Year of Birth
Commerce - Marketing, Macquarie University
Macquarie University, Macquarie Park, Australia
Why did you begin your sport?
Table tennis has always been in the family. My grandparents represented NSW into their 80s, my dad was a good player and a real competitor on the court, and it was his influence why my brothers and I also took to the sport. Not to mention, my mum and dad also met at a table tennis club! Safe to say it has always been around me.
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
Nothing too unique, just a quick bathroom stop to release some nerves.
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Winning the match for Australia at the 2012 World Team Championships to secure the promotion of Australia to Premier Division for the 2014 World Team Championships - the top division which we hadn't qualified to play in for over 10 years.
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
My dad is my hero. He passed away from a short but aggressive battle with cancer in 2012. His courage, fighting spirit and passion for life is what I admire most and what I draw strength from.
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
Again, my dad. He was always my biggest fan and believed that I could achieve my dreams. Growing up in a small country town of only 2,000 people and no other hardcore table tennis families like ours, we were very much in the journey together. Dad was my sole training partner, my warm-up partner at every tournament, as well as my coach on the bench. He was my partner in crime, going through all the ups and downs with me, but he was very good at separating himself as coach and dad, and never was I ever pushed into playing. It was always my choice.
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
When I'm not training, I very much like my downtime, which involves watching trashy TV shows (The Bachelor is one my faves), going to the movies, and I don't mind getting all arty and crafty every now and then.
What is your sporting ambition?
To represent Australia at an Olympics and Commonwealth Games and be the best in the country.