In the eye of the storm
29 Jul 2016
We have done it. It’s funny how your perspective can change once you have achieved your dream. We are in the middle of the storm. We are still trying to absorb the fact that we will actually be competing, but at the same time, we are ready to face up to the storm. When we got back from Dublin we were immediately aware of the media frenzy that was caused by our qualification. There were a few mixed emotions. Relaxed. We had achieved what we set out to do. The storm was moving at a breakneck speed all around us. Interviews, social events, press conferences. We had awoken an interest in the media that is difficult to set aside, but while this storm goes on all around us, there is still a sense of calm.
We had very few days to talk to a lot of people about how we felt and what we thought of the performance. Sometimes, it is difficult not to let yourself get overwhelmed by it all, but I think this is really important. If I want rugby to grow, I have to share it. I want to leave a legacy behind, we are making our own history, and for that history to continue to grow, you have to tell the whole world about it.
Calm. I have played how I wanted to play, I gave everything I had to be able to contribute to the team at the crucial time. We had qualified and I felt a sense of calm knowing that I had given the best I could possibly give. I had peace of heart and soul that I am still feeling now, a month after the tournament.
The return of the training sessions. There are a few places where we alternate our different training sessions. Circuit training on the pitch in Jaca, dune runs on the beach in Getxo. We rowed in a regatta that showed the importance of teamwork, if one person didn't row, the boat wouldn't move. Team Building with help from the team at the military base. Training crossed borders of the countryside and with that, brought new perspectives. This exchange of different energies forms part of the process and so I care about the way I treat anyone who crosses my path. All of the clubs we spent time with made us feel welcome. We appreciate the support, the strength and the love that is shown to us from everyone for the Olympics. All of it adds to our own physical, mental and emotional preparation on our road to Rio.
It is getting even closer. They say that after the storm passes, the calm returns, but I’m looking ahead, and I can see what is yet to come.
Again I ask myself, what next?