This is a captivating and unusual story of how it takes a village to raise an #athlete. For Jaime Fernandez — or Hamma as he’s affectionately known — three-time Olympian and silver medallist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the men’s eight and currently the Deputy Performance Director at Rowing Australia — it wasn’t only his parents who played an influential role in his stellar #sporting career. You’ll hear about the many others who turned this “rough, bush kid” into a rowing champion, who loved the sport from his very first stroke. How a green and gold long-sleeve shirt, along with running away from buffaloes (and crocodiles!), helped shape Jaime’s sporting career — confirming talent development isn’t linear. There are many ways to take up a sport and many pathways to reach the pinnacle. With no grand plan to become an Olympian, it was little things along the way, Jaime’s give-it-a-go attitude, and a childhood growing up in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory that propelled this “battler” to his representative debut at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.