You don’t wake up one day and become a Beach Sprint World Champion.

For me, I’ve been at this since I was 6 years old.

It all started when my parents signed me up to ‘Nippers’ at Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club, to help raise surf awareness and become more comfortable in the ocean and at the beach.

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I grew up as a young nipper in Cronulla. My parents put me into many different sports…Little Athletics, Netball, Dancing, ​Gymnastics, Oz-tag and Soccer – There weren’t too many sports that I didn’t play.

When I was 13 years old, I won my first ever Australian Beach Sprint Title in the Under 15s, which made me the youngest person in Surf Life Savings history to win an Australian Title on the beach.

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In the next 3 years I won 3 more Australian Beach Sprint Age Titles and an Australian Flags Age Title, along with a silver and Bronze in the Open Beach Sprint.

In 2012 I was so excited when I was selected into the Australian Youth Team at the age of 17, which resulted in my best results ever, coming away with 6 World championship Gold medals.

From that moment, I knew that I had a love for this sport and I wanted to become the best athlete I could be, and thats when I decided to take a more professional road in Surf Life Saving.

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After I graduated school at 17, I made the move up to the Gold Coast to Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club to train under Ryan Hoffman. Over the next few years, I was training along side the two best beach athletes the sport has ever seen, Melissa Howard and Simon Harris.

In the first few years I battled sickness and injuries that changed everything. My results weren’t great, but I never lost my motivation and kept working hard to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming a World Champion.

I put in hours of track, beach and gym sessions to build back my strength and speed to where it once was as a young athlete. These years were not easy, but I didn’t want to give up.

These were the years that taught me some of my biggest life lessons. I was so lucky to have an amazing group of people who surrounded me at Kurrawa, who have now become like family to me.

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In 2015, I saw my first major result in a while. It was my first year in Open Women’s at the Australian Titles, and I sprinted my way into the Bronze Medal. I remembered this feeling so clearly.

Even though it wasn’t a Gold Medal, it sure felt like one. I honestly started tearing up on the line. That simple feeling of all my hard work and persistence paying off, and knowing that I’m still in this, was truly amazing.

As the next year followed, I worked harder and kept creeping closer and closer to my ultimate goal, to become the World Champion.

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In 2016, I travelled over to the Netherlands for the RESCUE 16 World Titles. The atmosphere of this event was incredible. Meeting and racing athletes from all over world was such an amazing experience.

In the lead up to this event, I gave 110% and made sure my preparation was the best it could be. As the racing commenced, I soon found myself in the World Beach Sprint final.

I was lining up next to the Worlds best Beach sprinters and knew I had to give this race everything I had. The endless hours of training, for this one 13 second sprint.

I don’t remember what I was thinking over those 13 seconds, but all I know is that I gave it my best. As I crossed the line, I had no idea what had just happened.

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The number one decal was given to me and I experienced a feeling like never before. I was the Open Women’s Beach Sprint World Champion.

Looking back on how hard I had worked over the many years, all the ups and downs and on all the things I had sacrificed for this very moment, was truly rewarding.

In just 2 weeks time, the nerves will kick in as I put my foot back on the line to race for that World Title again.