Friday 5-7-13-Day 1
What a magical experience, competing out in the open, under the stars in a Greek amphitheater with the crowd cheering and cameras flashing with athletes from all over the world being judged one against the other. The judging finishes. It’s about 1am Saturday when I return to the motel. Judging is still going on.
The amphitheater is all of a buzz. Athletes are slapping bodies to enhance tan, smoothing on bikini bite, practicing posing, pumping up and changing costumes for different divisions. The air is electric. It’s now 9pm and athletes are coming and going on and off stage. The air is warm, the stars are bright. My anxiety is growing. It’s now 12.30am and I’m pacing up and down with number 116 pinned to my bikini. Not long to go now. Finally , I’m called. It’s 1.20 am. It’s just the routines to do tonight. Routines first and then the results. We wait in the wings and then we’re on. Masters Women is now in progress. Now it’s my turn. I do my routine to “Oh You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate. The crowd goes wild. At the end of my routine the judges and many in the audience stand up and cheer. I’m living a dream! I’m stoked. Then, the announcement comes, “1st place in Grandmasters Women, Ultra Masters Women and Super Ultra Masters Women, Janice Lorraine!” I’m now standing on stage with three gold medals around my neck, cameras are clicking and my smile as wide as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But what excites me even more is the number of female athletes that have come up to me and thanked me for showing them what is possible saying things like “I want to be like you when I’m 70” These words were music to my ears. So go girls and enjoy all of who you are! You’re not old at 30,40, 50, 60 or 70+. So go for it!
Today I”m swimming in the Ionian Sea. What an experience! The water is the deepest blue and a light aqua colour near the beach. The water feels soft and the waves are full but gentle. I feel like I’m living dream. I’m off to a big INBA party tonight!