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Highlights of 2009
Dec 31, 2009 --

With the end of another 12 months now upon us, it’s always a good time to on the year. It has been a hectic and eventful for me with plenty of great experiences and lots of travelling.

So here’s my top five highlights of 2009 ...
 
On the big stage with Sydney Swans
After joining the Sydney Swans as a Massage Therapist and Trainer in 2008, I was extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to work with the senior team on match day throughout the 2009 season. To be part of the pre-game routine with some of the world’s best athletes was something that many people would give their right arm to experience. Players such as Adam Goodes and Brett Kirk play with an intensity that needs to be seen to be believed. It was a disappointing year in terms of results, with the team missing the finals for the first time since 2002, but there were some memorable moments; none better that the 18.15 (123) to 10.8 (68) triumph over Richmond when Michael O’Loughlin become the first player in South Melbourne/Sydney history to reach 300 games.
 
Parramatta Eels finals surge
I’ve been involved with the Parramatta Eels ever since I turned my interest in health and fitness into my career. Firstly, during my studies to become a massage therapist, then getting the chance to work for the team. So it was thrilling to witness the clubs late season surge towards the finals. The team was next to last at the halfway point of the NRL season, but had a remarkable turnaround in form to sweep all before them on their way to the Grand Final. They would fall at the final hurdle, going down to the Melbourne Storm, but won plenty of admirers in the process.
 
New South Wales Netball Champions
In April I travelled to Canberra with the New South Wales under 21’s Netball for the National Championships as Massage Therapist and Trainer. The tournament had the girls playing eight games in the space of just six days. To be in camp 24/7 with players, coaches and fellow support staff was a new experience. The high workload for the girls meant a high workload for all concerned. I’m proud to say we kept all the girls fit for the duration of tournament. The team delivered, by winning the tournament and going undefeated in the process.
 
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs improvement
Whilst I no longer work with this team, I was happy to see them rebound from a miserable 2008 season, when they finished last in the NRL. The club recruited well in the off-season, and with a new coach, finishing the regular season second, before being knocked of the premiership race by the Parramatta juggernaut. I was most pleased for players such as Captain, Andrew Ryan, Luke Patten and Hazem El-Masri who endured the pain of 2008. As special note goes to Hazem El-Masri who retired at the completion of the 2009 season. I got to know Hazem well over the three years I worked as a Massage Therapist with Canterbury-Bankstown. He retired with a range of statistical achievements, but his legacy is the manner in which he has represented himself, his family and the club. Congratulations Hazem, you are a champion in every sense of the word.
 
Success is all around
One of my great pleasures is to share in the range achievements of my clients, and this year was no different. There are too many personal bests to mention, including efforts in the Six Foot Track, Sydney Running Festival and Oxfam Trailwalk. However, I would like to make special acknowledgement of Dressage rider Kate Taylor-Wheat for her achievements on World Star and Oscar B. And Netballers Ashleigh Brazill, Kimberly Borger and Courtney Tairi who, after taking out the under 21’s National Championships, joined the New South Wales Swifts in the Trans-Tasman Netball League.