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Phenomenal batting record with 30 ODI hundreds; five World Cups, won three, two as match in one; most games won in history as a captain; greatest winning percentage a (over 70%) and catches and run-outs galore! In my view Ricky Ponting is the greatest time purely because of his contribution to the team winning and not just for personal the 2003 World Cup win in South Africa is my best ever moment in my “cricket” caree

That was last month, this month is a boomer for sport with the surf lifesaving, athleti national titles and Olympic selection all on the cards. Inside Rebecca Gawthorne talk runners gut for the winter running season approaching we talk to cycling athlete and amazing Rochelle Gilmore, who also graces our over this month; Michael Martin’s an Aussie meltdown, we go to the high country pre Olympic training with Eloise and I gi fast bowlers keep breaking down. Enjoy.

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JOCK ATHLETIC PAYS TRIBUTE TO KEN COLES, A GREAT MATE AND AN ALL ‘ROUND TOP BLOKE. Most have you won’t have known or heard of Ken. He was a great mate of mine and godfather to my son and finally lost a brave two year battle with aggressive bowel cancer at age 43 on the 13th of February. This tribute is to Ken because in death he displayed all the great qualities that he played his sport with in life. Courage, persistence, selflessness and determination, despite great odds against him, were all there to see as he was stripped to the bone by this horrid disease. The doctors said he wouldn’t leave hospital two weeks before Christmas, but thanks to his amazing and courageous wife Deb, Ken was able to spend his final days at home. He set a record for the longest survivor of this type of cancer and fought a great fight, just like he used to in sport as a junior and was one of my favourite team mates in any sport. Ken, you were a great mate, we’re all far better for knowing you and you will be greatly missed by all.

May you rest in peace, “Tracker”.

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RUNNING GUTS Rebecca Gawthorne ROCHELLE GILMORE Professional Athlete Profile IN IT TO WIN IT EMPIRICA RESEARCH

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FAST BOWLING: INJURY MANAGEMENT Jock Campbell

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MATILDA RAYNOLDSTHE TRANSITION Siobhan McCarthy

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OPERATION OLYMPICS Eloise Wellings


Wanda Beach Relay Team, circa 2007, 2nd at the World Surf Life Saving Championships in Lorne, VIC.

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AUSSIES BID FOR LONDON 2012 Peter Hadfield OAM

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BREAK ALL THE RULES AND WIN Dr. Michael Martin

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THE TRAVELLING (TRI) ATHLETE Dan Atkins

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ARE YOU ARE AN ELITE RUNNER OR TRIATHLETE? HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED STOMACH DISCOMFORT DURING OR AFTER TRAINING AND COMPETITION?

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RUNNING GUTS

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DID YOU KNOW THAT RUNNERS ARE TWICE AS LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE BOWEL DISCOMFORT WHEN COMPARED TO OTHER TYPES OF ATHLETES. IN FACT, ELITE RUNNERS, FROM SPRINTERS TO MARATHON RUNNERS, ARE UP TO 3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM GASTROINTESTINAL UPSET THAN RECREATIONAL ATHLETES.

Some runners may experience cramping, bloating and pain, while others experience severe gas and the urgent need to go to the toilet, as well as loose bowels. This can disrupt training sessions or ruin a perfectly good run and be quite uncomfortable and stressful, further effecting performance. Despite this, bowel function is frequently overlooked in the world of sports nutrition. Exercise is often prescribed for the management of certain bowel conditions, as it helps the movement of food through the gut. Exercise reduces the risk of colon caner and has beneficial affects for those with constipation, diverticular disease and irritable bowel. However, in elite runners, whilst exercise still has these protective benefits, it can also cause considerable stomach upset.

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WHAT CAUSES RUNNER’S GUT? There are several theories as to why runners may experience these uncomfortable bowel affects. The most prominent idea surrounds that of the blood flow and the movement of the gut whilst running.

When undertaking vigorous runs, blood is transported away from the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, intestines and accessory organs) to your muscles responsible for exercise. This lack of blood flow to the gut, known as ischaemia, has been shown to be the main cause of nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhoea. If this redistribution of blood is coupled with a rise in body temperature (which often occurs during prolonged high intensity activity such as triathlon or marathons), blood flow is further reduced. Add any level of dehydration to the equation and blood volume is reduced, exasperating the gastro symptoms. The physical movement of the gut whilst running and altered neurological and hormonal functions may also be key contributing factors to runner’s bad guts. Anxiety and stress can also worsen the symptoms.


HOW TO MANAGE RUNNERS GUT There are many dietary factors that can assist you in managing any gastrointestinal discomfort you may experience during running. As a Dietitian, my top 4 tips diet tips based on the latest research for managing runner’s guts are:

1. HYDRATION Ensure you start each training session and competition, and stay hydrated throughout. Dehydration can increase your risk of

SUGAR FILLED DRINKS CAN ALSO EXACERBATE GUT UPSET AND CAUSE DIARRHOEA. AVOID SOFTDRINK, FRUIT JUICE AND ENERGY DRINKS IF YOU EXPERIENCE BOWEL PROBLEMS WHILE RUNNING, AS THESE CONTAIN GREATER THAN 10% SUGARS, WHICH DRAW WATER INTO THE BOWEL AND CAN CAUSE STOMACH UPSET. nausea and diarrhoea and reduce overall blood volume. Instead, choose water and sports drinks (e.g. Gatorade). Check out the article “H2O for all on the Go” in Ezine Issue 5, 2011 for further tips to keep hydrated.

2. PRE-RUN FOOD

Food and fluids consumed before runs may effect the development of gastro symptoms during and after exercise. High fat and high fibre meals or snacks can increase gastro symptoms. Caffeine-containing fluids or supplements may also increase stomach upset. Make sure the last meal or snack you consume before training or a race is low in fibre (e.g. white bread rather than wholemeal or wholegrain), low in fat (e.g. low fat yoghurt rather than full fat). The timing of your last meal a race may also play a part. Plan to eat your pre-event main meal well before your run. Remember to test your individual tolerance to certain foods and timing prior to race day.

3. OTHER DIETARY FACTORS Certain foods and compounds in foods, including the types of fibre you eat, can be beneficial for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Probiotics, which are the good bacteria found in foods such as yoghurt and probiotic drinks/supplements, can also be beneficial for reducing gut disturbances. Consult your dietitian for specific advice.

4. ANXIETY & STRESS If you suffer from nerves on competition day, or are a highly stressed or anxious person, finding strategies to manage your nerves and stress. This can help improve gastrointestinal functioning and reduce the severity of gut upset. MARCH 2012

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Scott Murphy (middle distance runner), with stomach problems of a different kind, throws up during an intense sandhills session whilst still trying to hydrate.

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SPECIFIC GUT DISORDERS IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT RUNNERS EXPERIENCING CRAMPING, BLOATING, GAS AND LOOSE BOWELS, MAY HAVE AN UNDERLYING CONDITION SUCH AS COELIAC DISEASE OR IRRITABLE BOWEL. IT IS WORTH CONSULTING YOUR GP TO RULE THESE OUT OR MANAGE THESE WITH YOUR DIETITIAN TO ALLOW OPTIMAL RUNNING PERFORMANCE.

A. COELIAC DISEASE Coeliac disease is a type of food allergy experienced by those with an overactive immune system. When someone with coeliac disease eats foods containing gluten (a protein found in certain grains), the gluten causes uncomfortable symptoms similar of runner’s gut. Unexplained weight loss, bone pain, tiredness, irritation and anaemia are other symptoms of coeliac disease. If the condition goes undetected, it can affect your body’s ability to absorb important nutrients.

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NUTRITION

B. IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder, that is there is a change in how your gut operates. Many factors are involved in the development of irritable bowel. Some people have a super-sensitive gut, which means they are aware of normal movement in the gut that most people can’t feel. For others, the message between their brain and gut can get a little confused, so their gut may respond inappropriately to normal sensations. Irritable bowel may be associated with the development of gastro symptoms discussed.

ATHLETES NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEIR INTOLERANCE IS AND PLAN AHEAD. CONSULT WITH A DIETITIAN TO DETERMINE WHETHER A FOOD INTOLERANCE MAY BE IMPACTING ON YOUR GUT SYMPTOMS.


