Well, in the words of UFC announcer Bruce Buffer IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIt’s Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!
All of my training since I was 5 years old, especially the work I’ve done in the past few years, to make Judo my everything culminates next week.
I’ll be competing at the 2012 OJU Continental Championships, which is the final Olympic Qualifying event. A top 5 result should be enough to ensure qualification, but I will accept nothing less than gold. I regularly preach that performance is more important than result; but in this case I will fight tooth and nail to ensure I round out this process on top of that podium.
It has been an absolute blast training myself into the ground every day and then competing at the highest level over and over. Being in a (relatively) safe qualifying spot leading in to the final OJU Championship was a part of my perfect scenario. This was, two years ago when I was theorising how the whole qualifying process would play out. It was even harder than I imagined and I must admit I doubted it more than once, but here we are.
My training has gone almost perfectly. I am feeling stronger and sharper than ever and, to be honest, I am excited to see what I am capable of doing on the mat come April 29.
It has been heaps of fun documenting all of my ups and downs through this blog. I have received a lot of support and hopefully some of my experiences resonate through the sporting world and we see Judo step up in public perception. I would love to see hundreds of thousands of Aussie kids getting in a gi and taking up this sport.
Fingers crossed I will have a good news update after the OJU Championships for you all.
I appreciate all of the support I’ve received so far and hope it continues going forward.