GLOSS Issue 19 DEC 2014-JAN 2015 - Page 42

I love sport. I love playing it and I generally love watching it. I publicly confess to brushing aside a sneaky tear during big moments such as Cathy Freeman’s 400 metre win, Sally Pearson’s hurdle victories and the Australian netballers triumphant celebrations over our nearby kiwi rivals. There is just something about an elite athlete training hard, overcoming injury and then mentally pushing through any obstacles to win. It’s also perhaps why I love football movies of any kind. And yes, a sneaky tear embarrassingly escapes during these occasionally too. Sad but true. gate because she’s too worn out? Now I’m sure they were all incredibly tired and they would have loved the opportunity to stop but it was more important to finish well and to give their all. Yet stopping and having a lie down before we arrive at the finishing line is precisely what many of us are doing with our finances during this time of year. What I do know through my many years of playing sport, from listening to athletes or reading about them is that training, eating well, a great mindset and the right coach play such a big part but at the end of the day it’s what happens on the field or the track that will lose or win a race or a game. And often that comes down to what happens at the very end. Whether it’s the last few kilometres in a marathon, the last quarter of a game or the split second over a finish line it is so important to finish well. Otherwise you could have trained hard all year, eaten well, had a great mindset going into the game and performed beautifully but in those final minutes if you don’t end well then really it’s all for nothing. I mean, can you imagine Sally Pearson arriving at the last hurdle and deciding it was simply too high and too hard? Or Cathy Freeman running the last hundred metres and deciding it hurt too much? Or Jessica Fox lying down in her kayak at the final Finishing the year well Melissa Browne Finishing the year well Melissa Browne