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February 2013
Well it's been a long time since I updated my site and a lot has happened in that time.

London 2012 was even more of an amazing experience than I ever imagined. The organisation was exceptional and the home crowds proved to make this Olympics memorable for everyone involved. Conditions at Dorney lake were pretty kind to us although the usual cross/head wind was blowing to some degree. There was some fantastic racing in front of capacity crowds with an incredible atmosphere. Nelo made me an awesome white Vanquish 4 to race with the Team GB lion on both sides of the front and Braca made me a super light super stiff pair of Braca II paddles, also in white. I had lane 1 for every race which was right along the grandstand so the noise was immense! I made the A final, my fourth consecutive Olympic 1000m final and fifth overall Olympic final. I don't feel I raced to my full potential however, finishing 8th. The whole experience was really rewarding, and I was very proud to be representing Team GB at a home Olympic Games. 

At the end of August I moved out to Cape Town with my wife and daughter to spend most of the winter here, training as usual. At the end of October our son was born and he has been a great addition to the family. Feel very lucky to come home from training and be greeted by smiles and happiness as well as the occasional dirty nappy!

So, the plan now is to keep training in preparation for the April selection regatta in Nottingham followed by World Cup, Euro and World Champs. Really looking forward to the race season starting again soon. 
4th February 2013
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