Take Home Message --------------------------------------------------Choose a low fibre, low sugar, preevent meal/snack and stay hydrated before and during training and competition --------------------------------------------------Probiotics may be beneficial for reducing gut symptoms --------------------------------------------------See your GP to rule out coeliac disease or irritable bowel syndrome, or see your dietitian to help manage these conditions

--------------------------------------------------Upset bowels, including cramping, bloating, gas and loose bowels is more common in elite runners than any other athletes --------------------------------------------------Ischaemia, the lack of blood flow to the gut, is thought to be the main cause of gut discomfort experienced by runners --------------------------------------------------Hydration status, fibre, fat, sugar and caffeine all effect the gut functioning and gastro symptoms

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ROCHELLE GILMORE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE PROFILE MARCH 2012

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MEET ROCHELLE GILMORE. TALENTED, SMART, DETERMINED. AFTER A MAJOR CRASH IN THE 2011 GIRO D’ITALIA THAT LEFT HER WITH A BROKEN PELVIS (IN TWO PLACES), GILMORE’S DETERMINATION TO GET BACK ON THE BIKE AND RACE FOR OLYMPIC GLORY HAS BEEN UNWAVERING. BUT UNDERNEATH THAT GRITTY DETERMINATION IS A SAVVY AND STREETSMART BUSINESSWOMAN. A WOMAN IN CONTROL OF HER OWN SHIP. AND IT’S JUST THE WAY SHE LIKES IT.

JA: WHO IS ROCHELLE GILMORE? I’m a professional cyclist with a dream to win Olympic gold.

JA: WHAT’S DISCIPLINE?

YOUR

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Sprinter

JA: YOU ARE AIMING TO QUALIFY FOR THE LONDON OLYMPICS. HOW IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN A WHAT’S THE QUALIFYING PROCESS? I’ve been selected in the long team of about six riders. Three riders will be selected for the final official Olympic team on the 15th of June, 2012. Between now and the selection date, athletes can compete in any or all races on the UCI (world ranked) calendar in order to gain a result or performance that would influence the selectors to select them in the final team. I will race about 20 world ranked races between now and the final cut off date before 12th June, 2012. Anything can happen between now and then but my condition is good, I’m healthy, injury-free and training really hard. All I need to do is perform at my best in April and May. The plan is simple, work hard now, harder and smarter than anyone else.

JA: TELL US ABOUT YOUR INJURY AND HOW HARD YOU’VE WORKED TO OVERCOME IT? I had a heavy crash at the 2011 Giro d’Italia on stage five, in the final 200m. I fell on large cobble stones sprinting into the centre of Verona with 50-100 women at 70km/hr. 20

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“THE FALL RESULTED IN A SEVERE CONCUSSION, A FRACTURED PELVIS (TWO PLACES) FRACTURED VERTEBRA AND THREE BROKEN RIBS. I WAS COMPLETELY IMMOBILISED FOR 40 DAYS, AND HAD TO LEARN TO WALK AGAIN, IN A POOL FIRST AND THEN ON DRY LAND.”

I was in full time rehab in Milan for another month and then progressed quickly and was back on the bike a few months after the horrific accident. The next six months were troublesome. During the period of immobilisation and rehab I lost a lot of weight (muscle) which lead to weaknesses on the bike. My main battle for the next four months was ITB friction syndrome due to lack of quadriceps muscle. I opted for surgery on my right ITB in mid- November, a surgical ITB release. I was at the point where I couldn’t ride without pain and I wasn’t going to risk this closer to the games, so I chose to undergo surgery. The surgery was a huge success. I slowly started riding again after only a few weeks and commenced a serious rehab program at Jock Athletic. I work closely with a local physio, Glen Colaco. Together, the three of us were amazed with my progression and I was back racing again (at a very low fitness level) six weeks post surgery. We’re now 10 weeks post surgery and I’m up to riding six hours a day, absolutely pain-free!

I’m able to handle maximum power lifting and big gear sprints without any lack of power or niggling pain or irritations. So, I believe I made the right decision to have the surgery.

JA: WHAT’S THE TOUGHEST EVENT OR SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT YOU’VE EVER DONE? That’s a tough question! I don’t tend to reflect on the bad days. I raced a World Cup in China and it was a pretty bad day on the bike for me, I had a stomach bug and was throwing up on the bike. I was so weak that at one point I could hardly turn the pedals over. My team supported me 100%, staying by my side. It was a painful race, the feeling was not great but I managed a third place finish. It was nice to get a World Cup podium on such a bad day!

JA: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAINING SESSION AND WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE? My favorite training session is a really long ride on my bike - up to seven hours - in the Dolomites at my European home in Northern Italy.

JA: MOST YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ARE LURED TO EUROPE AND THE US TO PROGRESS THEIR CAREERS. GROWING UP IN CYCLING IN AUSTRALIA, HOW DOES AUSTRALIA COMPARE TO EUROPE IN TERMS OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CYCLISTS - THE SYSTEMS, THE TRAINING PROGRAMS, THE TECHNOLOGY? We have some fantastic programs to nurse riders along their chosen path. If an MARCH 2012

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ROCHELLE GILMORE athlete like myself decides they want to be a professional cyclist, then Australia has all the pathways and programs to lead a rider from school level to a professional level in Europe. The structures are in place to give anyone with talent an opportunity. There are so many passionate coaches and sports scientists here in Australia. All of which are willing to work with club level athletes in order to help them realise their Olympic dream and guide them through to the highest level. If there is a will, there is a way.

JA: HOW MANY TRAINING SESSIONS DO YOU DO PER WEEK & THE BREAKDOWN? For the moment I’m in a serious training block, which involves 10 sessions a week including two sessions at the Jock Athletic Gym, two sessions on the Ergo and the rest on the road. JA: HOW DO YOU FIT ALL THAT IN, DO YOU WORK AS WELL – PLEASE EXPLAIN? I manage to fit a lot into my days! My number one priority is always training and recovery as an elite athlete but I also work very hard as a team owner and company owner, as well as promoting women’s cycling worldwide. I own a clothing label, www.rmgsport. com and a women’s professional cycling team, the Dream Team. The key to fitting everything into a day or a week is management, planning, delegating and just doing it! My personal key is sleep and

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recovery, my ability to work on and off the bike is hugely dependent on the amount of quality sleep and recovery I get.

JA: WHAT ARE YOUR SECRETS TO STICKING TO A TRAINING PROGRAM? Determination and clear goals combined with a healthy lifestyle. The motivation to avoid failure, doubts or insecurities on race day.

JA: WHAT’S YOUR BEST EXCUSE FOR NOT STICKING TO A TRAINING PROGRAM? I always do my program, only if there is a risk of getting sick or injured I will rearrange my program, trying seriously hard to

Whilst out injured, Rochelle still has great input as “Dream Team” owner and Channel 9 commentator during the Cronulla Criterium in Nov 2011. Is there anything she can’t do?

avoid excuses and staying focused on the big picture. I’ll only not stick to a training program if I discover an alternative that I believe will make me stronger!

JA: WHAT’S YOUR MOST DREADED TRAINING SESSION (DETAILS) AND WHY? I generally love training, but if I need to mention one session it would be 30 second max sprints on my Ergo. I usually end up on the floor in excruciating pain, feeling sick after the last effort for an hour or so. I have a rare ability to produce seriously high lactic acid levels.


JA: WHAT’S CHALLENGE?

YOUR

NEXT

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TO BE AT MY ABSOLUTE BEST, MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY IN APRIL/MAY FOR THE SELECTION RACES LEADING UP TO THE 2012 OLYMPICS… THEN THE BIG RACE ON THE 29TH OF JULY.

ROCHELLE GILMORE IS NOW BACK HOME IN EUROPE AND RACING TOWARD OLYMPIC GLORY.

TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ROCHELLE’S PROGRESS, YOU CAN FOLLOW HER ON TWITTER (@ROCHELLEGILMORE), CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE, OR GET THE LATEST GEAR FROM HER SPORTSWEAR RANGE, RMG SPORT GEAR.

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I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR… GOLD.

IN IT TO

WIN IT CASSIE GOVAN, PH.D. / DAVID NEAL, PH.D. / ANNA COSTER, M.A.

EMPIRICA RESEARCH SPORTING COMPETITORS WORLDWIDE SINCE THE 60’S HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE, FROM CYCLISTS ON AMPHETAMINES TO SWIMMERS ON STEROIDS. IT SEEMS THAT NO MATTER HOW MANY ANTIDOPING CAMPAIGNS ARE INTRODUCED, DRUGS ARE STILL SLIPPING THROUGH THE NET AND ONTO THE PITCH (SO TO SPEAK). SO WHAT IS PUSHING ATHLETES INTO THE DRUGS WORLD AND AWAY FROM HEALTHY COMPETITION?

