Monash sailing superstar Tess Lloyd has had her Olympic dream put on hold with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics among the sporting events affected by the coronavirus, now rescheduled to 2021.
Having only qualified as a member of Australia's Olympic Sailing Team last month, the news was tough for Tess, the Bachelor of Arts student at Monash University, to swallow.
"Obviously it was a little bit upsetting because we (Australian sailing team) were so ready to get into it (Tokyo Olympics 2020) and we worked so hard," Lloyd said.
However, adversity is nothing new for the 24-year-old Arts student. Tess is as tough as they come and she's sworn that nothing will stop her debut Olympic campaign.
"Is there anything that can stop me? No not really. We (Tess and sailing partner Jaime Ryan) have a really good support team behind us and we will keep pushing," she said.
Despite all of the frustration, Tess recognised her competition is in the same boat and she plans to sail ahead into the 2021 Olympics. "I think the delay is actually a really good opportunity for me and Jaime because we are quite a young team and a whole extra year helps us to really mature and develop," she said.
"It's sort of like a never-ending journey at the moment...but it's really exciting that we can keep working and improving."