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. However, Athletics has always been the one I was 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. This year 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.
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 have 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.