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WHERE TO FROM HERE FOR OUR ATHLETES
25 September 2012
So now London 2012 is now officially over, the big question is: What are our elite athletes up to now?
Have a read of their highs and lows from London and what they going to be doing for the next couple of months.
 
 
 
JESSE PHILLIPS
 

Jesse was one of two in the Australian K2 200m Kayak boat in London. Phillips and his partner Steve Bird made it through to the finals and finished 6th with a time of 35.315.

Highlight(s) From London

"My highlights in London were competing with my best mate Steve Bird in front or 30,000 screaming spectators in the 200 meter noise cauldron, making the final and having my family there to watch it all live. We had a phenomenal support team around us, specifically Ramon Anderson, Mike Pond and Brett Slocombe. It was also great to achieve our best ever result with them there."

What’s Next?

"I have jumped back into real life by going back to school, studying towards a Personal Trainer qualification which will act as flexible income over the next, like, 50 years! It’s been great catching up with friends and family since I’ve been back and it’s been a pleasure not having to wake up before 7am, bliss. I will continue to enjoy life without much of a schedule over the next few months and give myself the recovery I need. After that I’m looking forward to moving ahead with plans for the podium in 2016.” 
 
 
 
LAUREN MITCHELL
 

Lauren Mitchell was a member of the Artistic gymnastics team, which ended up finishing 10th in the qualifications in London. Mitchell also qualified for the floor finals and ended up coming 5th with a score that was less than a tenth away from a Bronze medal.

Highlight(s) From London

"One of my highlights was floor finals where every single seat was full. There were also no Great Britain girls in floor finals, and I was the only one from the commonwealth countries so I could feel the crowd really get behind me and support me in the finals. Another highlight was going to see Emily and Ash compete in the all-around finals for Australia. We didn’t have the best competition on qualifications so it was cool to watch them show everyone what Australia is really capable of".

What’s Next?

"At the moment I’m going to keep my fitness level up and see if I feel like going to any world cup events that will be coming up later in the year. I need a little bit of a mental break and we will see what happens. I’m going to go to Hawaii at the end of the year which I’m really excited about because it’s with the family. We haven’t had a family holiday in a long time.”

 
Tommaso D'Orsogna
 

D’Orsogna was a member of the 4x 100m freestyle and medley relay teams in London. He helped both teams qualify for finals. The 4x 100m freestyle team went on to place 4th in the finals while the medley team won the Bronze.

Highlight(s) From London

"My highlight for my performances in London was getting the heat swim for Medley relay. I had impressed coaches with my swim earlier in the week and was not expecting to get the spot. The home crowd was definitely living up to expectation that morning with GB just ahead of us as I entered the water. What an exhilarating experience! Outside of my performances my highlight was definitely being in the stands and cheering for both Anna Meares and Sally Pearson as they won Gold for Australia in the same evening! What a night!”

What’s Next?

"I am back in the water already and was even training a little during the second week of the Olympics. We have Australian Short Course Championships in Perth from September 12th-16th. They are the trials for the World Short course championships to be held in Istanbul later in the year. I am also competing in the FINA/Arena World Cup Circuit throughout October and early November. Plenty of travel and lots of racing to finish of the year!”

 
Emily Little
 
Emily was a member of the Artistic gymnastics team, which ended up finishing 10thin the qualifications in London. Emily was also an All-Around finalist and ended up finishing 15th in the finals.
 
Highlight(s) From London
 
"The closing ceremony was really cool. Just the whole atmosphere of it all and being in the stadium with so many people and watching the performances was awesome. I also really enjoyed going to the reception and seeing all these famous athletes and knowing that you are all about of the same competition. Another highlight would be making all-around finals. I had really good routines in finals and finishing 15th is a huge achievement in my career so far. I remember standing there before I competed and just thinking- oh my gosh I’m at the Olympics, I’ve been training for this forever.”

What’s Next?

"I am just going to take some down time for a little while and have a think about my next goals. My body and my mind need a bit of a break and I need to give the injuries a bit of time to recover and then we will see where we go from there.” 
 


Congratulations to all these athletes, they've been rewarded for all their hard work over the last few years. As you can see it not all fun and games for athletes after the Olympics, though coaches will give them a few weeks so they can "let their hair down". Remember keep striving for your goals, working hard at training and in the future you too could potentially represent your country at the Olympics.
 
   
 
 
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