Girls who shred
Meet two teen extreme sports athletes
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!