Alice McNamara

Thanks to the support of Jalna, I have recently completed the Eureka Tower Climb in Melbourne, winning my 5th climb from 5 starts. The male winner was Mark Bourne, also for his 5th win. The race is always tough, but I love the iconic event and the enthusiastic people the race attracts. I would recommend it as a team or individual challenge to all Jalna fans.

This year I felt really good, like I paced my 9:39 race well. I found a strong rhythm; two steps at a time, handrail with two hands over/under and big breathing all the way. All of the hard kilometers rowed in the boat and on the rowing ergometer have been paying off! I also feel like the bike kms and hill climbs done for rowing have primed my legs for the strength endurance required for the 88 floors of Eureka.

In 2015, this pre-Olympic year, I competed for Australia in the Lightweight Double Scull (LW2x). We now shift our focus solely to find a combination fast enough to represent Australia in Rio (August 2016) and bring home a medal. Australia has the talent to boat a world-beating LW2x, and I hope to help lead the charge!

Beyond Rio, I will continue to chase the tower climbs and am excited as to where in the world they may take me!

I am also immensely proud to say that in 2015 I have graduated from Medical School at the University of Melbourne. A/Prof Peter Morley and the clinical school staff at Royal Melbourne Hospital have been so helpful in supporting my journey. I agree with them that the 9 flights of stairs at RMH are probably the toughest in Melbourne after a day on your feet!

So, many thanks to Jalna and to my family and friends for their support and enthusiasm. A particular thanks to Bill Tait, Rod Siegal, Harry Brennan, Cath Pruscino and my phenomenal training group at the Victorian Institute of Sport #VISroadtoRio

Alice McNamara
Twitter: @alice_mac6