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The press has hotly discussed the recent events surrounding cyclist Alberto Contador’s doping scandal. Contador has been stripped of 12 titles, including the 2010 Tour de France, after testing positive for a weight-loss and muscle building drug. Research into drug taking in sports has highlighted a widespread belief among athletes that reaching the top is only possible with the help of performanceenhancing chemicals. As the pressure on athletes mounts, with longer and harder training, and more breath-taking records set each year, perhaps they have a point? The world is gripped by super-human performance and incredible displays of


physical prowess. Has the pressure that society puts on athletes not just to win but to win with a world record become too much? Back in the 1990s, a researcher in the US, Bob Goldman, began polling Olympic athletes. There were some worrying results

ATHLETES WERE ASKED IF

TAKE AN ILLEGAL DRUG IF THEY’D

THEY WERE GUARANTEED OF WINNING AND GUARANTEED OF NO ONE FINDING OUT. ALMOST ALL

(99%) SAID

YES.

But perhaps what is more disturbing is another question they were asked – would you take a drug if it guaranteed you five years at the top of the sport, but then it would kill you. Let’s think about that for a moment – these were athletes at the peak of their careers, Olympic athletes, already achieving amazing things in their sports.

WOULD THEY TRADE THEIR LIVES FOR A GUARANTEED FIVE YEARS AT THE TOP?

ABOUT 50% SAID YES.

YES TO FIVE YEARS OF BEING THE KING OR QUEEN OF THEIR SPORT – BUT THEN DYING. That is one sobering statistic.

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Perhaps even more concerning is that use of performance enhancing drugs seems to be starting younger and younger.

HIGH SCHOOL A SURVEY OF

ATHLETES IN THE US NOT ONLY FOUND THAT THERE WAS ALREADY

FAIRLY WIDESPREAD USE OF

STEROIDS BUT ALSO FOUND THAT MANY THOUGHT THEY WOULDN’T BE

REACH THEIR ATHLETIC GOALS ABLE TO

WITHOUT TAKING STEROIDS.

And just like the Goldman athletes, over half of the steroid users said they’d take performance enhancing drugs if it guaranteed athletic success, even if it damaged their health. The pressure to succeed is clearly leading to some unhealthy decisions in athletes – but how much of it is fuelled by their own desire to win and how much of it is fuelled by society’s pressure on them to provide world-records and gold medals?

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FAST BOWLING:

NJURY MANAGEMENT JAMES PATTINSON BURST ONTO THE CRICKET SCENE THIS SEASON, TERRORISING SOME OF THE GAME’S TOP BATSMEN AND IN THE PROCESS HELPED BOWL AUSTRALIA INTO AN HISTORICAL WINNING POSITION AGAINST INDIA, ONE OF THE TOP TEAMS IN THE WORLD. THE DOWN SIDE, HE GOT INJURED IN THE SECOND TEST, BOWLED THROUGH THE PAIN AND IS NOW OUT OF CRICKET WITH AN INJURY. UNFORTUNATELY THE INJURY DEVELOPED DURING THE MATCH WITH NO SIGNS OF IT BEFOREHAND.

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CRICKET FITNESS

THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS WHY FAST BOWLERS KEEP GETTING INJURED, NOT ONLY THE AUSTRALIAN’S, BUT ALSO AROUND THE WORLD.

BOWLING IS AN UNNATURAL ACTIVITY, ONE SIDE OF THE BODY IS

IMMENSE FORCES ARE GENERATED FAVOURED AND

THROUGH MUSCLES, BONES, TENDONS AND JOINTS ON THE VERY HARD SURFACE OF THE WICKET.

THE QUESTIONS I KEEP GETTING ASKED INCLUDE: WHY DO FAST BOWLERS KEEP GETTING INJURED?

SHOULD PATTINSON KEPT BOWLING IN THAT TEST MATCH AND RISK MAKING THE INJURY WORSE?

WHAT ABOUT BOWLERS WORKLOAD?

First, let me just say, everyone in Australia would have wanted Patto to play on and help win that Sydney Test. That’s the Aussie way and that’s what we love about our Aussie sports stars - they play through the pain, win the match and worry about the consequences later. That’s what makes Aussies great and “punch well above their weight”. Once you start a match you play on and finish it. Well done Patto and well done Pat Cummins for doing the same in South Africa, both making history with their feats - case closed!

PERFORMANCE PRESSURES Brett Lee has fifteen times his body weight going through his front foot in his delivery stride, which imparts incredible stress on his ankle (6 operations), knees and back (2 stress fractures). Glenn McGrath, who bowled about 15km/hr slower than Lee, had around twelve times his body weight going through his front foot. Brett also has maintained his pace over a career spanning around 15 years and has set the benchmark very high for quick bowlers around the world as he has maintained his pace day after day, spell after spell, for all those years. So I, in part, blame him for setting such high standards for others to try and emulate. The scrutiny players are under now with the speed guns, every ball is looked at and every bowling spell from the fast bowlers is expected to be at top pace. Peter Siddle

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After the “infamous� ankle injury that cost the Ashes in 2005 and despit having an ankle swollen bigger than his knee joint (including a number of torn ligaments), Glenn played through the pain during the very next Test. He is pictured here in the recovery position, which drains waste products out of his legs, during that match.

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Brett Lee having his regular ankle strapping for injury prevention by

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is case in point as he has so brilliantly maintained his pace through this current season. The pressure on bowlers to push the physical boundaries of performance is constant and year round! To succeed in international cricket players have to constantly strive to improve and a fast bowler is always looking to bowl that little bit quicker and for longer periods.

THE FINE LINE The most physically demanding position in cricket is fast bowling. Ten years ago there were only three bowlers in world cricket who bowled regularly above 140km/hr: Brett Lee, Shoab Ahktar and Jason Gillespie. In present times many bowlers around the world hit those speeds consistently and in Australia alone there’s up to ten bowlers that do so, so the game is physically progressing.

WHENEVER ATHLETES PUSH THEIR PHYSICAL LIMITS OF PERFORMANCE AND TRAINING, THERE IS THE RISK OF INJURY. It’s a fine line between an athletes’ physical peak and injury and if Australian cricket wants to be the best then the boundaries of performance must be pushed.

BOWLER WORKLOAD Bowler workload is basically how much a bowler bowls in practice and matches and

is looked at in terms of balls bowled per day, week, month and year. There’s been enough research done in this area to have some good recommendations, but not enough research on the elite fast bowlers over a long period of time to have all the answers. What we do know is that if we have large increases in the volume of bowling in a short period of time, we increase the chance of causing problems to the bowler, which is common for any physical activity or in the case of back-to-back Tests, where Pattinson

THE RESEARCH CLEARLY SHOWS BACK-TO-BACK TESTS INCREASE THIS INJURY RISK - TAKE NOTE OF ANY OF THESE SITUATIONS, FOR EXAMPLE THE BOXING DAY AND NEW YEARS TEST IN AUSTRALIA, AND SEE HOW MANY TIMES BOWLING ATTACKS FROM BOTH TEAMS ARE INTACT AT THE END. THE CRICKET AUTHORITIES KNOW THIS, BUT DUE TO PACKED SCHEDULES, TV RIGHTS, IPL WINDOWS AND FUTURE TOURS PROGRAMS WE ARE TOLD THIS IS UNAVOIDABLE. THEY CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS; CRICKET AUTHORITIES WORLDWIDE KNOW THE RISKS AND MUST ACCEPT THE OUTCOME THAT THEIR BOWLERS WILL GET INJURED UNDER THIS WORKLOAD. MARCH 2012

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got injured going long periods bowling over weeks and months, is a definite problem area.

THE SOLUTION Another miss-match is players coming from State cricket who have a six month off-season before their competition starts. They should be preparing physically to withstand the increase in workload from State cricket to international cricket. Some states however are having three and four months off training at the end of a season. I’m sorry, but for a fast bowler this doesn’t work.

TRAINING IS A YEAR ROUND PROPOSITION WHEN YOU’RE A FAST BOWLER IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSISTENTLY SUCCESSFUL AND HELP BULLETPROOF YOUR BODY FROM INJURY. If the states utilised the opportunity to train during 5 months of this off-season, they would have state cricketers in far better shape than the national side that is playing 10 months of the year.

