If you haven’t been through the selection process for a major Games it is hard to imagine just what the athletes go through. On several occasions I’ve likened it to the Hunger Games, but that might be a bit extreme. In retrospect it might be more similar to the silent running practices the Australian SAS forces use to see if their troops will crack.
Needless to say, the selection process for all three major Games I’ve been eligible for has never been an enjoyable experience for me. I’ve lost ample hours of sleep, had a handful of minor breakdowns, and maybe a few emotional binge eating sessions."
CN: Do you have a fondest memory from racing the Commonwealth Games?
AM: One of my highlights was racing one of the Indian girls in the first round in Delhi in 2010, and keeping the race close so that she could enjoy the experience of racing in front of her home crowd. She was a bit slower than me, but it was just such a poignant moment because my sport and my ability were able to help her enjoy that experience. I think that’s the beautiful part of the sport. It’s not just all about gold medals and funding, it’s all about enjoyment and giving something to people and being a part of it.
CN: This year’s Commonwealth Games reverts back to just two races for women sprinters with the 500m time trial and sprint race, are you disappointed?
AM: Two is standard for female sprinters. Delhi was an exception as they did trial the team sprint, which really was wonderful to have a team event in there. I think we shot ourselves in the foot with the British team not attending Delhi, which meant we had very minimal teams start. We couldn’t field a team from England or Wales, so the numbers weren’t there which is fair enough, but still quite sad from the sport’s perspective."