I arrived in Sochi, Russia with Shane Crowhen our strength and conditioning coach on Tuesday the 11th and It’s now Sunday the 14th and I’ve been having a blast. We were welcomed into the team NZ house with a Haka lead by Byron Wells. It was a very emotional welcoming and then we were presented with our pounamu (greenstone) and a Maori blessing.
I’ve only had one day of training in the pipe and it was awesome. Today we will have our second day of training which will start at 6pm, and will go for 2 hours.
The Olympic athlete village is really cool with a lot of security everywhere so I feel safe 100% of the time. We’ve been given a bag of New Zealand pins so every time you go to the food hall it’s game on with swapping pins from different nations. I’ve become a pin hoarder!
Pins collected this morning from the food hall – Ukraine, Netherlands, Peru
Keep you updated 🙂