What we also notice is young bowlers coming from shield cricket to the national set-up are bowling up to five km’s an hour faster in Test cricket than they do in state cricket. Whether that’s adrenalin or the pressure of bowling to top quality batsmen or perhaps the advent of T20 cricket, batsmen now come harder at bowlers in all forms. Regardless this is a greater intensity than they are used to, so to look at just volume is quite obtuse. It’s the jump in intensity every time the players bowl that also adds to the physical stress. The solution isn’t one particular aspect, the keys are to have no drastic increases in workload or intensity, make the bowling preparation a year round proposition, and the rotation system the Aussies are talking about, particularly through ODI’s and T20 series also has great merit. It’s also important to note, when bowlers are being rotated, they are not resting. They will have a reduced bowling workload but in many cases will be training physically through that period to boost up other areas physically that assist in preventing injuries and improving performance. Gone are the days of looseners, medium pace spells and putting your feet up for four months. Bowlers are pushing the physical


boundaries, schedules are staying packed and the Aussie quicks are doing us proud and as all our fast bowlers have done

pushing through the pain barrier. And yes, there will be the odd injury.

JOCK CAMPBELL WAS THE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE MANAGER FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CRICKET TEAM FROM 2000-2005. DURING THIS PERIOD, THE TEAM WAS WORLD CHAMPIONS IN BOTH TEST MATCH AND ODI CRICKET (AND NO.1 IN WORLD RANKINGS). IT WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PERIOD IN THE TEAM’S HISTORY. JOCK IS NOW THE HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR AT JOCK ATHLETIC AND THE SAME FOR CHANNEL 9’S CRICKET BROADCAST. YOU CAN CONTACT JOCK BY EMAIL, EZINE@JOCKATHELTIC.COM


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THE TRANSITION SIOBHAN MCCARTHY IN RECENT YEARS,

MATILDA RAYNOLDS HAS DOMINATED AGE GROUP AND OPEN TRIATHLON RACING AROUND THE COUNTRY. WE PROFILED RAYNOLDS IN ISSUE 5 AS AN AMATEUR ATHLETE. THIS LIL’ GIRL HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE THEN. IN NOVEMBER 2011, RAYNOLDS JOINED THE ELITE ATHLETES AND HAS HELD HER OWN IN THESE PROFESSIONAL RACES. Whilst many of these athletes train full time, Raynolds works full time, and juggles life as an elite athlete. “I don’t make money from triathlon and I have a full time job. But during these pro races that I have competed in, triathlon did feel like a full time job, and a glimpse of the dream, as well as having the added confidence of being able to race competitively against some of the full time triathletes.”

Whilst holding her own in these races, Raynolds claimed 5th late last year at the famous Noosa triathlon, but has noticed the difference between amateur and professional racing. “There is definitely a lot more focus, and certainly nowhere to hide. But I love the level the bar is risen to because it only forces you to try and match it. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to line up against some of the best athletes in the world.” Raynolds’ commitment to training and now racing as an elite athlete has seen her learn how to juggle the effects of burnout, “One of my major challenges is being comfortable with resting, having time off, tapering or having recovery sessions. I am always on the go, filling every quite moment with noise and stimulation. “The other challenge is when you do take this down time or 1 session off, is you need to embrace having this down time.” Like a true elite athlete, Raynolds has built a support network around her to assist her in overcoming such challenges: “I have scheduled rest and recovery sessions MARCH 2012

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into my program, so these down times are actually a part of my training program and recovery in itself is a training session.”

“UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WERE MANY TIMES WHEN I FOUGHT WITH THE IDEA OF DOWN TIME, REST AND RECOVERY SESSIONS. I WOULD GET MYSELF WORKED UP WHEN I DID TAKE THINGS EASIER - WHICH MENTALLY CAN BE WORSE THAN ACTUALLY JUST DOING THE SESSION.” “I have good communication channels with my coach and in a way it is part his responsibility to ensure I don’t get back to that space, which takes a lot of the pressure and mental energy away from me.” “No one has ever accomplished anything without the help of others; Spot Anderson, Frank Conceicao, the Gorman family who I live with, SKINS compression garments, Nike, TREK, Eyeline, Ascend Protein and the continued support and guidance I receive from my family and friends.” With Raynolds growing up in rural New South Wales and her family and friends spread all across the country, she is still able to surround herself wit their love and support. “In the past 12 months Mum and Dad have really come on board. They started to see just how much triathlon was a part of my life and they will drive for miles, (benefit of being farmers) to see me race.” 40

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“They also offer a great perspective for me and at times are my mental coaches, with it being so valuable to have an outside supportive opinion. They never expect results though. I sometimes think I wonder how good I could be if I’d had pushy parents minus the psychological damage, but they are always just so excited that I finish. I think mum has cried every time she has seen me cross the line. I also have 3 successful farming brothers, spread over the country, who think it is mad the thought of actively going out of your way to exercise, - but they are really supportive and I hope I can one day I can win in Hawaii and have them all there (gotta put these dreams out there).”


“MUM & DAD ARE ALWAYS JUST SO EXCITED THAT I FINISH. I THINK MUM HAS CRIED EVERY TIME SHE HAS SEEN ME CROSS THE LINE”

“Tilly”, front and centre, leads the charge during training.

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With the second half of the Australian race season well under way, Raynolds is using the opportunity to race over the shorter distance despite having a true love for the longer distances. “My strengths are best suited for longer races, however whilst I have the opportunity to learn, I will be racing some short course races with the professionals, which will be really exciting because in an Olympics year everyone will be bringing their absolute A-game to these qualifying races.” Besides being an incredible athlete, growing up on the land still plays an important role

Matilda on a high after winning the

in her life; she has gone 8 seconds on a bucking bull in a rodeo.

IF RAYNOLDS WASN’T WORKING IN SPORT MARKETING AND COMPETING IN TRIATHLON, SHE WOULD LOVE TO FOCUS ON TRYING TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN RURAL AREAS.

Matilda’s dedication, passion and zest for life is inspirational and she has a big future ahead of her. Stay tuned.

Kurnell Trishave Pro Tour this summer.

SIOBHAN MCCARTHY IS A COUNTRY KID TURNED TRI GEEK AND IS CURRENTLY TRAINING WITH A TRIATHLON SQUAD AND LIVING THE GOOD LIFE ON THE GOLD COAST. TO PASS THE TIME, SHE IS COMPLETING A MASTERS OF JOURNALISM AND WRITES A BLOG ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES. YOU CAN FOLLOW SIOBHAN ON TWITTER (@SIOBHANANN).

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Operation Olympics: ELOISE WELLINGS

Eloise flying solo through the spectacular Falls Creek country side.

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All images courtesy of Jonathan Wellings, www.birdandbee.com.au


Base CAMP:

FALLS CREEK, VICTORIA I WRITE THIS FROM A TRAINING CAMP IN FALLS CREEK, VICTORIA. I’M HERE WITH MY HUSBAND JONY AND FELLOW ATHLETES VICTORIA MITCHELL AND MELISSA ROLLISON. VICTORIA IS VYING FOR A SPOT IN THE 3,000M STEEPLECHASE AT THE OLYMPICS AND MELISSA IS WORLD 70.3 TRIATHLON CHAMPION. FALLS CREEK IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO COME AWAY AND FOCUS. THE AIR IS THINNER UP HERE, AT ABOUT 1600M ABOVE SEALEVEL AND HAVING BEEN IN UGANDA (ALSO AT ABOUT 1,800M ABOVE SEALEVEL) FOR THE TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO COMING TO FALLS CREEK, I FEEL LIKE I’VE ADJUSTED TO THE ALTITUDE REALLY WELL. WITH OLYMPIC TRIALS AROUND THE CORNER,THE TRAINING FOCUS HAS SHIFTED GEARS. PREPARATION IS MORE SERIOUS AND STRUCTURED. IT’S TIME.

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ALTHOUGH IN UGANDA ON A MISSION FOR THE LOVE MERCY FOUNDATION, I WAS STILL ABLE TO GET SOME GREAT RUNNING DONE WITH JULIUS, MY UGANDAN TRAINING PARTNER.

The trip to Uganda came at the perfect time, it was when I had just resumed running again after a foot injury, so focusing on our projects over there took my mind off the stress that usually comes with getting back to running after a serious injury.

Along with us on the training runs were Samuel- an orphan of the war in Northern Uganda, whom Julius found lying underneath a bus in 2003 and has been supporting ever since and Quinto, Samuel’s friend from school who is also trying to make it in running “as a way out of poverty”. Accompanying us was my friend Caitlin and fellow founder of the Love Mercy Foundation, following us on the mountain bike.

We got up every morning when the roosters crowed and just ran how we felt, some mornings we’d get moving at a good clip and others we’d just lope along and chat the entire way about the way of life for Ugandan’s. We’d have kids run alongside us, laughing as they ran with the “Mazungo” (white person) as they made their way to school.

From Left: Samuel, Eloise, Julius and Quinto.

