Well I guess many of you out there are having post-Olympic withdrawals! It is such an amazing time for both athletes and spectators where they go head to head to live their dream of being the champion of champions! I say champion of champions, because just to make the Olympics is an amazing feat requiring enormous amounts of dedication, determination, drive, sacrifice and support. Not to mention a whole lot of hard work and pain to build the body to where it needs to be. Each person’s journey would be an amazing inspiring one. And that's one of the things I love about the Olympics. I love seeing people pursue their dreams.
Here in Australia we have such high expectations of our athletes and at times there was a lot of talk that we weren't achieving as many medals as hoped. Wow, how can you predict these things? When it's one humans spirit and preparation is faced against another, or another team.
There are so many factors that go into being successful and as my beach partner Claire and I found out. Without sufficient funds and coaching / support staff it's difficult to compete. I remember Claire and I walking with our suitcases jigging along the cobbled streets of a town in Holland, after a long commute arriving at the event location for pre-event training, while the high athletes were supplied shuttles. But we made it half way around the globe to, as we say in Australia 'have a crack!', give it a go! Put ourselves head to head against the best in the world.
Many of our amazing coaches have been poached to other countries. May athletes live week to week and put enormous energy into getting the funds necessary to just to get to events, let alone pay coaches. Those at the Olympics have achieved many amazing personal feats just to make it there. I know many just in my fellow beach volleyballers, when the chips were down; they somehow found a way to get there. I take my hat off to everyone and their journeys!
As an Osteopath, I work with students at Victoria University to help them to live their dream of becoming Osteopaths. I love to see and help people living their dreams. Living a life that excites, and often challenges them. For me, my dream of the last 12 months is to share my knowledge about the body to help empower people to feel better in themselves and have a great physical foundation to live their dreams. I share my journey, my experiences, my learning’s together with some of my patients learning’s to give you all the best information in an easy to understand style. Exciting hey!
Learn about why you get pain, how to best manage it, how to start and continue exercising long after that first bout and how to ensure you minimise back pain!! Just to name a few...
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As I final note, I have had many friends comment about how they have absolutely loved the Para-olympics and the spirit of the athletes competing. For me, these athletes have often faced such huge hurdles already in their personal lives and faced their fears and believed in themselves to put themselves out there and compete, it is truly incredible and inspiring. Often people can thing when a non ideal event happens in their life that things are over, but these people truly show the potential power of the human spirit to get back up and back yourself to be the best you can be. Well done! There a quote that goes something like, champions get up one more time that they fall down. What would it take to be a champion in your life?
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.