Well it's been a busy time, despite taking a break from playing beach volleyball for me. I have taken some time off to give my body a break and to get my book finished, ideally before the Olympics! As I've been informed and as I have experienced first hand these things take time and things can happen as snails pace, as life gets in the way!
It's been nearly 9 months in the making since I was on the world tour last year and while in Canada had the idea to put all the things I've learn together to help people be more empowered with their own bodies with regard to minimising pain and also getting healthier! I realised I have so much great knowledge to draw on with my Osteopathic studies, being a treating therapist, lecturer and now clinical tutorer at Victoria University, not to mention the gruelling beach volleyball training and competition, my battle with Ovarian cysts and my NLP training.
Needless to say I can't wait for it to be published! There will be an online version first as apparently it can take a whole year to print a book, seems crazy, but true! There will soon be a link on the front of this website www.CarlaKleverlaan.com to put your email into if you interested in the launch dates... stay tuned!
As some of you may or may not know, although Claire and I battled hard last year to try to qualify for this Olympics, without the financial resources to have a full time coach and still working it was to hard to compete against the best in the world. We were ranked 92 in the world at one point and needed quick cash to get to Brasil, China, Russia and Italy and managing heavy work and training was too much. As it was, Australia can only have a maximum of two teams play in the Olympics. Our number one team of Bec Palmer and Lousie Bowden were just in the top 16 and the newly re-formed partnership of 'Nat' Cook and Tamsin Hinchley were on the fringes.
Cook and Hinchley pulled in Sydney Gold Medal coach Steve Anderson to prepare them and Victoria coach Chico Jones to spur them into the Games qualification. Natalie would be competing in her 5th Olympics, an amazing feat for anyone. At present there is a lot of hype about them competing in the games but as the official World Tour qualification points accural tournaments have finished, they were today currently not in the top 16 teams. At present they have not qualified. But... there is always a but, there is one remaining opportunity for them. The is a tournament in Asia starting this Wednesday and if they win, they are in!
It is all going to come down to the wire! It is a culmination of months of training and competing to come down to one tournament where the winner takes all. The winner gets to go to the Olympics, arguably the most prestigous event in sport. Australian understudy Lauren McLeod to Gold Medial coach Steve Anderson will be coaching team Vanuatu who made history recently when they qualified for their first ever world tour main draw position. Both teams have had some tight battles and on the day it depends who brings their A game!
What are Australia's chances?
In sport anything can happen and when there is so much at stake I guess it depends who handles the pressure the best. Australia is very experienced in this department and Natalie is like a dog with a bone in these situations and with a 6'3 blocker in Hinchley, along with their recent results I think they are peaking at the right time. It will be a fairy tale finish, but in sport it aint over til it's over so I wish them and team Vanatu (our training buddies last year) all the best!
Big shout out's to Bec and Lou for qualifying for the Olympics, an awesome result. It would be great to have another green and gold team in the games to watch and with Miss Cook, you just never can count her out!
Keep an eye out for my new book so during and after the Olympics when you get all inspired to get fit you can do so with some great tips!
Stay tuned peoples and let the games begin!
Carla x (aka Ck1)
Carla Kleverlaan is an author, Osteopath, lecturer, coach and previous elite beach volleyball athlete. She shares many health and wellness secrets in her book and writes a daily post to keep you thinking the right thoughts. We become what we think about.