Wagga's only Olympic gold medallist Alicia Lucas (nee Quirk) is coming to terms with the postponement of the Tokyo Games.
Lucas and her fellow Australian rugby seven teammates were sent on four weeks of annual leave on Monday, just a day before this year's Olympic Games were officially postponed for 12 months.
Lucas revealed she was initially devastated by the news.
"I knew the way the rest of the world was progressing, it was going to be really hard for the Olympics to go ahead but I think it was just that glimmer of hope, that even without spectators, that actually we would get to do it," Lucas said.
"Until you couldn't escape it and that it was everywhere and that was the decision, then it kind of hit home that it was over.
"I guess it's not cancelled, it's just postponed but it's still 16 months away, it's such a long time. Especially, I'm at the back end of my career. I've been playing for nearly 10 years, I am in that capacity, carrying a few little niggles and injuries and you think another 15 months, geez.
"It's a bit of a deflating (feeling), the postponement. I was looking forward to it in so many aspects, not just going and playing."
Lucas is in self isolation with her husband Matt in Queensland, after he recently returned from playing in Japan. The break has given her time to come to grips with the reality of the situation.
"I think at the minute I'm in a bit of limbo. If I start to think about it, I get a bit overwhelmed and panicked because I don't know what my plan is, and I'm a very meticulous planned person," she said.
"When I don't think about it, I'm in a state of bliss. I'm in self isolation with my husband, who has lived overseas for six months, in sunny Queensland. You kind of figure out what your priorities are and what makes you happy, in that regard."
The Australian women had three tournaments to play before the Olympics, that was until the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Lucas believes the ability as an athlete to be adaptable and flexible will be important now more than ever.
"I think having that fluid kind of mindset is helping me deal with it right now," she said.
"I was so disappointed...but if world health is what's stopping me from going to an Olympics, there can't be anything bigger, so I'm kind of okay with it.
"I'm content with the decision that's been made, for the safety of everyone, and my dream is just a small byproduct of that. As disappointing as that is, hopefully you look back in the future and go, what a crazy time, we got through that. The goalposts have just shifted, not the goal."
While she admits she is getting close to 'veteran' status, Lucas is determined to push on and be there at 'Tokyo 2021'.
"I would 100 per cent love to be there. It will be my goal," she said.
"Obviously with my husband's situation as well, if he gets another contract overseas again, it's just weighing up whether living apart for another year is what's going to be best for us long term and all of that. But 100 per cent if the opportunity is there, I'll grab it 100 per cent. I don't think anyone could say they don't want to be."
Lucas became Wagga's first Olympic gold medallist with her success at Rio four years ago.
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