Its taken me a little while to sit back, reflect and bring words to life regarding my experience during the historical events surrounding the Australian Baseball Team in Sydney, March 2014. Without doubt, an absolute highlight of my professional career was my involvement as part of the Australian team playing warm up games against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks prior to the 2014 MLB Season Launch in Sydney this March. The feelings and emotions evoked as we competed (close 4-2 loss to The Dodgers and the amazing 5-0 win against the Diamondbacks) at the Sydney Cricket Ground in our own country, in front of our home fans, our change rooms the historical Australian Cricket Team dressing room, was simply, at times, overwhelming. The closest I can come to compare is our run at The Athens 2004 Olympics (another event I was privileged to be part of), winning the silver medal. Standing on the SCG, reflecting on the enormity of an Australian Team competing with, and defeating some of the most resource rich teams in our sport, I couldn’t help think how far my journey in the sport as a physiotherapist has taken me. Commencing in 1991 with the Gold Coast Dolphins (Part of the “old” ABL), I have been very privileged, through work with national league teams, representative, MLBAAP Australian Academy and Australian National teams to work with not only the “best of the best”, but also many amazing people who have made my journey richer for their contribution. An amazing compilation video of Australian’s who have achieved success at the Major League Level never fails to bring a tightness to my chest, and the proud feeling that I have been involved with almost all (in some capacity) except 2 of the athletes. Watch it- I dare you not to be just a little bit proud of what Australians have achieved in baseball!
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