What is your full name?
How long have you been competing or partaking in your sport?
Since early 2011, when I started running to and from the office.
Where do you call home?
It’s a tough one and there is no ‘normal’ answer or single place at the moment. It’s been a very mobile past few years. I was brought up in clouds on Red Hill, Victoria.
Favorite event or place to practice your sport?
There are many to list, but it’s hard to go past New Zealand. It’s got so much to offer and its pretty quiet too.
What is your focus within your sport?
I really tune into the longer distances such as 100km and above, these are usually in a mountain setting too, which adds the element of remoteness and dramatic beauty which is something I love.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while doing your sport?
It is strange how you can feel fairly average at 20km and then at 150km into a race you can feel better than that 20km moment. Strange how the mind can try to trick you into feeling otherwise.
Apart from the sporting goals I have within running/ outdoor pursuits, I also want to help foster and grow a community based on a welcoming, educational and accepting basis. Running/ hiking/being outdoors allows people from all walks of life and every shape and size, to participate in. As an existing member of these communities, it’s a hugely important goal of mine to continue welcoming others into this space in a safe and kind matter, to help them enjoy it and reap the benefits from the beauty of the outdoors and sports in nature.
I'd also like to run a qualifying distance for the Australian 24hr World Championship Team and compete in National and International events on the circuit.
Athletic experience and achievements
In 2015 I decided to take a break from my job and move into a one-bedroom apartment with 4 people, adopting the full-time athlete lifestyle and training for a 100mile race called UTMB. It was a great Summer and since then it’s been a great experience working and living in the industry that is trail running. I have managed to represent Australia at 2 World Championships. Successfully completed and won events in New Zealand, France, Nepal, Australia and placed highly in some of the toughest events in the world, such as 10th at Marathon Des Sables, a 250km self-supported stage race in the Sahara Desert.
Who do you admire?
I admire anyone who simply tries. They do not have to be professional or leading a race. Anyone who wants to make this world a better place and go against the norm if it means listening to their real feelings is someone I admire.
What gets you outside every day?
The feeling fresh air and movement brings to my existence. And sometimes the dog.
Try to live and lead by example. Listening to my intuition and gain experience to further help others who may benefit and enjoy the help.
Respect, empathy and kindness.
Anything else you would like to add about yourself or your sport?
I’d just like to encourage people to think of the small changes we can all make and implement to help the greater good and each community we are involved in.