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EVERY NOW AND THEN, WHEN NO ONE WAS TALKING, I’D IMAGINE THAT I WAS SITTING BEHIND THE AFRICANS IN THE 10,000M AT THAT “BIG SPORTS CARNIVAL IN LONDON” LATER THIS YEAR.


Love Mercy Foundation Update UGANDA, AS IT HAS DONE IN MY PREVIOUS TWO TRIPS THERE, HAS CAPTURED MY HEART. THE PURPOSE OF OUR TRIP WAS TO GO AND COMMUNICATE IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR CENTS FOR SEEDS PROJECT. A MICRO FARMING LOAN PROGRAM WITH THEIR WOMEN. WE LOAN THEM 15KG’S OF SEEDS, THEY PLANTS, GROW AND HARVEST THE SEEDS, IT YIELDS AROUND 100KG OF FOOD, WHICH THEY FEED THEIR FAMILY WITH, THEY SELL AND PAY FOR SCHOOL FEE’S AND THEY STORE AND SAVE FOR THE DRY SEASON, WHEN THERE IS OFTEN FAMINE. THEY THEN REPAY THEIR LOAN SO WE CAN PASS IT ONTO THE NEXT WOMAN. WE’RE TRYING TO RAISE $7,000 TO RUN THE PROJECT WITH 645 WOMEN WHO HAVE REGISTERED. I LOVE THIS WHOLE IDEA OF EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVELIHOODS. EVERY TIME JULIUS INTRODUCED ME TO A NEW CROWD OF 200+ WOMEN AT THE THREE VILLAGES WE MET WITH HE WOULD SAY “SHE IS A GREAT RUNNER AND CAN BEAT THE FARMERS RIDING THEIR BIKES TO TOWN”. THEY WOULD ALL CHEER AND CLAP AND LAUGH… then he’d say “she will run

at the Olympics this year in London”… total silence. Perspective. I love it. It brings perspective that these women don’t know about it and they don’t care. I CALL ON THIS WHEN THINGS GET UPTIGHT, WHEN SMALL STRESSES GET MAGNIFIED IN AN OLYMPIC YEAR.

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Lung buster: Eloise (left) and fellow athletes smash out 6-8 x 1km reps for their usual Tuesday morning sesh. Below: Eloise and Victoria make the most of the local makeshift “icebath� in the local river.

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So up here at Falls Creek, training has got a lot more serious and structured. We’ll head out the door for our morning session, ready to start at 9.30 on the dot, we’ll run anywhere between 14-24km’s in the morning depending on what day it is, straight after every morning session we’ll ice out legs in the freezing waterhole for 10 minutes exactly. Then home for refuel, stretch, massage and recovery before heading out again at 5:30pm on the dot for another 1-2 hours of x-training (stationary bike or pool running) and gym work and usually repeating the ice bath process before dinner and then bed at 9pm ready to go again the next day. It’s a far cry from just waking when the rooster crows, running how we feel and eating chippatti for breakfast. The extent of my recovery techniques in Uganda relied on lying down with my dirty feet up against the wall in our hotel roommeant to be good for circulation.

I’m blessed to be up here among some of the most positive athletes going around, which is crucial to a training camp of this nature. All the pressures that you’ve ever felt in your career seem to be magnified in an Olympic year.

There has been a lot of media attention recently surrounding my friend and team mate, Olympic Pole Vault Champion Steve Hooker, of his decision to cut short his Australian season due to lack of confidence when it came to jumping. It’s been described as having the “yips”.

YEP, THE “YIPS” IS REAL! WE’VE SPENT A NUMBER OF LONG RUNS UP HERE DISCUSSING HOW AS ATHLETES WE ALL HAVE THE SAME FEARS AND DOUBTS AND SOMETIMES THE VOLUME OF OUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS IS LOUDER THAN IT SHOULD BE.

Even discussing our personal fears and doubts along these runs have broken a bit of it’s power. And we all agree that we have so much respect for Steve for being honest about his state of mind. I feel for him but I know that he’ll be back better than ever. No doubt about it!

ELOISE WELLINGS IS AN AUSTRALIAN CHAMPION DISTANCE RUNNER AND FOUNDER OF LOVE MERCY FOUNDATION. SHE HOPES TO REPRESENT AUSTRALIA AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS IN 2012 IN THE 10,000M & 5000M EVENTS. TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON HER ROAD TO LONDON 2012 FOLLOW HER BLOG, AND TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ELOISE’S FOUNDATION, VISIT WWW.LOVEMERCYFOUNDATION.ORG

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AUSSIES BID

FOR LONDON OLYMPIC S PETER HADFIELD (OAM) THE FIRST WEEKEND OF MARCH IS CRUNCH TIME FOR TRACK & FIELD ATHLETES LOOKING TO BE A PART OF THE AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM IN LONDON.

Currently eight athletes can be comfortable of a seat on the plane to the Games due to their automatic selection. Seven of these, Sally Pearson (100m Hurdles), Mitchell Watt, (Long Jump), Ben Harradine (Discus), Jarred Tallent and Luke Adams (50km Walk) and Kim Mickle and Jarrod Bannister (Javelin) secured their selection due to their top eight performances in the World Championships in Daegu last year. Bannister is under a slight cloud as he has been suspended by the Victorian Institute of Sport until April for 50

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an undisclosed, off-field misdemeanour. The eighth member of the team to date is former World Record holder and 2007 World Champion Nathan Deakes who has received early nomination in the Men’s 50km walk. Deakes’ nomination follows his posting of two qualifying times as well as a silver medal performance behind Jared Tallent at the Australian 50km Race Walking Championship in December. The nomination trials now become the most important event for the remaining Olympic aspirants. To secure selection, athletes must achieve the Olympic qualifying standard and perform well at the trials. A win will seal a spot, a place at the trials will only gain nomination if the athletes in front of you have also qualified. Currently the selectors must be feeling a little concerned as there are only a small


SELECTION number of qualifiers outside the eight confirmed athletes. Of these, the stand-out performer through the Australian domestic season has been Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Pole Vaulter Alana Boyd who has six qualifying heights of over 4.50m to her credit. Alana created two consecutive PB performances in the Adelaide and Perth Track Meets with 4.61m and then 4.66m, which would have placed her 6th at the Games in Beijing. Benita Willis, a three times Olympian and four times World Championships representative plus 2004 World Cross Country Champion ran 2.28.24 to finish second at the Houston Marathon bettering the qualifying time by over three and a half minutes. Young Queenslander Henry Frayne, a specialist Triple Jumper with a best of 7.14m is tantalising close to the 17.20m he needs to better the selection mark. At the Sydney Track Classic Frayne jumped a huge 28cm

PB in the Long Jump of 8.27m to better the Olympic standard, so he will be aiming for a rare Long Jump/Triple Jump double at the selection trials. World Indoor Long Jump Champion Fabrice Lapiere is getting back into form with an 8.04m jump at the Sydney meet but he still needs an extra 16cm to qualify. Five times national champion in the 400m hurdles Lauren Boden from the ACT has been a steady improver through the Australian Track Series and her determination was rewarded at the Sydney Meet with a qualifying time of 55.45 which is 0.05 seconds better than the standard. Youcef Abdi produced his third qualifying time in the Men’s 3000m steeplechase at the Sydney Meet of 8.22.01, assisted by Kenyan Jairus Kipchoge who drove the pace to finish in 8:19.14. For the 100m, 200m, 400m and hurdles MARCH 2012

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Sally Pearson is the only Australian athlete, male or female, who has posted qualifying times and she has done so in both the flat sprint events and her pet event, the 100m hurdles. Sally’s 12.66 time in the Sydney Track Classic over the hurdles is her best performance in Australia, so she is ahead of schedule to repeat her World #1 position this year.

OUR RACE WALKERS ARE WORLD CLASS AT THE MOMENT AND WE WILL FIELD THREE ATHLETES IN EACH OF THE MEN’S & WOMEN’S 20KM EVENT AS WELL AS THE MEN’S 50KM EVENT. Currently there are 15 men and 14 women who have achieved the qualifying standard in their event and this number includes the eight already nominated in the team.

ONE ATHLETE WHO HAS MADE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR HIMSELF FOR LONDON SELECTION IS THE OLYMPIC POLE VAULT CHAMPION STEVE HOOKER. STEVE ANNOUNCED THAT DUE TO A LACK OF CONFIDENCE HE IS PASSING ALL THE MEETS IN AUSTRALIA AND HOPING TO GAIN A LATE SELECTION WITH PERFORMANCES MADE IN OVERSEAS COMPETITIONS. 52

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Steve has cleared a height only once in competition since winning the Commonwealth Games Gold medal in October 2010, so he has much to do to get his head into shape to be a part of the Australian team in London. The “Goose of the Month” award goes to John Steffenson for his comments after winning the 400m in Perth in 46.11. “It was a murder scene out there, the way I murdered their little boys. Someone should call 000. It was a crime scene,” were Seffenson’s words at a post race interview. Even for Steffenson this was a bit over the top, particularly as his time of 46.11 would have only ranked him 139th in the world last year and he was still way short of the 45.30 required to qualify for the team. Thankfully John redeemed himself to a degree by running slightly better at the Sydney meet clocking 45.61, assisted by World Record holder in the 800m David Rudisha.

