Who: Professional boxer and athlete , entrepreneur , role model for women and media personality.
Why we love her: For her positive spirit and will to overcome difficulties, for her discipline and strength and for the amazing example she sets for women in sport!
Miss Teen International
World Water Ski champion F2 Class
Australian Speed Water Ski Champion
Australiain Marathon Ski Champion
WBF Super Featherweight Boxing Champion
Australian Lightweight Boxing Champion
Current businesses/ projects/ jobs:
Eagle Fitness Gym Taren Point
5 favourite things:
Boxing and Training beautiful people
Water Skiing for fun
Holidays on Tropical Islands ( Hawaii and Fiji especially)
1: How has your life changed since you became a household name ?
It is very hard dealing with the day to day scrutiny that a public life brings. I have to be very conscious of how I look and where I go. There are people out there unfortunately that are always looking for a quick newsworthy photo or video that may be a little incriminating when taken out of context. I am very protective of my friends and family when it comes to this. Still that’s the life I have chosen and I try to be as accommodating as possible to my supporters out there.
2: Do you find it hard to juggle a high profile career and love life?
That’s an understatement. My past relationships have been put under immense stress due to the constant public scrutiny. So now whilst I am building my business and working on some exciting new projects I really don’t have the time or energy to devote to a relationship.
3: Who has been the biggest influences for you?
My dad definitely has been the biggest influence on me. Not a day goes by when I don’t draw on his pragmatic advice and the down to earth nature he instilled in me. People think I am nuts when they see me looking to the sky and yelling … Hey dad what the hell do I do now?? I still miss him every day.
4: How do you handle the social and media pressure and stay grounded?
Dad always taught me to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground no matter what success you achieve. I remember when I won my first Ski title I was very chuffed and felt important with all the attention I received. Dad had me up the next day at the crack of dawn training and reminding me that you are only as good as your next achievement … I was a bit grumpy but he was right. That’s why I keep driving myself now to reach my next personal goal … media or no media.
5: What is your biggest challenge to date and how do/did you combat it?
Apart from dealing with my dad’s death I would have to say when I had an accident in late 2014 and I nearly lost my right leg. Being so active my whole life the long rehabilitation and recovery road was both physically and mentally draining. It really put a lot of things in perspective for me. It took all my will power and mental toughness to get back to where I now run up to 5km a day.
6: Do you think it is harder for women to get ahead in the sporting industry compared to men?
I think times have changed in this regard. It is definitely harder but I think with the amazing success of women athletes in all sports all over the world people are now sitting up and taking notice. Look at Rhonda Rousey ..
7:What do you think women need more of today?
Encouragement. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it and are prepared to make the sacrifice and commitment.
8 The key to happiness is…
Balance and structure. Everyone needs a balanced life (lots of hard work but also time for fun and relaxing). Structure in the way you do things brings a sense of calming and contentment that lifts your spirits sky high and prepares you well for the day to day stress life can bring for all of us.
9. What would you say to anyone wanting to pursue their dreams ?
I would say there is no time like the present to get on that yellow brick road.
10: What would you say to anyone wanting to pursue their dreams?
I would say there is no time like the present to get on that yellow brick road!
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Originally posted 2016-06-11 00:25:46.