undoubtedly be beneficial leading into an Olympic year.

Ending the year with screws in my foot wasn't exactly what I had planned but if I look back at 2010 we still achieved a lot: two Commonwealth Games qualifiers, 4th NZ heptathlon title, personal best in shot put (plus a win in the shot in Delhi!), I was the strongest I have ever been (90 kg powerclean), and I was able to line up in Delhi in the black singlet, represent NZ and have a good crack at it!

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year holiday and a HUGE thank you again for all your support in 2010, bring on 2011!

Cheers, Becky

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Surgery


I had surgery on my foot last week, with three pins being put in to hold the foot together in the right position while the lisfranc ligament heals.
I am on crutches for another 4-6 weeks, can't wait to get rid of them as I have already had 5 weeks cruising around on them...at least my bench press PB will improve with the upper body workouts!
I will be able to jog in about 3 months and I can then have the pins out in 8-9 months time. Its great to have the surgery done and now I can start the recovery process!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Foot update

Its two weeks today since I hurt my foot during the heptathlon at Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Thank you so much for all your emails of support, sorry I have not been able to reply to all of them.

Since I have been home I have had an MRI, another x-ray and seen a surgeon.

Turns out as well as two broken bones, I have also torn my lisfranc ligament in my mid-foot which helps to keep the foot stable. As a result I need to have surgery to pin the foot back into place to let the ligament heal in the correct position. I hope to have this done in the next three weeks.

Unfortunately this means I will not be able to compete this summer. World Champs are being held in Korea at the end of August 2011. Whether I can compete there or not will depend on how the recovery and rehab goes and whether or not I am able to post an A standard qualifing mark (6150 points) before the 8th August. At the moment I have only done the B standard (5950 points).

For now I will try and make the crutches, the moon-boot, the pool and the gym my friends and keep my eyes firmly on London 2012!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Results

The final results for the heptathlon were:

Hazel (ENG) 1st 6156
Zelinka (CAN) 2nd 6100
Clements (ENG) 3rd 5819

It was really, really tough to watch the 800m and see the final medalist's scores were well within my reach, with both silver and bronze being less than my personal best.

I was comforted by the fact that I wasn't the only one to not complete the event, and my heart goes out to the other 4 girls that had to pull out too, I know how they feel!

I am heading back to NZ today, much as I would love to stay in Delhi and cheer on the rest of the team, hobbling around on crutches isn't great so we decided it was best to get back home.

Thanks for all your messages of support over the past days.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Wondering what might have been...

Unfortunately due to injury I have had to pull out of the heptathlon at the Commonwealth Games. The foot injury which I picked up in Cairns a couple of weeks ago came back to haunt me yesterday on the track in Delhi.

After being confident that all was ok with my foot after receiving a clear MRI scan in Hong Kong and the medical team managing the pain prior to the competition I started the competition confident and ready to rock.

However, I felt it slightly in my first event, the 100m hurdles, where I ran 14.18 to win my heat. It was slower than I had hoped, but with 6 events to go I wasn't too worried knowing I could catch up points.

For the next event, high jump, the foot the foot was worse and I didn't do any warm up jumps to reduce the amount of impact. I missed the first attempt at my starting height of 1.54 and was thinking oh no this is going to be bad! Luckily one of the NZ docs arrived in time to give me some more pain relief in the middle of the comp and I went on to clear 1.69 and narrowly missed 1.72 (which would have been a personal best, my best being 1.71 from Beijing). 1.69 is my second best ever high in a heptathlon so I was stoked, especially given the foot pain and lack of warm up!

Next event was the shot put, an event which was less stressful on the foot. I had a good comp throwing 14.64, a personal best in a heptathlon and dominating the field, throwing almost 1.5m further than the next best girl. This propelled me back into medal contention and I was sitting 4th after 3 events, with my strong events to come: 200m, javelin and 800m. Needless to say I was fired up and excited going into the 200m, ready to claw back some more points and finish a solid 1st day. Brent Newdick, the kiwi decathlete, and Nikki Hamblin, my room mate and 1500m runner, both won silver medals just minutes before the 200m, giving me extra inspiration!

Unfortunately this is where things came really unstuck with the foot, after about 50m it got really, really sore and I pulled up, unable to finish and had to be carried off the track in a stretcher....not a way any athlete wants to leave the stadium at a Commonwealth Games. As I did not finish the race there was no way I could continue the competition.

