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Author: Shelley Gross

This is the hardest post to write as it is about our personal journey. My daughter Eliza is, or should I say was, the coxswain for the Geelong College 1st Girls rowing VIII. These girls train six days a week for 6 months, and put blood, sweat and tears into their sport. Their commitment is unparalleled. Rowers and coxswains cannot miss ONE SINGLE SESSION! There is no other team sport like it. The nine girls and the team mates in the other senior crews have had a shit ending. Last Friday...

These first few blog posts are going to be pretty condensed. I didn't realise how quickly things would escalate, so I will try to compact details as much as I can recall. It was only less than a week ago that life seemed pretty normal. There were 3 deaths from COVID-19 in Australia, and around 20 confirmed cases. One week later, and here is an email that I am sending to my son's school as he has a headache...

Thought I would start a blog to document my own person experience of history in the making. In early February I watched a program on the ABC which was reporting on the Corona Virus in Wuhan Province, China. I remember the panic in Tim McLean's voice as he was trapped in Wuhan and wanted desperately to come home to Australia. There was real fear. There were also images of empty highways, and am image I will never forget...