That’s how it went.
That’s how my career as I knew it would change.
In the life an athlete, no one rarely ever sees the hardship that is required. The tears, the pain, the agony and the sacrifice. People only see the final result whether that be good or bad. The thing is as well, people rarely see the team that you got you there. The Coaches, the team-mates, the sponsors, the medical professionals and the loved ones. All their hard work and time goes into every result. But everything comes at a cost.
Over the past 6 months, I have had a lot of time to reflect on the past few years. All the amazing and not so amazing experiences and what I’ve learnt. And it taught me lots of things. It has taught me to be humble and appreciate every moment. It’s also taught me not take things for granted like family, friends, my team but most importantly, my health.
Two weeks ago, I was admitted into hospital for a full elbow reconstruction. I was scared however I knew it had to be done. I am one of the lucky ones though, I’m lucky to have chosen health insurance to help me fasten up the process. Without it, I would be lost and probably held from surgery for another year. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to get my physiotherapy treatments. And without it, I wouldn’t have been able to compete at the Commonwealth Games in April. For any athlete, for me, I can’t live without it. I rely on it for most things in my life.
What is going to happen now after my surgery? I’ve been getting this question more frequently as of late. Will I be making a return back to wrestling? Will I be taking a break? Will I be transferring to something else? You know what, I really don’t know yet, but I am excited for what the future holds. I am excited to see where a new chapter in my life may lead.
However, this gives me great opportunity to thank everyone who has been there through these past couple of years. Thank you to my family for always supporting me. Thank you to my team mates and friends for always picking me up and keeping me focused. Thank you to my partner, Craig, for always keeping positive and keeping me and track. Thank you to my sponsors for keeping financially stable when I wasn’t earning anything. Thank you to my coaches that have supported me throughout the years - Fab and all the boys at Gracie Smeaton Grange. Thank you to all my health & medical professional for putting me up with my injuries. But most of all, thank you to everyone who has been there. You are all the real MVPs.
And to give back, I have partnered up with Private Healthcare Australia to give you the opportunity to win $2000! All you need to do it tell them you have private health cover or about a time you’ve been glad you had it to be in the chance to win a weekly prize of $200 and a major prize of $2000!
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Best of luck and again, thank you to everyone who has and continues to support my crazy journey.