What is your dream?
My dream since I was 11 years old is to represent Australia at the Olympic Games in my sport
How did you find your passion?
I have been dancing since the age of 3 and my dance teacher suggested I try Rhythmic Gymnastics
because of my natural flexibility. My mum took me to my first class and within the hour I knew it was
the sport for me!
Tell us about your dreams / goals for the next 12 months?
In the next 12 months, I will be representing Australia at 4 International events including World Cups
and the Pacific Rim Championships. I will also be competing at the Australian National
Championships where I will be defending my Senior International All Around National Title. The sole
competitor at the Rio Olympic Games will be announced at the end of April.
How will the scholarship support your endeavours?
This scholarship will allow me to travel overseas to World Cup competitions in Germany and Russia
ahead of the Rio Olympic Games. These competitions are very important preparation for the
Olympics. The scholarship will help me greatly with costs such as airfares, accommodation and
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
To date my career highlight is winning Team Gold at the 2010 Dehli Commonwealth Games.
How important is inspiration in your life?
As an older athlete training over 30 hours a week, inspiration is incredibly important in my sporting
and everyday life. To me, inspiration isn't something that I look for when competing at big events or
competitions, it is something I use everyday in training, to help make sure I get the most out of every
minute I spend in the gym.
Who’s your hero (and why)?
My mum is one of the most influential people in my life. Everyday she encourages and inspires me to
continue pushing to achieve the unthinkable.
How will you support your community in the future?
As a young female in elite sport, I am incredibly passionate about encouraging girls to participate in
sport and have an active lifestyle. Alongside my gymnastics commitments I am currently studying to
become a Physical Education Teacher at the University of Queensland. Growing up I saw many girls
dropping out of school sport and PE classes during high school because they thought it was
masculine. As an athlete and teaching student I hope that one day I can help inspire young women
to stay active throughout their life.
What’s the motto that you live by?
If at first you don't succeed, try try try again. As the oldest Rhythmic Gymnast still competing in
Australia, I hope to inspire younger athletes to not give up if at first they miss out on achieving their
goals. After missing out on the London Olympics by a small margin, I refused to give up on my
Olympic dream and continued to work harder than ever until it was my time.
Anything on the radio
The Book Thief, The Red Tent, Lessons in French
Favourite TV Show?
Suits, First Dates, Grey's Anatomy
If you had one message to share with other women chasing their dreams what would you say?
Don't give up when things start to get tough. Having faith in yourself is about continuing to push forward even when things are tough, trusting in hindsight that your hard work will pay off in the end.