…’She believed she could – So she did’…
A bit about you, (what do you do outside of your training etc)?
I work in workers’ compensation, which is pretty challenging!
When I’m not working or training, I really enjoy spending time at the beach and relaxing.
How did you come to strongwoman? What drew you to it? How long?
I had competed in body building in 2014 and was struggling with the rebound of getting my body back to normal. My friend (and fellow Strongwoman) Jac Quarisa invited me to try SW at The Warehouse in March 2015. During my first session, Jake Watson was watching my yoke run and told me that I should compete 2 weeks later at the first Southern Strength Series. I was pretty excited to be considered capable of giving it a crack! It was also nice to focus on performance rather than appearance.
Do you do any other type of training/sports?
No other sports currently. I wouldn’t mind dabbling in bodybuilding again in the future though, as my body has definitely grown a lot. I’d be interested to see the changes when I lean down again.
What Gym do you train at/ what do you love about your gym?
I train at The Warehouse. If it wasn’t for The Warehouse, and the great environment to train in, I don’t know what I’d be doing right now! Jake Watson is a great coach, and he genuinely cares about everyone’s training. I don’t know how he remembers my 1rms and PBs, but he does! Some of the people I have met there are now considered to be some of my closest friends. We all support each other’s lifting, and we welcome newcomers, old, young, strong, not so strong. I love it there!
What is your favourite gym movement and/or strongwoman event & why?
Log lifting is my favourite!!!! I love the awkwardness of it. It’s not like anything else at the gym. My upper body is pretty strong so I enjoy seeing what I’m capable of.
Least favourite & why?
My deadlifts are my weakness and have taken a looooong time to get very little improvement! And sumo deadlifts arent allowed in SW – booooo! 😉
What are you training for next?
Arnold Classic Australia 2017 is next. I’ve made some pretty solid improvements over the last 12 months. I’m soooo excited to see what I’ve got!!!
What is your favourite strongwoman specific memory/ achievement/ PB?
Competing at last year’s Arnold Classic 2016. I was sick with the flu on the day, but still had an absolute ball. And even on my best day, Keya, Leigh and Alira were unstoppable!
How do you stay motivated?
I always have a goal to work towards. If there’s no comps on the horizon, I try and work towards certain numbers with lifts that need improving. Progress is a fascinating process for me.
What is your best piece of advice for beginners?
To enjoy the process and focus on your own numbers! I used to get really disheartened when I compared my numbers with other people’s. Your progress is your own, enjoy every PB and reflect on how far you’ve come 🙂
Strongman Achievements to date:
4th Arnold Classic Australia 2016
62.5kg log lift
80kg Atlas Stone