Captain’s Diary – Louise Winchester

first_imgIn the third edition, Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, speaks about how it feels to be captain of the team and her memories from the 2003 and 2007 World Cups.   Hey everyone, Well I’ve been asked by TFA to do a bit of a captain’s diary in the lead up to our World Cup of which I must say I am very proud. I am also just quietly a little excited because if you know me, you know I’m a little bit of a Touch head as well as loving a bit of Touch jibber! I have to start by saying I am truly so honoured and proud to be the Australian Women’s Open captain. It is only my second year as captain and I absolutely love it. I am a strong believer in the importance of tradition and history, so to be a part of such a successful and important history in Australian Women’s Open is so very special to me. Past captains have been such amazing players and more importantly amazing people, so to be named alongside them means the absolute world to me. My first experience as Australian captain was at the 2010 Trans Tasman series in New Zealand. I will never forget the incredible experience of being captain for the first time and it will be something that I will remember forever. It was a pretty nerve racking experience, being my first time and being away from home. The fact that a number of senior players weren’t in this team added to the pressure of it all but this also added to how incredible this experience was. To captain a team is something so special to me but to captain that particular side of young, up and coming players was something even more special. They were an absolutely awesome bunch of girls who made my job so much easier, simply by being themselves. They stood up massively as I knew they would. It was an amazing feeling and I could not have been prouder! I definitely think this experience will help me in the upcoming World Cup. It will drive me to push myself more so and through this, push the girls to be the best they can be and together we will be the best we can be!Prior to this World Cup I have been blessed enough to be a part of two previous World Cups – Japan in 2003 and South Africa in 2007. Both experiences were unbelievable! I am really grateful once again to be given the opportunity to represent my country as well as to travel to amazing places with friends and family. I am so excited for the new girls in the team who have not yet experienced a World Cup. I have absolutely no doubt that it will be an incredible experience for each of them. They will not only get to represent their country and travel and experience another country and its culture but they will get to play against many different countries, which is an experience in itself! They will also get to meet some awesome people from all around the world and get to do all of this with their mates and through this, forge very special friendships. That is my favourite part, sharing amazing memories with special people and together having those memories for the rest of your life.I am truly so honoured and proud to be part of such a very successful Women’s Open team. The incredible legacy that past teams and players have given us is something so special and something that as a team we hold in very high regard. Yes, of course, having been so successful in the past does lead to pressure, but I see that as a good thing. I know that we as a team will use the pressure of past success in a positive way and use it to motivate and drive us to continue this amazing and special legacy and continue to be successful.It is now only just over four weeks until we go! I cannot believe it! It has gone so fast! I still remember when we were told the next World Cup was going to be held in Scotland in 2011 and thinking how far away that was. But now it is almost here! I will continue to train hard as I know each of my girls will be doing also. We have our first training camp this weekend of which I am really looking forward to. I don’t usually look that forward to a training camp (sorry Kez!) but I’m really looking forward to seeing the girls and working together towards another successful campaign.More Touch jibber soon…I’m sure you all can’t wait!Weezo Stay tuned to the website to hear from Australia’s other captains, with insight into Australia’s preparation in the lead up to the World Cup.   With only 32 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384