This morning I had an x-ray in the village and it turns out in the 200m I broke the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones in my foot. The medical staff are not sure how this relates to the pain I had before hand...a puzzle to be solved once we get back to NZ and do some more investigations. For now I am cruising around the village on bloody crutches! On the bright side the breaks are in a place which heals quickly.

I am devastated, especially given that I was back up near the medals after the shot and confident of staying in the mix on day 2. The fact that I had had such a great build up to the Games and was in such fantastic shape makes it even harder to cope with. This was probably my last chance at a Commonwealth Games medal, to come so close and leave like this is a bit of a nightmare to say the least, but as a friend of mine said "Sport can be extremely brutal sometimes, when you have done everything right sometimes it still kicks you in the teeth."

I feel especially for my coach Andrew, who has been through the entire journey with me, putting in all the hours at training with me, to finish like this is as devastating for him as it is for me. But he has a saying "whilst I breathe, I hope" and I am still breathing!

A huge thanks goes to the medical staff who helped to get me as far as I did - Vanessa, Liesel, Helen, Lynn, Andrea and John thank you for your time and outstanding care.

To all the people who helped me with sponsorship, family, friends, people who bought and sold chocolate for me...the list goes on...I couldn't deliver this time, but your support has been so outstanding and I couldn't have made it this far without you, so thank you.

To mum and dad who came all the way to Delhi to cheer me on, I can't thank you enough, it was so great seeing you in the stands as I warmed up for the 200m, and so great to have you there afterwards to comfort me! We spent some time together this morning sitting on deck-chairs at a police checkpoint outside the village, surrounded by policemen with machine guns - due to security constraints meeting points with family are pretty limited!

Its going to take a while to soak in, its all pretty raw today...wondering what might have been. In the mean time I am focussed on healing the foot, and as for what the future holds I am not sure, I head home next week for a break and time out. I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Start list


The start list is out, 13 entries and I am ranked 3rd on both seasons bests and personal bests. Click on the picture to check out my opposition!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The village




We arrived safe and sound from Hong Kong and into the village in Delhi. Got a great welcome with a haka by some of the team as we walked into the NZ apartments.

I have a room with Nikki Hamblin, the 800/1500m runner. The apartments are massive, there are a few issues with plumbing etc, but the beds are comfy and we have everything we need. The NZ crew here did a great job of getting it all ready for us.

Here are some pics of the village. The NZ team has a place called "Base Camp", with fake grass all the way from NZ covering the floor, where we can hang out and watch the action on 3 big TVs.

Three days to go...countdown is on, startlists out tomorrow.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Delhi Day!

Its finally here - departing for Delhi today! Really excited, looking forward to getting in there and doing the business! Thanks heaps for all the messages of support guys.

The internet access is apparently a little sketchy from inside the village so I may not be able to update often.

The schedule for heptathlon events on Sky TV is below (Delhi time in brackets)

Friday 8th:
1815 (1045) - 100m hurdles
1900 (1130) - High jump

Saturday 9th:
0130 (1800) - Shotput
0300 (1930) - 200m
1730 (1000) - Long jump

Sunday 10th:
0100 (1730) - Javelin
0315 (1945) - 800m

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Commonwealth Games Website


Check out the following website: http://www.facebook.com/NZ29028 for the latest on the NZ Commonwealth Games team.
The flag bearer for tomorrow's opening ceremony is being announced tonight.
Unfortunately we will miss the opening ceremony, but we depart Hong Kong for Delhi on Monday, can't wait!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chocolate Raffle Winners

The prize winners have been drawn for the raffle tickets which came with the Cadbury chocolate fundraiser.

The winners are below, thanks so much to everyone who purchased some chocolate!!

David Fulton
Shane Nash
Kathy Grant
Reuben Lindsay
Michelle Kiesanowski
Ellen Gray
Amanda Gould
Barbara Wheater

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

All go for Delhi

In the last week or so there have been a few question marks about competing in Delhi, firstly there have been the set backs with the state of the village etc but that is all been sorted out and athletes and officials are arriving already.

