It is official; I’ve been selected to represent South Africa at the London Olympic Games!
As a young girl, I always marveled at the thought of the Olympic Games. It has always been something special to me, an event that has captured my imagination. I would watch the different athletes taking part in their respective sporting disciplines with admiration and respect. I have always dreamed of going the Olympics, but now it has become a reality!
Thinking back, I try to pinpoint what it is about the Olympics that makes it so special?
When I think of the Olympic Games, I think of hard work, commitment, passion; people of all ages, genders and races coming together to share in their victories and defeats.
When I have watched the Olympics in the past, I haven’t necessarily watched a specific sport or supported a specific athlete. I have watched a great variety of sports with one goal, a goal to support my fellow countrymen and women who are competing to the best of their natural abilities.
That’s when it struck me, the Olympics is more than a sporting event, it is a movement.
A movement aimed to unite people through sport.
A movement centered on the spirit of the games, the Olympic Spirit.
The Olympic Spirit is best expressed in the Olympic Creed:
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
It is a privilege and an honour to be selected to represent my country at an event of this nature. Road cycling is a team sport and I’m happy to be joined by two very talented and committed teammates, Robyn de Groot and Joanna Van De Winkel. Together, anything is possible and I look forward to the challenge come July 29.
My road to London has not been an easy one. There is so much that happens behind the scenes and I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without the hard work, love, support and encouragement of a hand full of very special people.
With just under 50 days to go, I will be documenting my journey to the London Olympic Games in a series of blog posts.