Saturday, May 12, 2012


5th to 11th May 2012

'Never give up, believe in yourself,  that belief will see you achieve the most extraordinary things in life'

On a glorious Saturday, I went to watch both Nalani and Jarrett run in a 5km Cross Country Point Score event.  The sky was a brilliant blue and only light wispy clouds floated gently in the breeze, the freshly mown grass at Stromlo filled my nostrils.  There are times that I wish I was there with Nalani and Jarrett running, feeling the wind blow my hair and my arms and legs pumping but as I can not do that watching them run and cheering them on is almost like I am doing it also.

The race was two laps of the 2.5km course, when the started said "go" all the runners took off, Jarrett was towards the front runners and Nalani placed well in the centre of the field.  As the race went on Jarrett was in the top three runners and looking strong and Nalani continued to run well as it was her first Cross Country Race back since her knee surgery.  In the last 800m it was Jarrett in second place but gaining ground on the first runner and in a sensational finish, he almost won.  He was really pleased with his race and he came first in his age group, you see there are various age groups right up to include adults in the race.  Nalani ran valiantly and was 30th overall , the 12th girl and was first in her age group. 

Then on Sunday it was my turn to compete, at a High Noon Competition, I was throwing discus and shot put.  As I stood very unsteadily to throw the discus my hand began to shake, my first throw was definitely not my best, as I threw more I felt I improved but I still had to contend with a shaking hand and legs but I pushed on.  I ended up throwing 5.56m which was not a personal best but one of my better throws ever.  Then it was time for shot put, I throw a 2kg shot put, it may not sound that heavy but when you have a weak, shaking hand it feels like you are throwing a much heavier weight.  As I pushed the shot put in my throw I felt so estactic to just be out there doing it and having my family all cheering me on.  I threw 2.22m which is also not a personal best but one that I was happy with.  After throwing I was extremely tired and a little sore but I had a huge smile on my face, I thought of the Adidas saying of 'Nothing is impossible' and I believe that.

Then it was back to school for what was an incredibly hectic week: in English we are working on Essays and what is essential to get an 'A'; in Maths we have continued to work on Surface Area, Volume and Capacity, we have a test next week and will then move on to a new topic and in Sports Science we looked at both the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems, it is so interesting.

I had physiotherapy and Kaitlyn worked on my knee which was irritated by my throwing on the weekend and then she did a gentle release on my spine which was sore , she also release the small muscles in my neck which often becomes quite stiff and lacks movement and then she put heat packs on my back which feel so wonderful and relieving.

In my life I feel so very fortunate to have so many people who care about me, I often receive lovely emails, cards and visits from these special people and just knowing how much they care really amazes me and brightens my days. 

In footy tipping last week Nana got all the games correct, so she has now taken the lead with me one point behind her and then Pop one point behind me.  It is very close and unlike previous years no one has taken a huge lead yet. 

There are no races or competition this weekend only training, then of course on Sunday it is Mothers Day.  So I would like to wish all Mothers a very Happy Mothers Day, I found this lovely verse in a card and wanted to share it with you.

God made a wonderful mother
A mother who is so full of love
He made her smile of sunshine,
And her heart of pure gold,
In her cheeks he placed fair roses,
In her eyes, stars that shine
God made a wonderful mother,
And that wonderful mother is mine


Anonymous said...

Dear Dainere

You certainly have been a busy bee lately.

You have done extremely well with your throwing, given all your problems. We are so proud of you.

The verse at the end of your blog is beautiful and we know it is very true of your Mum. We know she is one very special lady.

All our love
Nan and Pop xxxx oooo

Anonymous said...

HI Dear Dear Dainere, oh YES that is so true Dainere , in every aspect of life , NEVER ever give up ok, and if you dont believe in your self , how can you expect others to believe in you . Thankfully , Meryl and i know that you do NOT have that problem , you have always believed that .

Many Congratulations to Jarret and Nalani and YOU for your excellence in sport .

Keep up the good work in the footy tipping Dainere ok .

Ah yes Mothers day , Meryl and I hope that your mum has a most Spendiferous day , we know you will make her feel extra special.

Take care and keep warm in these cold autumn nights , lots of love , kisses and hugs

Stuart and Meryl

Anonymous said...

Hello dear Dainere,

Nothing seems impossible for you - what a brilliant effort with the discus and shot-put! Well done Dainere! The athletic gene is very well-represented in your family.

Thank goodness for Kaitlyn and her ability to help you cope with your pain. Those heat packs sound wonderfully helpful - and very cosy in the cold weather that we are experiencing.

I hope that your very special Mum had a wonderful Mothers Day - I know that you would all have done your best to spoil her!

Stay warm; sending you lots of love and big hugs,

Anna xoxoxoxoxoxox