Point of View - By A.J. Ogilvy

Sept. 24, 2008

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Editor’s Note: Each month “Commodore Nation” will ask a varsity athlete to sound off on a point of personal interest. Ogilvy has returned to Australia for the summer and is preparing to represent his home country in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

This summer I tried out for the Boomers, the Australian Olympic team. The first camp started June 1, so in order to be fully prepared for this great opportunity to represent my country, I have been working out with coaches three times a week. I also have been shooting every day and lifting weights four times a week. In total, I have been in the gym between three and four hours a day.

While working out is very enjoyable, I always take Sundays off to help my body recover and get ready for the week ahead.

Catching up with my family and friends has been a lot of fun. I’ve been staying with some friends during the week so I’m closer to workout facilities and then staying with my family on the weekends.

Even though it has been great working out and preparing for the camps, the hardest part about the experience is not being able to spend as much time with my family and friends as I would like. Having lived on the other side of the world for nine months, I would love to be able to spend more time with them over the summer break, but unfortunately it’s something that I have to sacrifice in order to try and achieve my goal of playing in the Olympics.

This summer is definitely the hardest I have worked in order to make a team. Camps are very intense, and the workouts are the hardest I’ve ever done. But I feel that I’m in good enough shape to handle them.

The possibility of representing my country at the Olympics is something that I am really excited about. To wear my country’s colors at the Olympics is my ultimate goal in basketball, so to have the chance to do that already is really exciting.

The experience of playing at Vanderbilt and against the players of the SEC has really helped me get ready to compete against the older, more experienced athletes. Being able to battle it out with faster, stronger athletes throughout the season has made me become a smarter player and learn how to use my strengths more.

I’m hoping that my experience this summer will not only help me become a better player and give me a great opportunity to represent my country, but it will give me more experience and help me be able to give more to Vanderbilt when we start working out and preparing for our next season.



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