The day has arrived and soon these games will begin. Say what you like I think this will be an unforgetable event. Last night we had the team function and you can’t help but be inspired by the experience of being an Olympian. We heard a few speeches, by John Coates and Kevin Rudd, plus our flag bearer. James Tomkins had the honor bestowed upon him and it is something that he is very deserving of and proud to be representing the team.
What I love was also seeing the video footage of past games and past flag bearers. It reminds you how amazing the history of the games are with the culmination of our countries efforts being seen over so many years. Tonight the opening ceremony will mark the beginning of this event and since we compete tomorrow we won’t march, but will enjoy watching it on TV like many back home and around the World.
What does it mean to be an Olympian? To me it is the wonderful satisfaction that comes from knowing you are part of or have been part of an extraordinary experience. To play a part in representing our country is a great honor and one that I certainly am grateful that I have been able to experience. The other element to it is the sense of being part of a great team. Firstly the Australian Olympic team has a fantastic feeling about it and our rowing team has been positive and upbeat about preparations. Then there is our smaller team in particular Chris, Duncan and I. The layers of team make it such a cool thing that we get to go through.
The games will begin and with it all the excitement, anxiousness, nerves, fears and doubts will begin to spring to life. Left, right and center we will all go through the full range of emotions and the time here will feel like we are on the biggest roller coaster in the World. So may the ride live up to expectation and let the good times roll.