Secondly I had a bit of a scare with an injury to my foot at the Oceania Champs in Cairns last week. Arrived back in Hong Kong on Sunday and had an MRI yesterday and got the report back this morning with the all clear that no serious damage had been done so needless to say I am extremely relieved! Its just a matter of managing the pain which is easily done and its improving every day.

Quite a few of the other NZ athletes are here in Hong Kong now, I am rooming with Liz Lamb the high jumper...hoping some of her awesome high jumping will rub off on me! We are staying in the same hotel we were in before the Olympics in 2008 so great to be back in familiar surroundings.

So we are all go for Delhi...depart on the 4th Oct!!

Sky TV Profile

Link to the Sky TV profile: http://www.olympic.org.nz/delhi-2010/videos?vid=9034

Friday, September 24, 2010

Not such a great day at the office...

Hello from Cairns,

We arrived here on Tuesday from Hong Kong, it was nice being in a small, sleepy city like Cairns after being in Hong Kong.

Then things started to go downhill from there!

I started the competition on Thursday with the 100m hurdles. I stuffed up the start big time, mis-timing the first hurdle and ended up going the whole way on my wrong leg! Lucky I used to do 400m hurdles where you have to alternate legs! But needless to say I lost valuable time and ended up running a slow 14.70. But the trick to a heptathlon is to move on from a bad event and nail the next one so I put it to the back of the mind and on to high jump. There I cleared 165 easily which I was happy with and then nailed a 14.40 shot which was great after only throwing 13.21 last weekend in Hong Kong.

So I was getting back on track and was fired up for a great finish to the day with the 200, aiming to gain some points on those lost in the hurdles and make the most of a nice tail wind blowing. Unfortunately after about 70m I pulled up with a very sore right foot and didn't finish the race.

So despite the high and shot it wasn't a great day at the office!

My physio, doc and coach are confident that the foot injury is nothing major and that I will be ready to rock in Delhi in exactly two weeks time. Luckily for me this is the time when we start to taper and do very little training so it won't affect my build up to have a few days off the leg to let it heal.

Some good news is that despite all the dramas in Delhi with bridges and the odd roof collapsing and sub-standard conditions in the village the NZ team officials have decided that its all good to go so thats great!

We fly back to Hong Kong on Sunday for the final part of the preparation and then on to Delhi on the 4th.

Thanks so much for all your messages of support, and I promise my next post will bring better news!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hong Kong adventures



We had dinner at this amazing seafood restaurant the other night. All along the street were seafood markets with all kinds of live seafood in tanks, and you went and picked out what you wanted to eat and they would bring it to the restaurant and cook it up for you. It was the most tasty, amazing fresh seafood to eat!

The squid we chose squirted me with ink as he got taken out of the tank...but I had the last laugh...he was delicious - salt n pepper style!

Vanessa, Andrew and I also went to visit the Australian International School to talk to the 7-8 year old kids in one of my cousins classes and help present awards at their Sports Awards Ceremony. Its always lots of fun talking to the kids as they are super enthusiastic and they always have interesting questions.

Training has been going great, I had a 5.90m long jump yesterday, my best ever in training. I have competition again tomorrow - shotput and javelin, forecast 33deg, yea!

3 weeks to go today until day one of the heptathlon in Delhi....bring it on!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hong Kong Comp


I competed in Hong Kong yesterday at this amazing green track set amongst all the high rises (see pic on left of my physio Vanessa). I started with long jump at 9am, winning with a jump of 5.74 which was a seasons best and a big improvement on the Gold Coast last week. The competition was the longest I have ever done at 3 hours, there were 46 girls jumping and only one pit in operation so we finished at 12.00! In the middle of the comp I had a 200m which I won in 24.79, into a head wind which I was happy with.
I missed the last two jumps of the long comp due to a massive storm that came over (see pic below).
After a short break we had hurdles, I won with 14.50, a little slower than I would have liked but good to have another race under my belt.
I had a great cheer squad, some of my family who live here in Hong Kong came along and made lots of noise which was awesome!
We started warming up for high jump before another massive rain storm came over and the event then got cancelled after waiting at the high jump until 4.30 for it to stop!!
But overall it was a good day at the office and I managed to survive the increase in temperature from Christchurch!

