Updated: Oct 24, 2019
Sport/Discipline: Track and Field – Middle Distance
Where did you grow up and how did you get into running?
I grew up in Te Aroha. I have been running for as long as I can remember. Originally my parents tried to use it as a way for me to burn energy, as I was a VERY hyper active child. However, it did the opposite and I just got fitter and fitter. The love and passion of it grew from there. I started off winning races in primary school and I became more competitive, entering more and bigger races as I got older. My family has a big background in sports too, so it's always just been a way of life.
What do you find the most exciting about running?
I find racing the most exciting part about running, as it’s the ultimate test to see how far you can push your body. For me I've always found running to be the best way to test your physical and mental limits and the runners high is most definitely a thing! I love racing middle distance too because it does require so much mental toughness and it brings such a nice blend of anaerobic and aerobic capacity.
What do you find most challenging about running?
Staying mentally focused and finding balance. Running is hard, there's no doubt about it. It's hard to find the balance between over training and under training, but it's even harder to train the mind. Physically, your body only goes as far as the mind lets it. You have to play mind games all the time to convince yourself ‘one more rep, one more mile, push harder’ or sometimes to even get out there and do it no matter what the elements are. Being mentally tough can be the most challenging part. It's an ‘individual’ sport and that alone can be challenging because you are accountable for everything (good and bad), it can be a lonely road. There are a lot of specific workouts that I find very challenging but they are usually my favourite because I love the feeling of knowing you worked hard.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievements have been representing New Zealand at various different competitions. But qualifying and competing at NCAA west primaries and becoming All- Regional while I was on a track/field scholarship to the USA has to top the cake.
Where are you currently planning to head with running? How are you doing this?
I’d like to go pro and compete at the Commonwealth games and ultimately the Olympics. I’m trying to achieve this by surrounding myself with a good support system and working hard every day. There’s always something to work on and there are always people to help you.
What is one thing about running that people wouldn’t know?
Running can actually be fun!! It’s hard when your unfit but if you give it a chance and get past that it feels amazing. Its good for the mind and body!
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
Nick Willis. He’s been in the sport for so long and has so much knowledge for up and coming athletes. He gives back to the sport and really supports other athletes. He inspires me because through adversity he has always come back stronger. He is a great ambassador for the sport and I'm amazed at how he has been able to stay in the sport so long and keep preforming at such a high level.
Welcome to the Team Kerry!