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Feature: Finding balance after the pain

Through the pain of depression, a top cyclist finds balance. This article first appeared as “Mental as Anything” on Lizzie William’s blog. Lizzie is an Australian international cyclist who has had her share of ups and downs – on and off the bike.  With permission, we have published it here for the benefit of the athlete community. … Continue reading Feature: Finding balance after the pain

Feature: Changing Lanes and using “Failure”

Changing Lanes. Using “Failure” Anthony Burke – Former international track and field athlete For the most part, I actually did alright in sport.  I won titles, made friends, travelled the world and enjoyed many wonderful experiences.  But a driven mind is often more programmed for a relentless quest to do better, rather than resting on … Continue reading Feature: Changing Lanes and using “Failure”

Feature: The End of Women’s Sport?

Genetically Modified: The End of Women’s Sport? The Women’s Olympic 800m finalists are all victims of a historically clumsy system determining sex. Castor Semenya is not the first athlete to be put through humiliating “look and see” gender testing. In the 1970’s, barely 16 years old and competing in my first international race, I was visually … Continue reading Feature: The End of Women’s Sport?

Feature: Athletes Carry the Nervous Energy of the Nation

Our Athletes Carry the Nervous Energy of the Nation. Our need to be reassured as spectators makes it increasingly hard for our favourite athletes to perform. Swimmers train for years in the calm meditative tranquillity of water. Then they get to the Olympics and everything changes. Our want for validation as a country may interfere … Continue reading Feature: Athletes Carry the Nervous Energy of the Nation