Girls who shred

Meet two teen ex­treme sports ath­letes

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WHAT’S AN AV­ER­AGE DAY LIKE FOR YOU?

I wake up at 6am and go to the gym. Af­ter that I head up to the hill to snow­board. Some days I have tram­polin­ing or school work af­ter that, but the days I don’t I just hang out with my friends.

WHEN DID YOU START SNOW­BOARD­ING?

I started when I was four years old, when Mum and Dad took me on a family snow trip.

WHEN DID YOU RE­ALISE THIS WAS SOME­THING YOU WANTED TO DO PRO­FES­SION­ALLY?

A cou­ple of years ago I found that I was al­ways want­ing to be on the snow, and I also just re­ally en­joyed competition days.

WHO IS YOUR PRO HERO?

I’ve al­ways loved To­rah Bright. She is such an in­spi­ra­tion and a nice per­son.

HOW DO YOU PRE­PARE FOR COM­PE­TI­TIONS?

I try to ride the same park as the competition is on for as many days as I can lead­ing in, to get re­ally com­fort­able with the rails and jumps that are in the comp. I try to only prac­tise the tricks I’m go­ing to throw in the competition.

WHAT’S THE COOLEST PART ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Trav­el­ling is def­i­nitely the coolest ex­pe­ri­ence you get when you snow­board pro­fes­sion­ally. I have been lucky to travel to, and ride at, some of the most beau­ti­ful places.

WHAT IS THE HARD­EST PART?

Train­ing in tough con­di­tions. Also, in­juries are tough to over­come be­cause you have to get all your tricks back af­ter hav­ing a long break.

WHAT’S YOUR PROUD­EST CA­REER MO­MENT SO FAR?

In my first competition against in­ter­na­tional professional rid­ers, I ended up in the top eight and I def­i­nitely wasn’t ex­pect­ing that. Also, the Bur­ton Aus­tralian Ju­nior Se­ries, when I won the slopestyle and half­pipe.

WHAT IS THE TOP GOAL YOU WOULD LIKE TO ACHIEVE?

I would like to be an Olympic gold medal­list in slopestyle.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN WHEN YOU’RE NOT COM­PET­ING OR TRAIN­ING?

I wake­board, but when I’m not do­ing board sports I’m play­ing other sports such as soc­cer and oz­tag.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO GF READ­ERS WHO AS­PIRE TO HAVE A CA­REER LIKE YOURS?

Never give up and have as much fun as pos­si­ble on the way!

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