I have enjoyed a rather quiet time since returning home from Beijing, which is 4 months ago now. It has been a time of celebration of my commitment to my Beijing journey, and relaxation to breathe again after the very intense period of pre-Games focus. I have also been dealing with the hollow that has formed and replaced my Beijing mission but have had the experience of dealing with these emotions and sensations when Athens came and went. However, it is somewhat more amplified this time round with thoughts of retirement.

The thought of life as a ‘non-full time’ athlete is overwhelming but also exciting.  It is hard to leave something that I love so much, that has allowed me to achieve one of my life dreams but I am an ‘all-or-nothing’ person. I’m in it to be the best and if I feel I don’t have that kind of focus or commitment to win and conquer all, it is the right time for me to walk away. I am open to the possibility of competing in future competitions but my full time competitiveness is now over.

I have discovered an enthusiasm and a passion for the property industry so I will move forward to complete my Bachelor of Business majoring in Property and development of which I am half way through at Griffith University. I will also continue to speak at schools as part of the Gold Medal Messages Program and perhaps start a ‘riding school’ to teach both young and new riders the rules of the road and technical aspects of riding a bike.

I am excited about my new adventures but it is sad and emotional for me to let go and say good bye to what has been half my life. Thank you so much for your support, you have helped make me who I am today.