I grew up as a typical sporty kid taking advantage of the many opportunities to be involved in both individual and team sports. To me, there was always something to learn through sport, whether about the sport itself or yourself. My passion for all things sport and exercise continued with a 20+ year career as a physiotherapist after completing both a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Masters of Sports Physiotherapy. As a physiotherapist, I gained a good understanding of how the human body responds to exercise, injury management and how to plan exercise programs. At my core, I have always loved both science and learning, and it is part of the reason I love sport. As such, I am often found with my head deep in a book or article about training, nutrition or sports psychology.
I am particularly drawn to challenges in the endurance and adventure world. My history in endurance sport began back in 1993 when I lined up for my first marathon full of nervousness, excitement and anticipation – from this day, I have been hooked on long distance events. My introduction to triathlon was in 2008 when I completed my first triathlon in Noosa. Since this time I have competed in a variety of sprint and Olympic distance races including ITU World Championships in Auckland 2012.
In 2013, with a change in my career, I took the plunge, chased a longtime dream and signed up for my first ironman in Western Australia. As a self- coached athlete, I made plenty of training and race day errors, but was fortunate to earn an entry to the World Ironman Championships in Kona. Being part of this amazing experience has shaped my involvement in triathlon over the past six years and in particular long distance events. Over this time, I have continued to compete in short and long distance triathlons including World Championships (Ironman and 70.3) in addition to participating in trail runs and endurance cycling events.
My journey has included working on different approaches to training through with a variety of coaches and but importantly also learning from the many failures and mistakes along the way. Ultimately, the failures are where I have learned the most. What continues to drive my passion for this sport is the process and challenge of creating great performances – whether that is a certain place in an age group, a PB or just a great day out. At the fundamental level, I believe in the absolute basics of training - focusing on fitness, general health and consistency of training within a balanced life. In my own life, I am grateful to have family and friends who share my love for the sport. I believe that this support is an important component of the journey.
The opportunity to coach at TZero realizes a long term goal for me– to be able to work with a dedicated team of coaches to help athletes live their potential. I view coaching as a privilege to be a part of the athlete’s team and importantly, their own goal or dream. As an athlete, you are the star of your own journey. As coach, it is my role is to work on the details with you so you can truly enjoy it.