I’ve enjoyed sport and fitness for as long as I can remember, but in recent years it has become a passion and a way of life. As the youngest, by 7 years, in a family of four siblings I have always strived to push myself, particularly in sport and have always had a burning competitive edge and love to set challenges, then achieve them.Looking back, I was never the best athlete in my schooling days, but I was eager to give everything a go. I wanted to be good at whatever sport I could take part in: basketball, soccer, hockey, netball, swimming, running, dancing, Oztag. You name it; I gave anything I could a shot. Beyond my school days, my exposure to general fitness started in a gym environment much like anyone else. I had your typical gym program written up which covered use of treadmills, stationary bikes and hydraulic weight machines. I would stick to the set workout times, rep ranges and intensity prescribed and it wasn’t long before I started to notice changes in my body; I was getting stronger, leaner, more attentive and just felt better! I completed my Certificate III and IV in fitness in 2007 and 2008 after realising that I wanted to share what I was experiencing with others. I was more passionate than ever before about motivating others to lead a healthy lifestyle and was determined to pursue my love for fitness professionally. Having no running background I eased myself into the running scene before I upped the anti in 2011 and competed in a half marathon. Since then I have raced in the Gold Coast Marathon, the North Face 100km and the Oxfam Trailwalker as well. In 2012, I went on to compete in half ironman, Olympic and sprint distance triathlon and in 2013 was selected to take part in the World Age group championships in London. Since 2012, I have been actively engaged in Obstacle Course Racing. I have raced in a multitude of OCR events, including Spartan race, True Grit, Tough Mudder and Tough Bloke. One of the highlights of these races was podium finishes in Spartan Race including the 42km Spartan Ultra Beast Sydney in late 2013. The marathon distance obstacle course race in the Australian summer heat was both a challenging and very rewarding event. Thanks to several OCR podium finishes in 2012 and 2013 I managed to secure a place in Australia’s first OCR team, the Southern Cross Spartans (SCS). As part of the SCS team we travelled to the Spartan World Championships in Vermont, USA in September 2013 where fellow teammate, and Search4Hurt series 1 star, Matt Murphy took 2nd place. For the past few years I’ve been using strength and conditioning programs like CrossFit for the bulk of my training. I am a coach and personal trainer and am keen to introduce other women to the benefits of strength and weights training. Having recently returned to study to further develop my knowledge of general health and wellbeing, I am currently completing a Bachelor of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney. All this while being one of the new stars of Search4hurt series 2 of course!