PETER HADFIELD OAM REPRESENTED AUSTRALIA IN TWO OLYMPIC GAMES AND TWO COMMONWEALTH GAMES, WINNING A COMMONWEALTH GAMES SILVER MEDAL BEHIND OLYMPIC CHAMPION AND WORLD RECORD HOLDER DALEY THOMPSON. AS WELL AS WORKING AS A TV AND RADIO COMMENTATOR AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, PETER PROVIDES TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR SPORTING TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS.

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L L A K A E R B & S E L U R E TH WIN R U O Y E V O L HOW TO TS H G U O H T E NEGATIV

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---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------IF I WAS IN STOSUR’S CORNER, I IMAGINE PART OF THE POSTGAME DEBRIEF MEETING WOULD GO LIKE THIS… MIKE THE PSYCH: SO SAM, TELL ME ABOUT THE AUS OPEN... SUPER SAM: I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE DISAPPOINTED WALKING OFF ROD LAVER ARENA. IT’S NEVER THE WAY YOU WANT TO LEAVE THE MATCH, LET ALONE YOUR OWN HOME GRAND SLAM. MIKE THE PSYCH: DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOUR MIND WAS TELLING YOU DURING THE MATCH? SUPER SAM: YEAH... I COULDN’T BELIEVE THAT HERE WAS ANOTHER LOWER RANKED PLAYER GOING AT ME LIKE SHE’S GOT NOTHING TO LOSE. CIRSTEA WAS ABLE TO KEEP ATTACKING AND ATTACKING. I COULDN’T BELIEVE SHE WAS HITTING MY SECOND SERVICE SO WELL. CIRSTEA TOOK ME IN THE FIRST SET AND THEN WHEN I MADE A TERRIBLE START TO SECOND, DROPPING MY OPENING SERVE TO LOVE, THEN I STARTED WORRYING ABOUT LOSING AT HOME AGAIN. I BROKE STRAIGHT BACK, BUT SHE BROKE ME TWICE MORE. MIKE THE PSYCH: OK, TELL ME ABOUT THE FINAL AT THE US OPEN LAST YEAR. WHAT WAS YOUR MIND TELLING YOU DURING THAT GAME? SUPER SAM: HMMMM... I REALLY WASN’T THINKING ABOUT LOTS. EVEN WHEN SERENA WAS GOING NUTS AT THE UMPIRE. I WAS JUST FOCUSED ON PLAYING AGGRESSIVE TENNIS. YOU’VE GOT TO GO AT HER AND DO WHAT SHE DOES TO YOU. AND I HAD A GREAT GAME. I JUST FOCUSED ON PLAYING. MIKE THE PSYCH: SO COMPARE YOUR MINDSET BETWEEN THOSE TWO MATCHES… SUPER SAM: WELL… THE US WAS ABOUT PLAYING AGGRESSIVE TENNIS, THE AUSSIE WAS ABOUT NOT STUFFING UP – AGAIN! MIKE THE PSYCH: EXACTLY! LET’S GET TO WORK ON THAT… ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Sam Stosur bows out of the Australian open in January.

She was at a loss to explain why she can hold a top-10 ranking for two years and not win a few matches for her home fans. “Well, I don’t know. I mean, it’s hard. It’s not through lack of trying or not wanting it or anything like that. I mean, you can’t pick the times that you want to play well. Of course, I wanted to do very well here” Stosur said.

WHAT’S HARDER, CONCENTRATION OR COMPOSURE? At its simplest, if you want to improve your performance by improving your mind game, you need to build mental strength in just two areas, concentration and composure.

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CONCENTRATION IS DEFINED AS YOUR ABILITY TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE RIGHT THINGS WHEN YOU NEED TO. Bad concentration is thinking about what people will think if you lose at home, when you are facing first serve for the set. Good concentration, in that situation, is thinking about getting ready to move your feet.

COMPOSURE IS DEFINED AS YOUR ABILITY TO KEEP CONCENTRATING UNDER PRESSURE. If one of your concentration goals when receiving serves is to think about moving your feet, and you can do that well anywhere in the world, but not when you are playing under pressure in a home slam, then your composure is poor.


EVEN THE GREATEST ATHLETES HAVE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS. THE THING THAT MAKES THEM GREAT IS THAT THEY STILL CONTINUE TO CONCENTRATE ON A WELL DEVELOPED FORMULA FOR GETTING RESULTS, DESPITE HAVING THESE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS – THEY STAY COMPOSED. Basically, you can’t play the way you want to play, because the pressure around playing at home has distracted you. Those distracting pressure thoughts may include “Am I going to stuff?” “What will my friends and the other players think if I blow it?” “How will this affect my rankings if I don’t perform?” They have the ability to continue to focus their game goals (e.g., moving feet on serve) and experience negativity at the same time (e.g., don’t stuff this up). They have a tolerance to negative thoughts and feelings! So any mental game training program needs to help you... • Find what you should be concentrating on (concentration), and • Increase your tolerance to negative thoughts and feelings (composure).

THINK YOU CAN BEAT THOSE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS? Traditionally, all performance psychologists, me included, taught athletes the importance of getting rid of negative thoughts and trying to feel good during competition. The premise being that “if you felt good, you would play good.” Whilst this is true,

A NEW APPROACH TO PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPED OVER THE LAST 10

“YOU CAN FEEL BAD, AND STILL PLAY GOOD.” THIS YEARS CLEARLY SHOWS

APPROACH ADVOCATES THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY MAINTAIN YOUR CONCENTRATION AND COMPOSURE WITHOUT ANY NEED TO REDUCE, LIMIT OR OTHERWISE CONTROL YOUR NATURALLY OCCURRING NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. SOME RESEARCH FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION IN THE UNITED STATES SHOWS THAT OF THE 60,000 THOUGHTS THAT WE HAVE EACH DAY, ABOUT 75% OF THESE ARE NEGATIVE. Negative thoughts are a naturally occurring part of life.

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If you improve your ability to tolerate these negatives, allowing these naturally occurring thoughts to come and go, like cars driving down the street past your house, then you will be able to maintain your concentration when you are feeling down – you’ll stay composed. Now this may sound counter-intuitive, leaving your negative thoughts alone and not trying to change or control them, but let me ask you this... “How successful have you been in getting rid of negative thoughts and feelings in the past?” My clients tell me that even though they have tried, they’ve had no success. Next I usually ask them to tell me about someone they know, who doesn’t experience any negative thoughts or feelings. Again, they don’t know anyone who has been able to completely rid their thoughts of negativity. Again, I ask them to name a sporting hero or someone they greatly respect, and I ask them to describe how this individual has eliminated negative thoughts and feelings. Of course no individuals will come to mind. Even a sporting rock-star like Sam Stosur couldn’t eliminate the pressure and expectation that comes with playing at home. My clients become very clear on this -

HIGH PERFORMING INDIVIDUALS CAN PERFORM WELL AND HAVE DIFFICULT

NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A LIFE WITH NO DIFFICULT, PAINFUL OR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. HOW TO AUTOMATICALLY SELF-REGULATION AND DELIVER AN ELITE PERFORMANCE If you are continually trying to be positive, and working at avoiding negativity, so you can always you feel “pumped up”, then you need to know that this can actually have a destructive impact on your performance. THE PRIMARY GOAL OF ANY MENTAL SKILLS TRAINING IS TO ALLOW YOUR SKILLS AND ABILITIES, REFINED OVER YEARS OF TRAINING, TO EMERGE AUTOMATICALLY DURING COMPETITION. THIS CAN ONLY HAPPEN IF YOUR MIND IS NOT STUCK IN A FIGHT WITH NONSTOP NEGATIVE CHATTER, BUT IS ACTUALLY FOCUSED ONLY ON THE JOB AT HAND. YOU CAN’T FIGHT NEGATIVITY AND FOCUS ON PERFORMANCE AT THE SAME TIME. Often times all that psychological busyness, to get and stay “pumped,” gets in the way of you effortlessly executing the skills you need to do to be successful. As one athlete told me “sometimes you just can’t seem to get your head out of your body’s way.”


