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Are you a citizen of a country other than Australia? If yes, please provide details?
Current- Bach. health sciences (Naturopathy)
Olytech Dynamic Strength, Adelaide, Australia
Why did you begin your sport?
I started strength training in order to improve in Rugby 7's, I wanted to make the Aussie team. I started Crossfit to get stronger and fitter, and fell in love with the individual side, eventually quitting Rugby to focus on that. I started weightlifting to get better at Crossfit (I wanted to try for the Crossfit games), but after my first weightlifting comp which I did just for fun, realised I wanted to focus solely on Oly lifts.
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
Lots! The morming of, I will find a quiet cafe to journal out, focusing on writing out all the reasons why I should succeed that day, reminding myself of all the people who have helped me get there, the sacrifices I have made, the lessons I have learned. I write clear intentions as to what I want to do that day, how I want to execute my lifts, what thoughts to focus on, how it will feel when I have acheived my outcome.
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
My clutch lift that secured my spot for the games.
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
One of my heroes is David Pocock. Not only is he an absolute beast on the field, but I always admired his off field presence- he used his on field success to help those less fortunate and used his social media presence to push environmemtal issues and marriage equality really early in the debate. I think he is a great role model, and was lucky enough to meet him on Australia Day at the AIS training camp the week our team was announced. I was at the coffee station, and realised he was behind me, accidentally putting hot chocolate into my tea. It was really great to be able to tell him directly that he was my choice of idol, and got a great photo with him too!
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
My Technical coach, Max Dal Santo. When I started Weightlifting, it was as an accessory to my other sports, but within no time, the way Max coached me made this turn in to my passion. He demands excellence, made the sport fun, but made it very clear that he would be all in if I was, and when you have a coach who is as invested in your own success as you are yourself, it is rare. Max lit the fire and made me hungrier for more, put ideas that I thought were far fetched in my minds eye - like making the Commowealth Games. To me, it was so far out of reach that I hadnt even considered it, Max told me it was possible, and I believed him. He has been with me and ridden the highs and lows, given me the freedom to do this my way, but with all the guidance and knowledge that I had his full support and that he would do everything he possibly could to help me acheive our shared dreams.
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
I am studying to be a naturopath, I love coaching and any form of personal development
What is your sporting ambition?
I want to honour the green and gold at CG2018 and would love to compete at the Olympics