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What does your standard training week involve?
Where is your favourite place to train?
Thursday fight nights at Melbourne Taekwondo Centre, Malvern - I love how it's dark, misty and we all fire up and punch on - practising our tactics, pushing our skills and our mental focus!
What is your favourite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
Recovery Compression Tights are the ultimate bomb-diggidy! I use them during and post my weights, plyometrics and sprint sessions and I also wear them on the plane whenever I fly overseas. After studying a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and discovering the benefits of wearing compression gear in the 8 hours following exercise, there’s rarely a time I’m not wearing them!
What is your favourite training accessory?
Definitely would be my dental mouth guard. In a full contact sport where you can get kicked in the face at any moment - it’s best to protect your teeth!
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?
Losing the bronze medal match at the 2012 London Olympics was absolutely devastating. However, I learnt a great lesson regarding my peak mental state, how to maintain and increase it - and most of all to not be too nice during the match. You really have to make the most of your opportunities - especially referee decisions and there comes a time where you have to choose: either you’re going to take it or your opponent.
What’s the most common training mistake you see on the circuit? Any suggestions on how to avoid it?
A common mistake is focusing too far ahead on the win or focusing on what your opponent is doing. It’s always more effective to focus on your own strengths and game plan and take the match one point at a time. Also taking the time to train your mental/peak fighting state is very important and often neglected.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
Peak performance - chasing that childhood dream to be the best in the world and knowing what going home with nothing feels like.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
I always do my best to eat clean and healthy and most of all get the calories in. I can often get nervous the week leading up to competition and lose my appetite so I have to make sure whatever I am eating is super delicious so I actually eat it.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
It’s just as important to rest and rejuvenate for your emotional wellbeing - and for me that includes watching movies, going out for coffee and catching up with friends.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
Liquid or powder Zinc I find most beneficial in supporting immune function - especially when you are training hard and/or travelling overseas. It also helps heal dry skin on your lips.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
Best - visiting many parts of the incredible world we live in, working hard to achieve something special and the feeling of having a fit and healthy body!
Worst - constant stress and pressure of high performance in all areas of your life - which is impossible to maintain all the time but naturally you can’t help put those expectations on yourself!
In five years time, I'll be:
Still working hard toward my dreams - performing in some form or another, starting my own family and giving back to the local and global community to help others achieve their dreams and a better quality of life.