Your efforts to control your negative thoughts and emotions can distract you and ultimately hinder your ideal performance. Many athletes enter my training programs with the belief that eliminating or controlling their negative thoughts and feelings is possible and will even be helpful. They also believe that because they have been unsuccessful in stopping their negative thoughts that they are mentally weak. When these clients realise the impossibility of truly eliminating or controlling their negative thinking, they feel free! No need to waste time and energy trying to control an uncontrollable. They become excited about a new meaningful approach to competing that gets them performance

focused in spite of adversity. I hope that’s where you’re at now.

DR. MICHAEL MARTIN IS A SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST WHO HAS WORKED AS HEAD SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST AT NSWIS AND HEAD OF PSYCHOLOGY AT THE AIS. MIKE HAS WORKED WITH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLISTS, WORLD CHAMPIONS, WORLD RECORD HOLDERS AND PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF SPORTS OVER THE LAST 18 YEARS AND IS NOW BACK IN PRIVATE PRACTICE IN CARINGBAH, IN SYDNEY’S SOUTH. (02) 8251 4010

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AS I SIT IN ANOTHER AIRPORT ON MY WAY HOME FROM THE AUSTRALIAN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS IN GEELONG I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO MY ATHLETES ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL.

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IN THE PAST TWO YEARS I HAVE HAD OVER 80 INDIVIDUAL TRIPS TO TRIATHLON RACES CONFERENCES CAMPS AND MEETINGS ALL AROUND THE WORLD AND EACH TIME I TRAVEL I TRY TO KEEP THINGS LIKE A WELL OILED MACHINE.

PACKING

TRAVELLING TO AND FROM RACES CAN BE REALLY EXCITING BUT FORGET THE SMALLEST LITTLE DETAIL, LIKE A REAR WHEEL SKEWER, AND YOUR FUN EXCITING TRIP CAN TURN TO DISASTER BEFORE YOU EVEN STEP FOOT ON THE START LINE. SO WITH THIS IN MIND I THOUGHT I WOULD PUT TOGETHER SOME KEY POINTS FOR THE TRAVELLING TRIATHLETE AND MORE SO LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.

I have been using the 2XU oversized gear bag for a lot of my recent trips and I haven’t had to use anything else.

1) Always pack light; you’re going to a race so clothing should be of a minimum!!! Weigh your luggage before you leave.

2) Have a really good carryon bag;

3) Pack

towels and your wetsuit into your bike bag, and around your bike.

4) Take your helmet on the plane, nothing worse than unpacking having a broken helmet.

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DAT Racing members chill out before their next flight.

5) Put an umbrella in your bike bag! And carry a light weight rain coat as essentials always.

6) Pack extra underwear, socks into

2)

DEPARTURE:

3)

your overhead luggage and a good deodorant roll on of course!!!

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I always try to train before I depart. Keep it light, say a 30-45min easy jog ,

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as the blood flow in your body is still warm and running rather than sitting still, helps with the old oversized ankles when flying!

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Make sure you always check in online before you leave. This can save you up to 15mins especially in peak hour on a weekday. Always follow the savvy Asian business man through the x-ray machines - these guys fly through the ques!!!


6)

4)

Chew chewing gum for the first 30min of your flight helps with the old ear bursting, plus having bad breath on a plane isn’t much fun!

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Be sure you adjust your watch to your next destination not the final one. This helps with your connecting flight!

IF YOU ARE TO TRAVEL FOR AT LEAST 6HRS I BELIEVE YOU ARE GOING TO GET JET LAG, SO MAKE SURE YOU TURN UP TO YOUR FLIGHT WELL RESTED. SOME PEOPLE THINK GETTING ON A PLANE TIRED IS THE WAY TO GO, BUT WHEN YOU END UP SITTING BESIDE A MUM WITH A SMALL BABY (WHO HAS A COLD) ON A 9 HR FLIGHT (WHICH DEPARTED AT 6PM) YOU NEED TO BE RESTED.

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DURING THE FLIGHT: 1)

Wear your calf socks but have pants over the top, it only brings attention your way!

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Always drink heaps of water; dehydration doesn’t help jet lag one little bit!

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Enjoy wine with your meals, it takes the edge off!!!

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Always ask for more food if you’re hungry, every time I have asked politely and with a smile as well expressing that I am an athlete. I have always gotten another meal and sometimes when I didn’t want them!

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Don’t eat dried fruit! As sitting on those little airplane toilets isn’t very comfortable!!! Your neighbour will appreciate it!!!

6)

Have eye drops and lip balm in your carry on.

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If you’re really interested in your destination ask the airline hostesses about where the best places to eat and relax are, they love to talk about themselves as they serve us all day long and most have experience in the best locations for your destination as they have been there before!

8) Talk to people about what they do! I have met the most amazing people on planes and had some life changing experience along the way!

Members of the Aussie Cricket team, sleeping at the airport after back-to-back Tests in the West Indies in very tough climatic conditions, after having a 4am leave from the hotel the next morning. We expect the best professionalism from the players, yet sometimes the planning from “up high” doesn’t match. This is a perfect, but not uncommon, example.

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STOP OVER’S: 1)

When in another airport for extended times waiting for your connecting flight, use your overhead luggage and do some exercises. Walk around for 15-30min at a solid clip do some squats, push ups your an athlete your use to training move your body!!!

2)

Avoid karaoke bars in airports!!! I missed another connecting flight due to my singing skills!!!

3)

Don’t ever leave your bag unattended!

4) Read a local newspaper. 5) Drink plenty of water.

I love to travel it leaves you with life changing moments, some funny some not so, but as long as you prepare yourself and promise yourself to not take life too seriously along the way it really can be memorable. I still get excited to pack my bags and head of into the world of the unknown but making sure all your essentials are packed and ready will allow you to enjoy your experience and let you focus on the job at hand - your key race! Happy travels!!!

ENSURE THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO YOUR DESTINATION IS THAT YOU UNPACK YOUR BIKE AND CHECK IT OUT!!! DON’T LEAVE IT TILL 12HRS BEFORE YOUR RACE. CHASING DOWN A REAR DERAILLEUR TIP CAN BE HARD IN A FOREIGN LAND!!! DAN ATKINS

IS THE DIRECTOR OF D.A.T RACING ON THE GOLD COAST AND HAS SOME 22 YEARS EXPERIENCE AS A COACH AND ATHLETE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR DAN, PLEASE CONTACT HIM VIA EMAIL: DANATKINS08@GMAIL.COM OR CHECK OUT HIS WEBSITE WWW.DANATKINSTRAINING.COM.AU

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AUSSIES 2012 SURF LIFE SAVING TITLES

EVERY YEAR MORE THAN 10,000 SURF LIFESAVING ATHLETES COME TOGETHER FOR THE BIGGEST SPORTING EVENT IN AUSTRALIA! FROM SURF BOAT ROWING, BEACH SPRINTING, BEACH FLAGS, BELT SWIMMING, BOARD RACES, SKI RACES, SKI RACES, SURF SWIM, SOFT SAND ENDURO RUNS AND EVEN THE MARCH PAST, THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. 66

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THE PIN-UP SPORT FOR LIFE SAVERS IS THE IRONMAN (THE ORIGINAL) WHICH INCLUDES THE SURF SWIM, BOARD, SKI AND RUNNING. IT IS A TRUE TEST OF MASTERING THE PHYSICAL ELEMENTS OF THE RUGGED AUSTRALIAN COAST LINE. Surf Life Saving is a professional sport of the highest level, with the Aussie titles being the pinnacle and most revered titles of the sport. Athletes don’t just compete against each other; they also take on the unpredictable elements which makes for fascinating competition. With Australia’s vast coastline and highest number of Surf Life Saving Clubs in the World, we are dominant in the world at this sport. Surf Lifesaving sport is born from the volunteer lifesaving movement that was founded to provide safety and lifesaving at beaches around Australia and needing to keep the lifesavers in good shape and their ocean skills well honed. This event is held at Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast, the unofficial home of the titles and attracts competitors from all around our great land, with Japanese and New Zealand competitors also joining in on the act. It’s televised on channel 9 and is a great spectator sport, showcasing some of Australia’s most complete athletes including

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Amie O’Donoghue (left) takes charge in the Flags event.

in the past Trevor Hendy, Grant Kenny and Carla Gilbert to the present super athletes of the Eckstein brothers. Jock Athletic has a rich history in this sport having coached several previous World, National and State Champions over the past 20 years. This year is no exception and athletes to keep an eye on are the Simpson brothers from Cronulla and Ciaran Williams from the Wanda Club in the 2km soft sand run. Good

luck

to

all

Jock

Athletic

athletes this year! See you up there.


