Saturday, September 17, 2011

Running, finally!

I had my first running session in 11 months yesterday! It was so cool to be moving at a pace that was faster than walking, even if it was only slightly faster as I was just jogging 100m on the grass and then walking 100m. But it was a big step forward for me in terms of getting back into specific training. The hip felt fantastic and my foot was a little sore, but I am confident it will improve.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

NZ Olympic Committee helping with earthquake recovery

Today I was lucky to be able to go home to Christchurch for the day for a New Zealand Olympic Committee function where it was announced that Christchurch would be hosting the official welcome home event for all the Olympic medallists and team members from London Olympics.
It was also announced that the New Zealand Olympic Committee would also be donating $200,000 to help Christchurch athletes whose training has been affected by the earthquake damage to facilities.
It was really awesome to see how the New Zealand Olympic Committee has come to the aid of Christchurch athletes and also really fantastic for the people of Christchurch to be able to host the welcome home party post the London Olympics next year, where there will be no doubt a whole lot of Olympic medals on display!
As a Christchurch athlete (albeit Dunedin based!) it’s humbling to see how people are getting behind Christchurch with gestures like this, thanks heaps NZOC and to everyone else involved!

London Chef de Mission Dave Currie, Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, and myself at the announcement (Photos: Martin Hunter, Getty Images for NZOC)