How it started

I started rowing in Year 9 for Villa Maria College. I was inspired to join the sport by my older sister, who I am currently rowing with today. It started off as a way to keep fit over summer for netball season, but it wasn’t long before I fell in love with rowing and everything involved in it. In my second year I realised that I had a talent in this sport. I was selected for the U18 South Island team and again in 2017, and these amazing opportunities advanced my rowing and made me more competitive.

In my final year representing Villa Maria College, I was fortunate to receive a Junior trial and was selected for the U19 NZ Junior team. My journey during Juniors is one I won’t forget: after being named as a reserve for the New Zealand Juniors team, I then won a bronze medal at the Junior Worlds in the Czech Republic in the women’s double. After this I dedicated my time to the sport and have achieved many of my goals along the way. I have been named in the U23 team numerous times, and was selected into the Elite development team this year.

My goals

I started rowing in Year 9 for Villa Maria College. I was inspired to join the sport by my older sister, who I am currently rowing with today. It started off as a way to keep fit over summer for netball season, but it wasn’t long before I fell in love with rowing and everything involved in it. In my second year I realised that I had a talent in this sport. I was selected for the U18 South Island team and again in 2017, and these amazing opportunities advanced my rowing and made me more competitive.

In my final year representing Villa Maria College, I was fortunate to receive a Junior trial and was selected for the U19 NZ Junior team. My journey during Juniors is one I won’t forget: after being named as a reserve for the New Zealand Juniors team, I then won a bronze medal at the Junior Worlds in the Czech Republic in the women’s double. After this I dedicated my time to the sport and have achieved many of my goals along the way. I have been named in the U23 team numerous times, and was selected into the Elite development team this year.

Interests outside of rowing

If I am not in meetings or appointments at Rowing NZ, you will find me either relaxing on the couch with lots of food, having coffee with friends or studying.

What HPSNZ has offered me

High performance sport offers athletes many choices. We are fortunate every day to receive excellent support from physiotherapists, psychologists, physiologists, nutritionists and doctors. Each of these people has an influential role in the success and performance of myself and other athletes. As high performance athletes and rowers we are sure to need assistance from the athlete support and health providers at some point.HPSNZ provides the support necessary for me to deliver initiatives within my daily training environment. I have certainly relied on the physio, nutritionist and doctor a lot already to avoid or fix injuries and niggles, as time on the water and in the boat is crucial to one’s performance.

Three practical actions for sport diversity and inclusion

1

Make something visual that will remind you of your goals.

I keep a training journal so I can write about my sessions each day – what I did well and what I need to work on. I make sure to do one positive thing every day that will help me towards my goal, even if that is just a workout or having an early night.

2

Be confident. Losing can teach you how to win.

In a sport full of great athletes, you are your biggest cheerleader. Believe, persevere, and trust that you can make it.

3

Be disciplined with your nutrition programme.

I love unhealthy snacks, so learning how to moderate what I eat is hard work. Remember that everything is good in moderation so you can (and should!) still enjoy your favourite foods, but keep your eye on your end goal. I have learnt how important fuel is for training sessions. When I go out for a row, I have a bottle of electrolytes and a banana to ensure I get the most out of that session, and this in turn helps prevent further injuries.

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