Bringing home some silverware! | Rosannah's Blog
Published 13 August 2016 (AEDT) | Author Rosannah Snelson
Rosannah Snelson - girlfriend of Cameron Girdlestone (rowing)
What a day, what a champion!
Yesterday was an incredible day that I'll never forget.
My boyfriend, Cam Girdlestone, and his crew mates, Sasha Belonogoff, James McRae and Karsten Forsterling raced their A final in the Men's Quadruple Sculls event under the gaze of the Christ the Redeemer. After a tough race the guys came out with a silver medal…
A SILVER MEDAL!
The crew won their heat on Saturday which qualified them straight into the A final. The final was scheduled for Wednesday morning but was postponed when conditions on the course were too horrible to proceed. So our adrenalin and nerves have been pumping for days!
The stand at the course was packed with Aussie supporters dressed in their green and gold. In the last week we've really mastered our “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!” “Oi! Oi! Oi!”. I was sitting with the Girdlestone mob as well as the Forsterling crew. Fiona, Karsten’s wife, and I spent the entire race jumping up and down and screaming at our boys.
As an experienced Olympic supporter, I asked Fiona minutes before the race whether it gets any easier the more Olympic finals you watch. She just shook her head and said that yesterday was the most nervous that she'd ever been. As well as support at the course, we have been overwhelmed with messages from home. People setting their alarms to get up in the middle of the night or getting together to watch the race and cheer at their TV screens have been flooding in.
The boys were INCREDIBLE and I couldn't be more proud! Watching Cam receive his silver medal from Australian Rowing legend James Tomkins was such a special moment that I'll always treasure. I told him “You're living your dream!”
I have watched Cam work so hard to achieve this dream… through the 4am starts, injuries, highs and lows, he has never given up on his goal. He is so deserving of this exceptional award.
The men’s quad race is over but there are still a couple more days of rowing finals - so be sure to check them out! I've got another week in incredible Rio before heading home so will be doing lots of exploring over the next few days, hopefully with my silver medallist boyfriend in tow!
I've loved the experience of being at the Olympic Games - walking down Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, meeting the friendly locals, watching the Olympic beach volleyball and tennis, and eating until I'm sick at Brazilian BBQs - the whole thing has been amazing!