What has your journey looked like to date?
I was very active as a young person, playing netball from the age of 9 to 17, and also playing rugby and touch in high school.In year 9 and 10 I was part of my high-school’s Sports Academy, which was a class designed to assist with the development of young athletes, placing us in an environment that challenged us both physically and mentally with the goal of developing young leaders who could succeed in all aspects of sport and academia. However, my poor mental health became a severe barrier to me playing sport once I started university, with me struggling through 3 and a half years of inactivity and poor nutrition at Otago University and a year at the University of Auckland. I then moved to Wellington in 2019 and took a gap year ,during which time my mental health flourished but my physical health further deteriorated, with me gaining over 25kg, adding almost half of my past body weight to my frame. Nowadays I am at the beginning of what will hopefully be a holistic health and wellbeing overhaul.
What are some goals you are working towards?
This year I want to finally find balance between the mental and physical,and run 2 half-marathons (Wellington in July and Auckland in November) with my goal being to get my marathon time under 2:30:00, all while being kind (but firm) to my body and mind in the process.
Who is someone who inspires you?
I am inspired by my sister-in-law, a working single mum who succeeds at everything she puts her mind to, due to her incredible work-ethic, persistence, and innate confidence in her abilities. I want to be as confident as her in my own abilities, and to be able to push myself and be persistent and present with my own goals.