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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30 2008
A-2 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 31, 2008 GAMES ON: BEIJING BOUND www.innerwestweekly.com.au Sibling rivalry the key FIONA BRADY Australian Olympic rowing team member Liz Kell gets ready to train at Penrith Lakes this week. Picture: DARREN EDWARDS ~PP173101 GROWING up the youngest of four sports-mad siblings in Strathfield helped mould Olympic rower Liz Kell's competitive spirit. ''I just wanted to be better at one sport,'' the former MLC Burwood student said. And the 25-year-old has cer- tainly achieved her ambition. She already has one World Championship gold under her belt for the women's double skull and soon she will compete as part of the formidable women's eight crew in Beijing. Not that the path to the Olympics has all been easy. The Sydney Uni student has already had two major injuries. In 2003 she broke her collarbone when she fell off her horse, which stopped her going to the 2004 Athens Olympics. Last year she had to have back surgery because of degeneration of discs in her lumbar spine. A lesser athlete would have despaired but Kell said her brother, who himself had suffered a major accident, helped to put things in perspective for her. ''He said, 'you'll mend, you'll be OK again','' she said. ''At the end of the day sport isn't everything. ''You do it for love of it, for the joy.'' Her mother Cheryl said: ''I think there's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears all the way through. ''I think its wonderful to see her dreams fulfilled.'' Kell's certainly enjoying being part of an Olympic team. She said she and the crew got on very well. ''We are taking the camp by the horns,'' she said. ''It's great. ''I believe it's quite uncommon to have a group of girls who all get on so well.'' The team is rated as one of the favourites, having come first in the 2008 World Cup 1 Women's Eight in Germany and second in the World Cup 2 Women's Eight in Switzerland. Kell believes it will be ''very tight racing''. ''It could be anyone's race,'' she said. ''It could be our race.'' Right now, she's training harder than ever, rising at 6am, and fills the rest of her time studying education. Her mum and dad will be in Beijing to watch her. Polo team's morale high Gavin Woods MEN'S water polo captain Gavin Woods has declared these are likely to be his last Games. The triple Olympian from Russell Lea said morale was high in the team, which came ninth at the last Olympics. ''Over recent tournaments we've been beating some of the top teams,'' Woods said. ''There's every chance of mak- ing it through to the medal rounds. Our expectations are definitely rising.'' Australia's toughest opponents are likely to be Spain, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. Woods said it would probably be his last Games. ''At this stage I want to focus on getting the best results we can,'' he said. ''I think it's going to be an amazing experience and atmos- phere. There's been a lot of hype about the Olympics being in Beij- ing but I think they'll put on a pretty well-organised show.'' His first match is on August 10 against Greece. 461 MARINE HENLEY DRIVE, DRUMMOYNE Ph: 97199 1522 www.therowers.com.au Aqua Vista Ph: 9719 8392 aquavista.net.au A LA CARTE RESTAURANT BISTRO WOODFIRED PIZZAS WATEREDGE BALCONY G SCREEN TV'S KENO TAB MEMBERS DISCOUNTS 2345037K
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