We did high jump this morning at training to make up for the event being cancelled and I cleared 165 which I was really happy with considering the big day I had yesterday.
My coach Andrew and physio Vanessa are both here with me which is awesome.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hong Kong


Arrived in Hong Kong last night, its great to be back here...this is where we had a training camp prior to the Olympics in 2008. Went down to check out the track this afternoon, an awesome set up at the HK Sports Institute with everything we need including pool, gym and even an ice bath (will be loving that after training in 30deg!). Off to dinner with my cousin who lives here in HK so will be great to see her and the family.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

1 month until blast off!


Its 1 month until comp day in Delhi! Wow its coming around really fast, very exciting! I've had a good week in Brisbane, so nice having 25deg worth of sunshine to train in. Have spent quite a lot of time glued to sky news watching the images after the quake. Been thinking of you all at home, it must be so nasty having the mid-night shakes!
The fireworks were awesome on Saturday night, lighting up the Brisbane river.
I'm flying to Hong Kong tomorrow, with my next competition on Sunday. Looking forward to the next stage of the journey!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gold Coast Comp

Had a good start to the overseas campaign at the Gold Coast last night. 14.33 hurdles into a slight head wind and on my own, 24.72 200m, 5.41 long jump and 39m javelin. I had big problems with my long jump run up and the wind so was happy with the 5.41 as was way behind the take off board so worth about 5.75! The body held up really well and am not too stiff this morning so a very good test of the day one heptathlon comp.

Worst thing to wake up to this morning was the news about the earthquake back home, the pictures looked really bad on the news but glad to hear everyone is OK. Thinking of you all and hope the power/water etc comes back on before the southerly hits!

Its "RiverFire" tonight in Brisbane, heaps of fireworks all along the river and a fly-by of fighter jets as part of the city festival so will head down to the river later to check that out!

Its 26deg here today so a welcome change from winter at home. Fly out to Hong Kong on Wednesday for the next increase in the heat factor!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Leaving NZ

I depart NZ today, heading off to Brisbane for the first leg of the journey. I got my Games uniform yesterday, its really awesome, especially with the links to Hillary and Tensing. Getting the uniform and getting ready to head off makes the Games all seem very real now which is super exciting!!
Here is a story from The Press:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/sport/4077224/Bring-on-the-warm-weather-Wardell

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The track is ready!


There has been lots in the media recently about Delhi not being ready for the Games, but we got some information yesterday from NZOC which sounded positive, including a picture of the main stadium and track which looks awesome, so at least we will have somewhere to compete! Its only 43 days to go....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Winter training


Bring on the warm weather training camp!! Training has been going well despite the wintery conditions. I ran a personal best for 600m last weekend, 1min30, so the hard work is paying off! I also threw 14.70 in the shot the same day, just 4cm off my best. Not a bad day at the office!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fundraising with a little help from the All Blacks


I am down to the last few boxes of Cadbury chocolate to sell and thought I would do something a little different to see if I could maximise the fundraising profits!

I approached the All Blacks to see if the members of the team could each sign a chocolate bar and I could then put the box of chocolate on trademe. They were keen to help and they signed them whilst in Christchurch for the Bleidsloe this weekend. I thought I would set the reserve at what the box is worth ($60) and see what happens!

Check out the trademe listing: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=308816599

Monday, August 2, 2010

1 month to go

Its one month to go until I head off overseas for the final preparations before Commonwealth Games. I depart NZ on the 1st September, heading to Australia for a week, where I have a competition on the Gold Coast, before going on to Hong Kong where we have a training camp and some competitions.

I am also hoping to compete in a heptathlon in France in mid September, but it is very difficult to get a spot in the comp, so fingers crossed!

Training has been going well, but I am looking forward to heading to warmer climates and not having to dig the shot puts out of the mud!

Friday, July 16, 2010

New sponsor

On advice from my doctor I am going to take my own food to eat in Delhi prior to my competition to help eliminate the chances of getting the dreaded "Delhi Belly".

I approached Back Country Cuisine who make food "for adventurers" to see if they would be able to help me with freeze-dried meals. Although the food is aimed at the kind of adventurers who are climbing mountains and braving the great outdoors, they were keen to help me out on my heptathlon adventure at the Commonwealth Games!

So a big thank you to Back Country Cuisine for their support. For more info check out http://www.backcountrycuisine.co.nz/bcc/

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Biggest shot put....ever!

