Being on the sidelines | Harrison's blog

Published 3 March 2016 (AEDT) | Author Harrison Peacock

Harrison Peacock sets up with one hand in the match between Australia and Egypt during the FIVB Men's Volleyball World Cup Japan 2015. © Getty Images

The life of an athlete isn’t easy. It isn’t always as glamorous as it looks and sometimes things don’t quite go to plan. A month ago I was enjoying a European winter and competing for my club team in Poland, focusing on making sure I was ready to go for the qualification tournament in May. Now I am back in Australia with my foot up having had ankle surgery a few weeks ago. Injuries are a part of being an athlete, but any athlete will tell you that it is the worst part. Being on the sidelines and watching your mates (and competitors!) compete is not something that anyone wants to do.

Although it really isn’t great to have surgery at the start of an Olympic year, I have to look at the positive side – the surgery was minor and the recovery timeline should allow me to be back in time to join the team at the start of the National Team season. Although I was always expecting the lead up to the qualification tournament to be hard work – it just got a lot harder!

While I am starting my rehab, the other Volleyroos are moving towards the final stages of their club seasons. Paul Carroll and Nehemiah Mote, two members of the Volleyroos, recently played against each other in the Final of the German Cup, with Paul taking the victory after an amazing performance. Tom Edgar has just finished his season in China, where his team finished second and he was awarded the MVP of the season. We are all following the results of our teammates, and watching live streams of their matches where possible. As we are getting closer to the end of the club seasons and the start of the national team season, we are all very excited for what is to come – especially given the great results we are seeing from our teammates all over the world.

Harrison Peacock

Harrison Peacock

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