Thank you is definitely where I will start this post. The support I have received over the past week, the past month, the past year, the last 10 years has been absolutely incredible. Honestly the words on this page will never be enough to truly reflect the gratitude I feel. Thank you.

Ten years ago, just a couple of months after starting to swim competitively, I had the opportunity to represent Malawi at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. It was at that point I knew I was going to be on a journey chasing a dream for many years to come. That journey came to an end last week in South Africa. It didn’t end the way I thought it was going to end, it wasn’t really the result I worked for, and to be honest I am disappointed with what went down on paper as the final result. But what I can tell you is that I am satisfied.

It’s weird being disappointed and satisfied at the same time. As I just said, I am disappointed with the times I swam last week and the positions I finished. I am disappointed that the hard work I put in, the sacrifices I have made, the commitment I swore to did not pay off in the way I wanted.

Yet I am peacefully content with everything. I did everything I could and that fact alone is good enough for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a big fan of losing. I don’t think you can be a competitive athlete if you don’t mind losing. Yet strangely enough the cliche that titled my first ever blog post holds true. “Life is about the journey, enjoy the ride”. I am satisfied because I know that I committed 100% to my dream. I am satisfied because I don’t regret doing or not doing anything leading up to last weeks Olympic Trials. I am satisfied because I honestly could not have given anything more and I am proud of that.

You see friends, I believe life is as much about having the balls to put yourself out there, committing 100% and taking responsibility for our lives as it is about achieving success. I think my greatest fear is that as I grow older I will allow life to get in the  way of my dreams, I’ll get caught up in my day to day struggles and forget about what I really want to achieve. I never want to stop dreaming big, or start thinking “practically”, I don’t want to be the guy that makes excuses for why I can’t do something or blame others for any inabilites.

Myself with Neil Versfeld (9th in the 200 Breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Olympics) and Terence Parkin (2nd in the 200 Breaststroke at the 2000 Sydney Olympics)

My Olympic Dream was a big dream, but I have lived like it was a reality for the last couple of years. I am proud of that. The journey has been one of a kind and incredibly rewarding. I’ve had the opportunity to see amazing places because of my swimming. I have met and raced against some very cool people, I’ve had incredible doctors, surgeons, therapists and trainers help me through my injuries. I’ve worked with awesome coaches and have seen and felt support from friends that gave me goosebumps. I received emotional and financial help from a family that loves me unconditionally, and have shared most of the journey with an incredible woman who stood by me through it all.

I may not have made the Olympic cut but I wouldn’t change any of my experiences for the world.

Find your Olympic Dream my friends and follow it like there is no tomorrow.

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”  – Pierre de Coubertin, IOC President 1896 – 1925.