- Category: Water Polo
How did you become involved in waterpolo?
I was always a swimmer, and when I realised that I got bored of the black line, water polo was a natural progression. My first representative teams were in high school and it went from there.
Who is your sporting hero?
Emma Snowsill - she has been at the top of her sport for such a long time
Age you started in your sport?
I was introduced as a 12 year old, but made my first state team as a 16 year old
Height, weight, age?
11 67cm, 65kg, 26 years old
B. Civil Engineering (honours) / Level 1 water polo referee / Level 1 water polo coach / Bronze medallion - surf life saving
What motivates you to continue in your sport?
To reach my childhood dream of Olympic Gold
What motivated you to start your sport?
I just loved it the first time I played so stuck with it
What is your current business/job?
Civil Engineer (Transport) at Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd
Who do you play for?
Brisbane Barracudas National League Team
People that have inspired you both in sport and life?
My parents instilled in me the great work ethic and strive to achieve, and my brother watching him reach great heights in his sport of triathlon
Great experiences that have happened in your life?
Competing at the 2009 World Champs, 2010 World Cup and 2011 World Champs. And being a recipient of a 'Layne Beachley - Aim for the Stars' award in 2010
Your interests and hobbies?
Water skiing, sailing, gardening, cooking, beaching
One tip or quote that continues to inspire you?
Family Background(where did you grow up) and Current Family
I grew up in Murwillumbah in northern NSW and moved to Brisbane to finish my schooling. My sibling's are all scattered around northern NSW with their families and my mum is still in Brisbane.
What is your happiest memory?
Sailing with my family at Iluka or Bribie Island
Who did you idolize growing up?
Samantha Riley - I was a breastroker and I was going to be just like her!
Were you always one of the better athletes growing up?
Murwillumbah was a very sporty little town, and especially the northern rivers region, so I was always being pushed by the other kids. I did excel in breastroke and was a state champion as a 12 year old.
What is one thing you would share with the children wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Make sure you're always having fun!
How has being involved/playing your sport changed your life?
Water polo has become my life, most other things are secondary. I do find it very important to get a balance, but quite often I'm surrounded by like minded people, which helps day to day life.
Who has been your biggest supporter?
My family! They have always believed in me, and I'm sure mum and dad were so stoked when I got my licence and they didn't have to drive me to training anymore.
Who has been your best coach?
I always remember the coach that got me involved in water polo - Nicola Johnston. She just happens to be a FINA referee so I had a very influential person right from the get go.
Swimming - national level, triathlon, surf life saving and cross-country - state level, hockey and middle distance running - regional level
Favourite Foods/Diet you follow?
When I've been travelling for a long time, the first meal I request when I'm home is steak and simple veggies. When we travel so
much of the food is buffet style and I just get so sick of food being in sauces.
Your typical training split and favourite thing to train?
I love the training where I can compare to myself - the measurable sessions like weights and swimming - always trying to lift
heavier, or swim faster. But then water polo training games are great to have a full-on hit out.
Worst injury you have suffered?
I severed the tendons in my right hand in 2003 doing some renovations with a circular power saw. It was only 18 months away from
the Junior World Champs so was a bit a rush to get rehabbed. I also ruptured my pronator (near my elbow) in a game v Canada in
Montreal in 2010. I was going to fly home for surgery before they realised it was quickly healing itself.
What is the ultimate prize in your sport?
What do you find to be the toughest aspect of your sport?
The selection process is very long and high pressure. We wont know who's in the Olympic team until June 2012.
What is your favourite movie?
Shawshank Redemption and the Godfather series
What one lesson did you take from your parents?
Hard work is rewarded
How do you deal with temptation?
Give in (in moderation) - can't starve yourself of everything
What is your favourite music/band/song?
I'm loving Foster the People at the moment - Call it what you want. And I've always been a fan of The Prodigy
What is your biggest fear?
Falling from heights
Do you believe "never giving up" is the difference between making it and not making it in any sport?
Yes, but only if this attitude is applied in every aspect of your sport
Have you ever failed at anything? If yes how did you overcome this?
Yes, l missed out on final selection for the 2008 Olympic team. I planned on taking the whole year off to revitalise, but after a few
months I couldn't stay away from the pool, so I was back to it in no time.
What inspired you to succeed?
Not letting go of my childhood dream, and now being so close to achieving this dream I can taste it
What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
A famous breastroker and an astronaut
Your future goals in your sports, and goals when you finish your sport?
My long term sporting goal is now my short term goal- Olympic Gold. After the Olympics I will definitely have some time off and
assess where my life is at. I would like to further my experience as an engineer and become chartered, and even venture overseas
If you could have dinner with 5 people who would they be?
Nelson Mandela, Vincent Van Gogh, Alexander the Great, Confucius and Jesus would be pretty good
What is one item you cannot live without?
MY pillow - it travels with me everywhere
People you would like to thank?
Layne Beachley and her Aim For The Stars foundation
AquaDiva Swimwear - their product support - the best swimwear around!
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