Friday, February 17, 2012


10th to 17th February

'Each day if you wake and look for something around you that you are grateful for, you will see things more clearly and it is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a brilliant rainbow'

I have always remained positive and determined in my life, I have set myself goals, some of which some people thought I may not be able to achieve.  In the past couple of weeks I have been so proud of what I have achieved in my desire to compete in sport.  In the ACT Junior Championships on Friday I threw in javelin and discus, I was extremely tired from a hectic week back at school but focused on my goal. Unfortunately I did not achieve a personal best in either event, I did go close but I did win a gold medal in javelin and a bronze in discus.  It was not the medals that were of the most importance but the fact that I had got out there despite my limitations and competed, always with a smile on my face.

I am still hoping that one day I will be able to compete in a running event again, that is a dream that I hope that I can fulfill, I would not have to run the fastest but to just have my legs move and feel the wind in my face, how fantastic, I will keep working towards that goal.

It feels like we never had a school holiday, school is extremely busy and challenging but at the same time filled with excitement and new experiences.  In Maths we are continuing discovering new facts about indices.  English we are working more on our theme of Choice and Sacrifice, we even have grammar workbooks now, they are new this year and part of the New Australian Curriculum.  I think my favourite subject at the moment is Sports Science we are learning about physical exercise for health and fitness and health and skill components of fitness.  We learnt to take our pulses, something I already know how to do, you can take it for fifteen seconds and times it by four, thirty seconds and double it or do it for the whole minute.  We talked about our  heart rate there is a special way that you work it all our.  The formula is 220 minus your age, this gives you your maximum heart rate, beats per minute.  There are also formula's for working out target and moderate heart rates these help you when you are doing training or exercising.  I have homework for all my subjects this weekend, so apart from enjoying the fresh air at running training I won't get the opportunity to do much else.

Next week I have physiotherapy, I am looking forward to seeing if my foot has healed fully yet and also to have some treatment on my back which has been rather painful throughout the week.  There is also another chance for me to throw at Interclub, there are not many left as the end of the Summer Sports season is upon us. 

Wishing you all another splendiferous week and thanking you for all your lovely comments and words of continued encouragement.


Anonymous said...

Wow! A gold and a bronze in one day. You should be very proud of yourself. We are very proud of you and how you keep trying to improve and setting more and more goals to reach.

Not too long now until the footy season. 1 March is the first game so we will have to send you a copy of the draw that we got out of the paper today.

You certainly are going to be very busy with so much homework. School though very busy sounds really exciting.

Maintain your positive attitude and keep reaching for your rainbow.

All our love
Nan and Pop xxx ooo

Anonymous said...

Hi Dear Dear Dainere,YES , you have always remained positive , and that is the way to go about life Dainere , your achievements in life are fantastic , and meryl and I are also so proud of what you have achieved ,because we have an idea of what life has put before you.

Yes your gold medaal and Bronze is fantastic ,nan and pop are correct . Its always the taking part that is important , the medals are a bonus , BUT you do deserve them too .

Always keep that dream alive and believe me Dainere it will come true , I always dreamt of going to Machu Picchu , right from the age of 17 , now 40 years down the track i have been 3 times , Your dreams may take a while to come true , BUT if you keep them close to you , im sure they will .

Just remember , you have all these amazing things to learn , and yes its hard work and you get lots of homework , BUT it will all be worth it .

Good luck with Physio next week .

BY the way , I had great results from my dietician , last week .

lots of love and hugs and kisses .

stuart and meryl xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Dainere,

What an extremely busy person you are! So glad you could compete at the Championships on Friday, especially after such a busy week -and then to win a medal in both javelin and discus. Well done! You will really miss the season when it ends.

School certainly seems interesting, but with a lot of homework :-( Hope you managed to have a bit of a break at the weekend, that it wasn't all work!!

Hope you find that your foot is completely healed when you go for physio this week. And that your back is helped, too.

Thank you, Dainere, for continuing to inspire us by your wonderful, positive attitude.



Anonymous said...

My gorgeous Dainere, you are a true inspiration to us all! Miss you so much. Lots of love and hugs, Rhiannon xxxx

Carol Duncan said...

Hello beautiful girl!

As your Nan and Pop have said, well done you!

My wee James won a ribbon at his swimming carnival last week, too, so we are very proud of him.

You know I am always thinking rainbows for you, don't you.