Welcome to myHockey. I play for the WA Diamonds and the Hockeyroos. I made my debut for Australia in 2005 and I’ve played at four Champions Trophies, a World Cup, Commonwealth Games and the Beijing ...
01:44PM, Wed 12 November 2008

My Olympic adventure - from Collie to Beijing

My Olympic adventure - from Collie to Beijing
The Beijing Olympics were the best two weeks of my life, but also the most disappointing.

I’m from a country town called Collie in the south west of Western Australia so it was quite a big thing when the small town country kid made it to the Olympics Games.

I started playing hockey when I was seven. All my family played so it was only natural that I should play as well. One day, I went to watch my sisters play in a game. They didn’t have enough players in the team so I filled in. I guess I’ve continued from that point to representing my country at the Olympic Games.

When I finished my grade four in Collie, I moved to Perth to study and played club hockey for a couple of years  which was great fun. Then I was picked for the state under-21 team in 2004, and in 2005 I was named in the Australian squad. All of a sudden hockey got serious...

Beijing was my first Olympics and my family came over to support me which was great. They were pretty excited and overwhelmed by the whole thing and very proud of me.

It’s disappointing to know that we were so close and yet so far. Hockey is a team sport, but you look at your own performances and although I was happy with how I played, you can always be happier and strive for higher standards.

It’s a whole different playing field when you’re out there at an Olympic Games. There’s a lot of pressure. You go out and do your best but I think nerves got the better of me in some instances.

After the draw against China it was a case of, “What if... what if I had done that better?”

The thing about the Hockeyroos is that we are a great bunch of girls. Everyone gets on well. We’re friends or more like sisters. It was great to share the moment with all of them.

The Hockeyroos stayed together in an apartment in the Olympic Village. You share a room and live and breath each other for five weeks of your life.

We got to go to the Opening Ceremony and to be there as part of the Hockeyroo team and part of the Australia Olympic Team was one of the best moments of my life.

The whole of the Australian Olympic Team were staying in the same block in the village and I made lots of new friends amongst the team.

Everyone got on well and were very supportive of each other. If you weren’t training or focusing on your event then you would be sitting downstairs with a whole group of other Aussies watching and cheering on Australia. It was the typical Australian camaraderie.

The friends you make are very important - and not just within the Australia team but also with people from other nations as well.

You get to rub shoulders with some of the greatest sports stars in the world. You might see Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal walking through the village.

I reckon I still haven’t fully realised the enormity of the Olympic Games. I’m sure it’s something I’ll enjoy looking back on when I’m older.

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