I recently had a chat to Tamsin and asked how things were going with her now following her ankle reconstruction last year and the birth of Al’s and her second child just before last Christmas. It was great to here from Tamsin who is highly regarded as a friend of the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club.
She sent me this note:
So, where am I at… The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour has just begun for 2014 and I am watching it with pangs of jealousy that I am not also competing. I am however very much adoring being the mum to our new little girl Saskia Zoe Hinchley who is 5 months old now (born Dec 7th, 2013). Her older brother Arley is now 4 and is also quite doting of her as well as extremely energetic which definitely keeps us all moving (I joke to him that he is my coach to which he immediately answers with instructions for me to copy him in a certain ninja-like yoga pose). My husband Al now cycles competitively in the Melbourne A-grade which means he is out most mornings and weekends clocking up the kms so I feel I am in the new position of supporting an athlete rather that being one.
I would like to return to beach volleyball competitively but am not sure how it would work. For now I am satisfied with working my way back to fitness. It is difficult to switch off from the elite training mind-set though so I have decided to embrace it rather than fight it!
I have spoken with ex-Matilda’s captain Theresa Deas who informed me with utter honesty that at the age of 50 part of her still believes she can compete with the best in the world “you never lose that part of you” she said. But I also remember Steve Moneghetti saying something along the lines of “don’t limit yourself with retirement” and that is most genuinely how I feel.
My ankle reconstruction from last March has healed well for which I am very grateful. I’ve been coaching volleyball at Mentone Grammar as well as for the Victorian Olympic Committee which runs Active Days throughout Victoria. I have also completed my qualifications for Personal Training and Fitness Business Management alongside some Postgraduate Professional Writing studies through Swinburne University.
And I’m still writing for the group “Champion Mums”, trying to deliver informative and insightful articles to support mothers to continue with their sporting and fitness goals along side caring for their family (www.facebook.com/ChampionMums ).
So all is well and perhaps a lot simpler than before and I am enjoying the everyday challenges and delights of raising a family.
Tamsin Hinchley (nee Barnett)