On the grass at Kensington Park in Whangarei and sporting a cute bob haircut, I was three years old when I first picked up a hockey stick, and I haven’t put it down since! (Although I highly considered it multiple times…but that’s a story for another day!)
I’d like to think that hockey is just one of the things that has shaped my life, along with my career and amazing support network. It’s been a roller coaster of a journey from a lanky, gumpy 15 year old whose nick name was ‘baby giraffe’ to having the honour of wearing the black singlet for New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and playing over 170 games for my country. I spend my spare time eating, paddle boarding, beach-ing, yoga-ing, watching home and away and spending time with friends and family.
In 2013, I graduated as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Communications, and since returning from Rio, I have become an Olympic Ambassador. Through visiting over 80 schools, I have found my passion for helping young girls who are in the same boat as me when I was at high school, to support them through such a transformational time and help them find a sense of balance. I've immersed myself in self development courses, books and podcasts, completing "The Female Leader" course run by Altris in 2016, and the "Conscious Boss Bootcamp" in 2017. I'm really excited for this next chapter while I continue to build towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
This foundation is dear to my heart. One of my closest friends, Caitlin Hawthorn, passed away from NET cancer three years ago. She is the strongest person I know, and fought this nasty and aggressive cancer for two years.
Quick facts about Neuroendocrine Cancer:
One kiwi is diagnosed every day
Number of patients are higher than brain, ovarian or cervical cancers
Vital treatment is not funded or available, costing patients up to $50,000 each
Being an ambassador for this foundation, I aim to help educate and advocate how asthma and respiratory diseases affect a large number of kiwis.
1 in 6 kiwis have a respiratory disease
It is the 3rd most common cause of death in New Zealand
It costs the country 5.5 Billion each year
1 in 6 children in NZ have asthma