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10 YEARS ON

I recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of my historic gold medal win at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

 

Passing this milestone has made me think of the value of 10 years.

 

Prior to my olympic gold medal win I spent just over 10 years dedicated to training for Olympic competition.  In this time I competed in 4 different Olympic games, was part of the short track relay team that won the first ever Winter Olympic medal for Australia – a bronze in 1994 – had 2 major accidents, worked hard to rehabilitate myself for competition despite the odds, and then competed in the 2002 Olympic games and came away with Australia’s first ever Winter olympic gold medal. 

 

It seemed that this 10 years or so was a lifetime in itself.

 

Conversely, the last 10 years have seem to speed by.  All my hard work and dedication in my Olympic career gave me rise to a new direction.  I am now a successful motivational speaker, MC & Event host, and have spoken at over 500 events both in Australia and internationally.  I have also been blessed with a wonderful wife and 3 beautiful children.

 

Slowly or quickly, the years will pass regardless of what you are doing.  One thing I know is that the more you put in, the more you get out, and that the prize at the end, whatever that may be – a gold medal, a successful career or a happy family –  it makes all the effort worthwhile.

 

Have a look at the Channel 7 coverage of my 10 year anniversary celebration.