Alison O’Toole (red), 7-time 2km Beach Run Champion, being challenged by one of Australia’s best ironwomen, Hayley Batup in the 2011 2km beach run final

Interested in ADVERTISING IN THE JOCK ATHLETIC EZINE? FOR A COPY OF OUR MEDIA KIT, CONTACT US AT EZINE@JOCKATHLETIC.COM OR 0435 728 200 MARCH 2012

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FASTER, HIGHER, STRONGER ...

Smarter

Fancy yourself as an athletics buff? Then go for gold in our bumper quiz. 1) WHICH AMERICAN BROKE THE WOMEN’S 100M RECORD IN 1988 WITH A TIME OF 10.49 SECONDS? ---------------------------------------------------------------------2) WHICH RECORD DID TIM MONTGOMERY OF THE USA BREAK IN 2002, AND IN WHAT TIME? --------------------------------------------------------------------3) WHAT DOES IAAF STAND FOR? -------------------------------------------------------------------4) AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIAN DARREN CLARK AND BRITAIN’S DWAINE CHAMBERS BOTH PLAYED RUGBY LEAGUE. WHAT DID THE TEAMS THEY REPRESENTED HAVE IN COMMON? -----------------------------------------------------------------5) WHICH FIELD EVENT INVOLVES THROWING A SPHERICAL WEIGHT FROM THE SHOULDER: (A) JAVELIN (B) DISCUS C) SHOT PUT ---------------------------------------------------------------6) HOW LONG IS THE BATON EXCHANGE ZONE IN THE RELAY? --------------------------------------------------------------7) WHO WAS THE AUSTRALIAN ON THE PODIUM AT THE 1968 MEXICO OLYMPICS WHEN AMERICAN ATHLETES TOMMIE SMITH AND JOHN CARLOS MADE THEIR FAMOUS “BLACK POWER” SALUTE? ------------------------------------------------------------8) WHAT IS THE SHORTEST RACE NOT RUN IN LANES? ------------------------------------------------------------9) WHO SET THREE WORLD TRACK RECORDS AND EQUALED A FOURTH IN ONE DAY? ----------------------------------------------------------70

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Claire Mallett

10) NAME THE NUMBER OF HURDLES IN A STANDARD HURDLES RACE? -------------------------------------11) WHICH DISTANCE IS ONE LAP AROUND A STANDARD INDOOR TRACK? -------------------------------------12) WHO DEFEATED ATO BOLDON TO WIN THE MEN’S 200M AT THE SYDNEY OLYMPICS AND WHICH NATION DID HE REPRESENT? -------------------------------------13) WHICH NATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM IS WORLD DISCUS CHAMPION DANI SAMUELS A VIP SUPPORTER OF? -------------------------------------14) NAME THE LEGENDARY AUSTRALIAN BOXER WHO HAILED FROM SPRINT STAR LAURA WHALER’S HOME TOWN OF MAITLAND, NEAR NEWCASTLE?

-------------------------------------15) WHICH RACE DID MIKE MARSH WIN AT THE 1992 BARCELONA OLYMPICS? -------------------------------------16) WHERE DID SYDNEY HIGH JUMPER CLAIRE MALLETT FINISH AT THE 2006 COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN MELBOURNE? -------------------------------------17) WHY DIDN’T BRITON LINFORD CHRISTIE DEFEND HIS OLYMPIC TITLE AT THE 1996 ATLANTA OLYMPICS? -------------------------------------18) ATHLETES FROM SEVEN NATIONS WON THE MEN’S 100M OLYMPIC FINAL BETWEEN 1896 TO 2000. NAME THOSE NATIONS. -------------------------------------19) WHICH NATION BEAT THE AUSTRALIAN 4 X 400M RELAY TEAM, OF WHICH JOHN STEFFENSEN WAS A MEMBER, AT THE 2004 OLYMPICS? -------------------------------------20) HOW MANY TIMES IN ONE DAY DID WONDER MUM HAYLEY BUTLER QUALIFY FOR THE 2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES TEAM AS A 100M HURDLER? Hayley Cameron (nee Butler)

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-------------------------------------21) NAME THE THREE ATHLETES WHO HAVE WON THE 100M EVENT FOR GREAT BRITAIN? -------------------------------------22) WHICH MOVIE IMMORTALISED HAROLD ABRAHAMS’S VICTORY AT THE 1924 PARIS OLYMPIC GAMES? -------------------------------------23) CARL LEWIS WON FOUR GOLD MEDALS AT THE 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES. WHO WAS THE FIRST TO ACHIEVE THIS FEAT AND WHEN? -------------------------------------24) WHO WAS THE FIRST ABORIGINE TO WIN AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL FOR AUSTRALIA? -------------------------------------25) THE IAAF FORCED SOUTH AFRICAN CASTER SEMENYA TO UNDERGO WHICH TEST AFTER SHE SMASHED HER PERSONAL-BEST TIMES IN THE 800M AND 1500M IN LESS THAN NINE MONTHS? -------------------------------------26) WHY WAS THE JAVELIN RE-DESIGNED IN 1984? -------------------------------------27) WHICH EVENT DOES THE “SIX-METRE CLUB” SPECIALISE IN? -------------------------------------28) HOW HEAVY IS THE MEN’S DISCUS? -------------------------------------29) IN WHICH EVENT IS THE “HITCHKICK” AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED METHOD? -------------------------------------30) IN WHICH SPORT DOES ANDREA MILLER REPRESENT NEW ZEALAND? -------------------------------------72

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TO BE IN THE RUNNING TO WIN AN AWESOME WATERPROOF IPOD FROM SWIMMAN AUSTRALIA, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS: A) SEND IN CORRECT ANSWERS TO THIS QUIZ BY EMAIL TO EZINE@JOCKATHLETIC.COM B) LIKE US ON FACEBOOK C) FOLLOW US ON TWITTER. ALL CORRECT ENTRIES WILL GO IN THE DRAW. WINNER WILL BE DRAWN ON 30 MARCH!

GOOD ! ! K C U L


RESULTS FROM D N A S W E N U E WILL BRING YO EACH MONTH W ND ABROAD. A E R E H , S TE LE ATH JOCK ATHLETIC NG) KE (CRICKET) MICHAEL CLAR ding Medal for Outstan Took out the AB ed. ards well deserv aw n A . ar Ye e th Cricketer of G (CRICKET) RICKY PONTIN ket but will play test cric he at th ed rm nfi Has co ternational at his one-day in has conceded th career is over. RY (SURFING) CONNOR O’LEA onnor talented surfer C Cronulla’s young nd semiugh to the weeke ro th it e ad m ry O’Lea fing at Manly tralian Open Sur finals of the Aus ng an raped in by winni Beach. Connor sc nst Connor quarterfinal agai extremely close it make it SA) which would U , ia rn ifo al (C Coffin semi-final. his first national

MORE (CYCLI ROCHELLE GIL g the Jock Athletic durin After training with ery, after her ITB surg summer to rehab ing on track and train Rochelle is back lth The Commonwea the house down. turned allist has now re Games gold med art of in Italy for the st to her home base w and ason. Between no the European se ne, am is picked in Ju te c pi m ly O e th when 20 times. Gilmore will race

SAVING) MS (SURF LIFE CIARAN WILLIA ach run Women’s 2km be n pe O e th t ou Took val in Feb. ney Branch Carni event at the Syd th to take ingscliffe this mon K to up s ad he She ! . Good Luck Sos on the State Title

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) MS (BASEBALL GLENN WILLIA er, sful baseball care Has had a succes Olympics tralia twice in the representing Aus in the league baseball and played major f the ribution on and of US. Now his cont ite as join Australia’s el m hi en se s ha ground Australia’s ee into Baseball the latest induct Hall of Fame.

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) d (FOOTBALL re tu ic p N A ed to play for it n U MARK MILLIG F E J t tfi u ile Japanese O is season. Wh th e u g a e Is on loan from -L A i a nd tory in the Hyu ake a return to m to d te a v ti Melbourne Vic o lso m pan, Mark is a a J g in y jo n e ’s ood luck Mark! he G . d a u q s s o ro ’s Socce Holger Osieck

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Jock Athletic Ezine  

The Jock Athletic Ezine is an online magazine dedicated to sharing the training "game plan" of elite athletes and coaches in a practicle, us...

Jock Athletic Ezine  

The Jock Athletic Ezine is an online magazine dedicated to sharing the training "game plan" of elite athletes and coaches in a practicle, us...