Time waits for no man or woman. Time to the olympics is ticking and the pressure if mounting. With this in mind I moved from Victoria to sunnie Queensland to take a job that would pay better to save the money for the Brasil event and remaining world tour events. We were planning to spend some time in Brasil and get some coaching and hopefully find a coach to go on the world tour as Brasil is apparently teeming with coaching talent.
I packed up my things and drove 20 hours to Queensland, started work and travelled to the events around Australia. Team Ck were a team again and we started to really play well again in our first big event back on the Australian tour. We knocked out the juniour team from the Australian Institute of Sport, I call them the tall timber, cos they were both about 6'3 tall. Claire blocked awesomely and I defended well. We looked sharp. We came up against the 3rd seeds and Olympic Qualifier Bowden and her partner Clancy. We fought hard and gave them a good run for their money. We finished the tournament 7th and lost to some of the top seeds.
I was excited to be wearing the new gear from Ausralia's newest Women's Sport news website www.SuperSportsWomen.com.au on my gear and the up and coming company of www.mystro.co Australia's new health and wellbeing directly, soon to be released.
The next St Kilda event brought the traditional windy cold Melbourne weather and brought the shorter players more into the game. We ended up finishing 9th and the long hours of work to save to go overseas and travel interstate meant it was difficult to schedule trainings during this time together with energy requirements.
During this time it has become apparent that unless a miracle happens we will not have the finances to travel to Brasil to complete in the legs of the world tour necessary for Olympic qualification. The tours sap you of extra money with flights, entry fees, accomodation costs, food and time away from work. You need to be training a lot to compete and get results. It's a tough road when your not financially supported. If you young or don't have financial commitments then this makes things easier. Living out of a suitcase is also easier. The uncertainty of the future is also easier to tackle and largely exciting.
Due mainly to financial constraints Brasil (mid April) is not currently an option and is necessary to the next step or our journey. As such Claire and I will not be playing together the rest of the season. I will subsequently focus on a health and wellness newsletter (check out www.ck1.be) and book that I will launch in the next few months, keep training and see what the future holds post Olympics.
We had an amazing journey! Wow, from my operation to remove a gigantic cyst to playing on the world beach volleyball tour within a year, it was quite a ride. We were attempting to compete against teams that had been playing at that level for years and often playing together for a long time. These teams often had numerous coaches and the finances to ensure they could get to and from events with little stress. I often tell people how teams were chauffeured to events and we were dragging our bags along cobbled streets and up into little lofts of hostels.
Entry to the olympics is not only based on your World Tour ranking but also can be affected by your professional bodies. This is something the other Australia teams will be faced with. With our withdrawal we still have 2 teams highly ranked teams vying for two potential places in olympics. It's going to be a tough road and may come down to the wire. I wish them well.
With the Olympics approaching there is going to be huge media attention on many sports. Some will make it, many others will miss out. The Olympics is like a rock that people throw themselves against. For some they only get stronger, for others they fall away and for others there is a breaking open in understanding of what is truely possible for them as human beings and athletes in sport and life. They learn to face their fears and overcome them.
The chief editor of www.SuperSportsWomen.com.au told me a statisic recently that 0.01 % of athletes make it to an olympics. It is no small thing and I guess that is why it is looked on so highly and you need a lot of support to get to that place. My journey has made me realise how it can be possible but you need to start early, have financial backing and a clear path to single mindedly focus on that goal. But like all things in life, there can only be one winner and it is not only just about the goal but also about the spirit of competing about ultimately the journey!
Til next time,
Thanks for listening, enjoy your journey!
Carla (aka CK1) x
SPECIAL mention to Jamie Edwards from www.trained-brain.com for his amazing dedication and skills in supporting our team and inspiring us to be the best we can be in sport and 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.