Sport is something that has always been a big part of my life, getting involved in almost anything and everything I could as a youngster. Athletics however has been the one I’ve been most passionate about and has stuck with me ever since getting involved from the young age of five.

Growing up I’ve made many sacrifices in order to put my best foot forward in the sport. In 2016 I made the move from the small country of Stratford in Taranaki to the big city of Auckland. This was a big change moving away from home to fend for myself but one that I have never looked back on. I have been presented many opportunities since making the move, where I now work alongside my coach James Mortimer and sprint team.

Typical of any young kiwi aspiring to excel in their sport, my goals and dreams have always been to one day represent New Zealand on the world stage at the Olympics and the World Championships. Last year was a year that saw me reach half of that feat where I raced at the 2019 Doha World Championships in my two individual events – the 100m and 200m. With adjustments in plans due to circumstances for 2020 I have been and will be based in New Zealand for an entire offseason as I aim towards the postposed Tokyo Olympics.

Juggling training, competition travel, work, and studies is challenging and one that I’m constantly having to review and adjust with time. Thankfully the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation has stepped in this year to help me when I’ve needed it most, enabling me to continue striving for the goals and dreams I have in my sport.

A huge thank you must be extended to the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation for the help they have given.

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