Australian Surf Life Saving Board Rescue Champion - 2014;
2014 Australian Surf Lifesaving Surf Swim Champion - 2014;
Kelloggs Nutri Grain Professional Ironwoman Series Champion - 2013/2014;
3rd Coolangatta Gold - 2013;
Australian Surf Lifesaving Ironwoman Champion - 2013;
Kelloggs Nutri Grain Professional Ironwoman Series Champion - 2012/2013;
Ironwoman Series Winner - 2012-2013-2014;
Women's Race Coolangatta Gold - 1st Open Female - 2011;
Australian SurfLife Saving Championships - 1st Open Ironwoman, 1st Open Swim Teams - 2nd Surf Swim, Board Relay, Ski Relay and 3rd Board Rescue - 2011;
Queensland Surflife Saving Championships - 1st Open Swim, Swim Teams and Taplin Relay, 2nd Open Ironwoman, Board Relay and Ski Relay - 2011;
Ironwoman - Series Champion and winner of inaugural Karla Gilbert medal - 2011;
Coolangatta Gold - 2nd Open Female - 2010;
3rd Women's Race Coolangatta Gold - 2009;
World Surf Swim Champion (Interclub) - 2008;
World Board Rescue Champion (Interclub) - 2008;
Australian U17 Ironwoman Champion - 2005;
Australian U16 Ironwoman Champion - 2004;
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Greatest sporting achievement:
Winning Surf Life Saving’s “Triple Crown” (Kelloggs Professional Ironwoman Series, Australian Ironwoman Title and Coolangatta Gold) in the same year, which has never been achieved by any other athlete (male or female).
Best piece of advice you have ever been given:
Respect others and always be gracious in victory or defeat.
Favourite Endura product and why:
Endura Chocolate Optimizer, which I have before and after training. It is really good as a small meal before swim training at 5.30 am, because it sits so well in my stomach and also helps my recovery after training.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I lived on the beach at Sawtell (NSW) when I was growing up and I just loved mucking around in the waves every chance I could get. I joined Nippers when I was five and have loved the surf ever since.
How important is diet and sports nutrition supplements to your performance?
Fairly important. You need it for recovery and energy for all sessions, as well as keeping on top of injury and illness.
What do you normally eat and drink on a typical training day?
Plenty of fresh fruit, nuts and Crispetts (with peanut butter) as snacks during the day, oats with berry fruits for breakfast, chicken and rice/pasta for lunch and maybe steak (or fish) with vegies for my evening meal. I also have an Endura Chocolate Optimizer before and after most training sessions and drink plenty of Endura Rehydration formula. I follow a gluten-free regime with all of my food.
Where will we find you when you are not training or competing?
Probably at the beach with my dogs Jordi (an Aussie Terrier x) and Billie (a blue American Staffie).
What is your best training tip?
Do the hard yards, make the personal sacrifices and the rewards will follow.
What are your goals for the next year?
Another “Triple Crown” (Kelloggs Professional Ironwoman Series, Australian Ironwoman Title and Coolangatta Gold) would be fantastic.
Who inspires you and why?
Karla Gilbert and Shannon Eckstein because they are the ultimate Ironwoman/Ironman. Both are total professionals in the way they prepare themselves for races and then they race very hard but fair. Each is a great role model for others and at all times they remain humble, either in victory or defeat.
How long would you normally spend training each week?
Each week I do about 16 sessions involving swimming, running, board and ski, gym plus remedial massages and physio. All up about 40 hours in total.
What is your favourite 'before race' meal?
Chicken and rice plus Endura Chocolate Optimizer.
Best nutritional advice?
Eat, eat and eat. BUT eat healthy with lots of fresh fruit and vegies and Endura supplements, such as Optimizer and Rehydration formula. If I feel a bit flat or run down, I take Inner Health Immune Booster for Adult and hydrate with Endura Rehydration.
How do you stay motivated with training?
I break my season down into individual races and then I plan my training around the individual features and format of each race. This keeps the training different, yet totally focused on what is coming up.
The thing I love the most about being an athlete is...
I am realising my dreams and doing what I wanted to do ever since I first went into the surf as a Nipper at Sawtell. Also, I love the excitement of racing and testing myself against other athletes who are also fully committed to winning.
What is a common mistake made in your sport?
I think a common mistake is underestimating the surf and just how quickly it can upset the chances of even the fittest and strongest athletes.
Toughest experience in your career / What have you learnt from it?
Being beaten by athletes who push the limits of good sportsmanship. The lesson for me is that an ethos of “win at all costs” is not worth it, and it has a cost as athletes with this approach are not respected by their peers, nor are they looked up to as a good role model, particularly for young children.
In five years time I will be...
I will still be competing in the Professional Ironwoman Series (I hope). However, ten years from now will be a different story and I am looking forward to working in a sports-related role, whether it’s in the media/coaching or something else.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
I listen to my body to ensure I do not overtrain, and therefore go into races feeling fresh and ready to go. I also train to the format of the races I have coming up, so I am conditioned to what the actual race will involve.
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