Name: Nicole Parks
Pursuit: Mogul Skiing
My dream has always been to represent Australia in the Olympic Games for Mogul Skiing. For the last 14 years i have been working my hardest to achieve that goal. This last international season i qualified for the Olympic Games. My ultimate goal is to put down the best run I To put down the best run i can and place in the top 10 at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, for Mogul Skiing can and place in the top 10 at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, for Mogul Skiing. Overcoming crippling disease and injury, I am determined to achieve. The Aim f or the Stars grant will take off a considerable amount of pressure in terms of my international travel expenses related to my competition.
When did you start?
I started skiing at age 2, and started mogul skiing at age 7.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My Career highlight would definitely be qualifying to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia. 2014 has been my most successful year, with two 11th places in the world cup circuit.
What is your dream?
My dream has always been to be able to represent my country at the Winter Olympics, and get a top 5 result.
Who or what have inspired you?
A lot of people and a lot of things inspired me to start, continue and push the boundaries in my sport. Firstly my parents are a big inspiration, they stick by me and believe in me every single day, which inspires me to continue and do better within my sport. My coaches and team mates are big inspirations, by doing the same thing and constantly pushing each other to achieve better results. Seeing people do amazing things inspire me the most, watching Pink perform live, seeing Sally Pearson and Mathew Mitcham take home gold, watching my friends play football and netball. All of those things inspire me everyday to keep on trying my hardest.
Who's your hero?
My hero is Manuela Berchtold. She competed at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games for Mogul skiing. She’s a very inspirational person, and has been my mentor ever since I can remember.
Any other special talents?
Other special talents.. I can play some tunes on the guitar, Water ski, Wakeboard, and trampolining.
I have a lot of favourite music right now. I enjoy listening to Pink, Mumford and sons, Katy Perry, Good Charlotte, Bruno Mars, Cold Play, Janis Joplin, and Queen.
Favourite movie would have to be all of the Harry Potter movies particularly the 6th one. I also enjoy watching any movie with Ryan gosling in it.
Like the movies, my favourite books are also Harry Potter. I prefer the books over the movies.
Favourite TV Show?
Mangoes, Nutella Crepes, frozen yoghurt, and vegemite on toast.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
My sport requires a lot of overseas travels. The winter season in Australia is a very short one which means I go overseas a lot to train and compete. Being overseas for more than 3 months at a time can be very costly, so I will use this grant to help with travels.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light – Albus Dumbledore Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you, is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back.. Play for her. - Mia Hamm.