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Annmaree

My involvement with sport started with soccer when I was about five. Since then, I have played Rippa Rugby, and participated in gymnastics, athletics, netball and tennis. Currently, I play netball, volleyball and basketball - all competitively.

From a very young age I have been surrounded by all types of physical activity, not just sport. We often go on hikes and bike rides as a family and that definitely works up a sweat.

Believe it or not, but I love training for my sports. I really enjoy doing things you knew your body couldn’t have done a week ago. That is the most rewarding feeling for me. I choose to be active because I enjoy learning new things and the feeling of improvement.

But nothing beats the friends and memories you make while away on tournaments or sport related trips. For me, sport and physical activity has offered me opportunities to make friends for life and memories I will never forget. 

Being fully involved in three sports means a lot of training and games to attend. This is extremely difficult when you are also finishing school and have a job. This year I learned a lot about time management and what it takes to play three sports competitively – it’s not always easy, but if you’re committed it is possible to juggle so that you can do it all. Personally, I take it day by day and try not to get too stressed about it. Because I love what I’m doing so much I don’t mind it taking up my day.

I love being active - the rush and adrenaline of those two extra laps or discovering amazing views while hiking. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something and even the little things make a big difference. I couldn’t imagine my life without physical activity .

I plan to continue pursuing sport. I’m not fussy on what level I play at, whether it’s at a social level, I just want to stay involved.

My advice to other young women would be to give things a go! Being active, whether this is sport, physical activity or recreation, opens up so many opportunities you never thought possible and gives you the chance to meet great people. Getting moving is a lot of fun, and if you find the right group of people and right activities, you won’t look back!

  • Carly

    Carly

    "Going to the gym and being physically active makes me feel alive and motivated"

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  • Aynslee

    Aynslee

    "The rush you get from being active, and achieving your physical goals, is unmeasurable"

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  • Catarina

    Catarina

    "I love the feeling when you're all sweaty, tired and out of breath because you know you've tried your best and pushed yourself as far as you could"
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  • Courtney

    Courtney

    "I like getting fit, competing and winning medals. I like to have big strong muscles"
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  • Jo

    Jo

    "I enjoy the social aspect of being physically active, when it’s not too serious and it’s just about learning new skills or getting out of the house and having fun"

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  • Trinity

    Trinity

    “I don't like sitting around and being bored. I love participating in team sport and putting goals in place to achieve.”

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  • Sirtori

    Sirtori

    “Never give up, keep pushing even when times are hard, and love yourself. Find your passion and grow because your only competition is yourself”

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  • Colleen

    Colleen

    “Being active is important to me. I want to live a healthy life and movement is a big part of that”

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  • Annmaree

    Annmaree

    "For me, sport and physical activity has offered me opportunities to make friends for life and memories I will never forget"

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  • Jess

    Jess

    "I’m now convinced that I am not in competition with anyone and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks anyway. I know I’m never going to win races but as long as I am trying my best to be a better me than I was yesterday then I am winning at life"

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  • Dawn

    Dawn

    "Not being the one sitting on the sidelines watching and being able to role model how to stay healthy and fit to my children so that they grow up believing being active is a part of everyday life and sharing all these wonderful adventures with them, it makes my heart sing"

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  • Linda

    Linda

    “Quite often when you can’t be bothered or you’re feeling sluggish and tired you can surprise yourself on how well you’ll do. Just get out the door, breathe in some fresh air and take some time for YOU, because you deserve to be HAPPY and HEALTHY!”

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  • Tracey

    Tracey

    “Start out with small steps and milestones like walking around the block without stopping, going to that first group fitness class or jumping in the water for the first time in 10 years or so”

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  • Rae

    Rae

    “I feel a lot happier when I'm active. A run or a swim will always clear my head”

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  • Pele

    Pele

    “You have got to have a positive attitude and just get out there. Keep moving, stay focused, because life is way too short to waste your time not doing what you love to do. Just do it”

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  • Marie

    Marie

    “By valuing ME more, I started to recognise myself and all of my qualities. Now I’m proud of who I am”

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Our goal is to create a community of women and girls who share their stories and offer advice to support and inspire one another to get active. If you would like to share your physical activity journey, please contact us at info@thisisme.org.nz