A nice hot sunny day to complete camp #2 for the summer, and with it a competition simulation just to put a bit of pressure on us to see how we perform. I’ve been jumping pretty well lately, making some good improvements on skills that I’ve struggled with for many years and now I’m spending more time on the double working my twisting double flips. I worked my way up to triple twisting double flips to finish the camp and next camp will start progressing onto the triple kicker for the ‘big boy’ skills.
I received an invitation the other day from the Swiss team, inviting me to attend a water ramp competition over at their water ramps. I feel very privileged to be asked to go, and the fact that they are going to pay for me to fly over there and stay for a week just to compete, really puts the icing on the cake. It should be a great competition with a number of nations flying in. It means I need to get a move on with my skills if I’m to give them a run for their money. The last big water ramp comp I attended I ended up competing a quintuple twisting, triple flip. I suspect, with the amazing jumpers who will be attending from Canada, Belarus and of the course the Swiss, that there will be some impressive skills put down.
I got some great news yesterday from home, that I have been accepted to receive an Elite Athlete Travel Grant from the Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation. Which will be very helpful in my multiple round the world flights that I will venture on during the upcoming winter season. I’m very grateful for this and look forward as always to representing Victoria and Australia during the World Cup season, which this year leads into the World Championships in Norway.
For now though a break from camp for a few days, but some sweet things to look forward to in the next month.