- Category: Surf Life Saving
How did you become involved in your sport?
My dad has been involved in Surf Life Saving forever and was a very good board paddler. He got me into the ocean from a very young age and I have loved it ever since.
Who is your sporting hero?
Shannon Eckstein- I think he has done so much for the sport. Training with him, it is very rare for him to have an average session or race.
Age you started in your sport?
I started when I was 7 down at Grange Surf Life Saving Club
Height, weight, age?
190cm 85kg 22yr
I am studying commerce out at Griffith University on the Gold Coast
What motivates you to continue in your sport?
Getting better and achieving goals. I love the beach too, it is such a great lifestyle.
What motivated you to start your sport?
Learning new skills and competing.
What is your current business/job?
I work at the Surf Club in the mornings for breakfast
Who do you race for?
I race for BMD Northcliffe Surf Club
People that have inspired you both in sport and life?
My mum and dad. Every sportsperson to achieve something unthinkable.
Great experiences that have happened in your life?
Moving up to the Gold Coast.
Training with the best in the sport.
Your interests and hobbies?
One tip or quote that continues to inspire you?
Did you have plans to become more than you are
Family Background(where did you grow up) and Current Family
I grew up in Adelaide. My mum and dad were both originally from there and we moved up to the Gold Coast in 2004 for a lifestyle change. Loved it ever since.
What is your happiest memory?
Making my first KNG Series in 09.
Coming 2nd in 2010 Coolangatta Gold
Who did you idolize growing up?
Were you always one of the better athletes growing up?
No way. I remember not even making the u/17 ironman final my first year up on the gold coast at state titles. It was a huge wake up call being a big fish in a small pond to being a small fish in a big pond.
What is one thing you would share with the children wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Keep on training hard. If you keep dreaming one day you will succeed.
How has being involved/playing your sport changed your life?
I am always fairly fit and healthy. It has given me opportunities to travel and see new places.
Who has been your biggest supporter?
My mum. She loves watching me race and always tapes when I'm on TV.
Who has been your best coach?
My dad. He is full of good tips and very good with board technique.
Denis Cottrel is also a great coach and knows a lot about swimming.
At an early age I played a bit of AFL. I played one season in Adelaide and one up here in Queensland. Both teams I played for won the Grand Final. I also love playing a bit of water polo.
Favourite Foods/Diet you follow
I eat really anything. Pizza and Pasta would have to be my favourites though.
Your typical training split and favourite thing to train?
I like ski training and board training. Catching waves on the board is my favourite session
Worst injury you have suffered?
I have been very lucky. No real injuries.
What is the ultimate prize in your sport?
Winning Australian Championships
Winning Coolangatta Gold
Winning the KNG Series
What do you find to be the toughest aspect of your sport?
Swimming. I don't enjoy it but I have to get to the pool at least 4 times a week to get better.
Your future goals in your sports, and goals when you finish your sport?
Top 10 in Series
Top 3 in Coolangatta Gold
How do you deal with temptation?
I am fairly focused and try to tell myself that it is worth not falling for temptation.
What is your favourite movie?
Green Street Hooligans
What is your favourite music/band/song?
A lot of different stuff. I listen to anything.
What is your biggest fear?
I'm not sure. Maybe public speaking.
Do you believe "never giving up" is the difference between making it and not making it in any sport?
Yes, however you have to be smart about it as well. Know when you are at your limit.
Have you ever failed at anything? If yes how did you overcome this?
I failed last season by not making the KNG Series. I overcome this by finding other races to do and come back this season stronger and better.
What inspired you to succeed?
Seeing other people succeed. That is very motivating.
What one lesson did you take from your parents?
What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
I wanted to make the KNG Series.
What is your worst fear?
I'm not sure. Maybe public speaking.
If you could have dinner with 5 people who would they be?
What is one item you cannot live without?
People you would like to thank?
Surf Life Physio
Dolphin Surf Craft
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