How did it feel to win Round 1?
It was super
exciting to take out round 1, it was a dream come true. Ever since being in
nippers I had always wanted to be in the Nutri-Grain Series, so to win a race
What were your expectations leading into
I had no
expectations leading into the race to be honest, with studying for my HSC and
doing my exams in the weeks leading up to the race my training hadn't been as
regimented as usual. I had no idea how I'd go because I hadn't yet raced this
season, so I was just hoping to make the final.
What went right?
In the race,
because there was a surf I knew that the race wouldn't be over until you
crossed that line at the end. Even though I didn't have an ideal start in the
opening leg, I didn't give up and tried to keep working my way through the
field the whole time. I tried to use the surf to my advantage and follow the
plan my coach and I discussed before the race.
What has your training schedule been like with year 12?
I have tried to
maintain and be consistent in my training schedule throughout Year 12, although
at times it can be difficult to balance especially around exam times. I have
tried to be consistent in swimming most mornings before school, and then
training at the beach each afternoon. I used training as my study breaks.
How have you been able to balance Year 12 and Iron training? What advice would you give to others who are in school?
It has been quite
difficult to balance school and a heavy training load at some stages, but to be
able to balance both as best as I could I had to make the most of my time. When
I was at school I would make the most of every minute I was there, trying to
get a head start on homework to minimise the amount of work I would have to do
in the afternoon. That way I would be able to go training in the afternoon and
still keep on top of my studies. I also would try to maximise my time outside
of school, whether that meant doing some schoolwork in the car on the way home
from school or doing blocks of work around training to ensure I kept on top of
my work. My advice to others who are in school would be to make the most of
your time, and keep a good balance. There is no point training so much that
when you're at school you can barely concentrate, because you will run yourself
down and end up sick. Also, ensure you still get enough sleep to allow yourself
to physically and mentally recover properly.
Plans for when you finish school?
My plans at the moment are just to have a bit of downtime, and concentrate on my training a bit more. Having studied a lot over the past years, I'm looking forward to reading a book for leisure not because I have to study it and not having to write any more study notes for a while! I’m planning on doing some part time work as well before I start Uni next year.