Being part of a successful and competitive team means the biggest challenge is not when we perform on the international stage, but to be selected. As such, each day is a chance to impress the coaching team, each day is a chance to become an Olympic medallist.
Hearing is definitely something we take for granted, along with everything else we are lucky enough to have. I remember an incident when I was 12 and I was getting incredibly frustrated with my friend who kept saying 'what?' and getting me to repeat myself over and over again.
As the London Olympic games approached, much talk was of the Olympic Athletes' Hub and how athletes would be more connected to their fans than ever before thanks to social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook.