Caitlin Foord: A Day In The Life Of An Olympian

by | Aug 5, 2016

At 21, Nike athlete and Matildas player, Caitlin Foord is already a veteran in the Australian football side having been a regular fixture in the team for the past five years. With two World Cups already under her belt, the defender will need to help keep out the world’s best if Australia are to win their first Olympic football medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Here’s how she’s ramping up her A-game – and how you can too.

 

 

How she’s… training

“In the lead-up to the Olympics it’s been pretty full on. We wake up, have breakfast, get strapped, change into our gear and head out to the field for an 80-minute session before recovery and lunch. We have a game in the afternoon, which we need to get re-strapped for. Then, same thing, recovery after, dinner and then normally everyone’s buggered by this point and we are in bed pretty early.”

 

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How she’s… recovering

“Recovery is crucial. You feel so good after doing a hard session, but at the time it’s not much fun at all. We’ve got team physiotherapists who do our strapping then we have some pre-hab exercises we do before games. We use trigger balls for any tight spots and resistance bands. Ice baths also come into play.”

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How she’s… staying motivating

“When you find that goal that keeps you going, you can figure out how hard you can work after accomplishing it. As much as you might think you want to quit when it gets hard, just look around you for motivation. For us being in a team, when we look around and see everyone is digging deep, it’s like if you quit you’re letting the whole team down.”

How she’s… getting focused

“Focus on how much you want something. If you really want it, you’ll find a way to do it. When I’m not in competition it’s hard to motivate myself to get out and go for a run, but that’s why setting goals you want to accomplish is so important. Remember that feeling of how good it is to achieve something and that will encourage you to get up the next day and do it again.”

  

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As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

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