The night of my event was a strange one. There was a lot of nervous energy amongst the calm. It was even in the crowd, and definitely not what I was expecting after all the hype leading in.
At first I wasn’t happy with my performance. I knew I was in PB shape and it didn’t come together on the night. In saying that, I am happy with lots of other things about the competition, like not fouling any attempts, making improvements on distance with each round and finishing with a placing higher than my initial ranking going into the Olympics. I had a lot of fun out there and felt I conducted myself well. It was amazing and I wish I could do it all over again.
During the Games there were a lot of inspirational performances from many incredible athletes. I looked no further than British distance runner, Mo Farah. He is invincible right? What a champion. You also can’t go past the great Usain Bolt. Before leaving to Rio, people at work joked that I would meet Usain, funnily enough I met him at the training track.
I don't have a lot of major meet experience, so Rio was another stepping stone for me. I went out there and focused on what I had to do, and along the way, I learnt to appreciate the things that I had previously struggled with, like the length of competition, nerves, adjusting to a big crowd, and other distractions. The whole experience was very enjoyable and I have a lot more confidence in my ability now, which I know will help me at future competitions.
I’m now recharging my batteries and drawing on my experiences before training begins for the 2017 World Championships, and onto the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Competing for my country is something I will never forget, I am incredibly proud!
Chelsea is one of Australia’s newest long jump sensations. A solid breakthrough season in 2015 saw her claim her maiden national title. Chelsea competed for Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.