I finished my month training camp in Brisbane on a high with a personal best in the shot put at a meeting on the Gold Coast, threw 14.74 so edging closer to 15m! I also competed in the high jump, javelin, 400m and 800m with solid performances in each.

The body is healthy too which is great and I am now back in NZ braving the cold and getting back into some heavier training before the next competition phase which will be before the Commonwealth Games.

My next competition is likely to be in Hong Kong where we have a warm weather training camp and I am also hoping to compete at a heptathlon meeting in France in September....will keep you posted!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Warm weather training camp


Its been about 21 deg everyday in Brisbane and sunny so perfect for training. My coach Andrew is here and we have had some great technical sessions which is awesome.
Today we trained at Nudgee College on their blue track (picture). The track was built by the USA Olympic team for them to prepare for the Sydney Olympics and looks really cool set in amongst the trees. Had a great javelin session, with a bit of a breakthrough, getting a really good "pull" on the jav. There was no competition this weekend, but there are the next two weekends so I'm looking forward to that. At the competition on the Gold Coast last weekend I did a really good high jump (165cm), the 4th best high jump comp ever, a pretty average shot put and a good 400m time trial.

Friday, June 11, 2010

CWG Team and Brisbane

I got officially named in the NZ team for Commonwealth Games today which is awesome! (see: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/3801612/Olympic-medallists-head-NZ-Commonwealth-Games-athletics-team)

Arrived in Brisbane on Wednesday, so good to finally be warm (there was ice on the track and fresh snow on the hills at my last training session in Christchurch!) Coach Andrew Maclennan arrives tomorrow and we head down to the Gold Coast for a competition, my first one since the NZ summer, looking forward to it!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Full time athlete...

I just finished my masters thesis, all printed and done, yay! Its such an awesome feeling....now I am going to be a full time athlete and can concentrate fully on Commonwealth Games, oh and the business of selling chocolate!
I also had a great day at training with a standing shotput PB of 13.25m a big improvement on my previous best of 13m. Bring on a 15m glide!
I am currently ranked 13th in the world in the heptathlon and 3rd in the Commonwealth: http://www.iaaf.org/statistics/toplists/inout=o/age=n/season=2010/sex=W/all=n/legal=A/disc=HEP/detail.html

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chocolate!

Cadbury gave 10 athletes chocolate grants to help with their preparations for Commonwealth Games and I was lucky enough to get one!! The grant is in the form of chocolate that we can sell to raise funds. I am going to run a raffle whereby if you buy some chocolate you can go into the draw to win prizes.
I will post more details soon, but if you are keen to buy some chocolate that would be great (stops me from eating it!), or even better if you are able to take a few bars and sell them to your workmates. Either way if you are willing to help out please get in touch.
Training is going well apart from the weather, its pretty much rained for the past week which has hampered a few sessions. I am off to Brisbane for warm weather training camp in just under two weeks which will be awesome!
This week I am finishing off my masters thesis and handing it in on the 31st, thats going to be so good as then I will be a full time athlete which will be a luxury!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Training has been going really well, I did a personal best for power cleans in the gym (90kg) which was pretty exciting! All the work we have been doing in the gym is paying off! My old pb was from 5 years ago...nice to be the strongest I have ever been going into CWG. We have also had a bit of a break-through in high jump which is great as it wasn't one of my better events over the summer.

We are just about to finish this heavy training block and I am stuffed!! Its actually nice to feel like this as I know I have put lots of 'money' into my training bank.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hi everyone,
This is my first blog for the build up to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October 2010. I have done the qualifying standard for the heptathlon twice this summer (Standard = 5800 points). The initial team will be named during May, with the final team named in August once the qualifying period is over.

Now that the domestic competition season is finished in NZ we are back into heavy training. I am currently doing weights, bounding, pushing the sled, jumping with a weighted vest and running on the beach as well as working on the technical events. Its a fun time of year as we get to do some different things.

I am currently also trying to finish my thesis for my Masters in Transport Engineering. Once I have this done (end of May) I will be a full time athlete, which will be a nice way to build up to the Games.

I am going to be updating my blog every couple of weeks to let you know how my preparation is going. But for now, I had better get ready for training, this afternoon I have 600m, 500m, 400m to run. This morning I did weights and jumps, Tuesdays are a big day training with double sessions!