A devastating accident at 12 years old left me a quadriplegic and dependent on a wheelchair for the rest of my life. Becoming dependent on others for the most basic of tasks was soul destroying and the thing that hurt the most was being unable to play sports so I decided to withdraw from all sport, a decision that remained in place for 22 years until a change of heart.
I am now on the “Road to Rio” training for secured discus and 100m track racing with Gold medals in 2016 Paralympic Games firmly in my sights. The Aim for the Stars grant will assist with interstate competition and to access specialised coaching support.
When did you start?
I started late aged 34 in 2012.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
My highlight so far has been competing at the Australian Athletics Championships last year in just my first season of competition. This was especially satisfying as I had experienced disappointments in classification prior and I am proud of the way I handled these and stayed focused and committed.
What is your dream?
To win gold in 100m in Rio 2016 Paralympics and at World Championships in Doha in 2015.
Who or what have inspired you?
I am inspired by always looking for the positive in any situation, no matter how difficult it may be at times.
Who's your hero?
There isn’t one person who I would say is a hero. I am inspired and motivated by people who have faced challenges and adversity and then gone on to achieve great success in business, sport and life. I am also incredibly self-motivated. In everything I do I am always going out to better my best.
Any other special talents?
The talent I am most proud of is my ability to inspire, engage and motivate people through my speaking engagements and writing.
I am a 100% rock chick! Especially love hard rock and metal live gigs.
It would be difficult to choose one so will sneak a few in here: True Romance, Tombstone, Drop Dead Fred and Gran Torino
Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill changed my life.
Favourite TV Show?
I rarely watch TV any more other than when the cricket or The Voice is on. Older favourites were Prison Break and Enough Rope with Andrew Denton.
Seafood for sure. I could eat it 3 meals a day for the rest of my life and be happy.
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
This grant is a fantastic help towards getting the right equipment and access to specialised coaching which are needed to achieve the results I need to in the foreseeable future which are essential for achieving Gold in Rio.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
“Strength does not come from physical capability. It comes from an indomitable will” –Gandhi.