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!
"Going to the gym and being physically active makes me feel alive and motivated"
"The rush you get from being active, and achieving your physical goals, is unmeasurable"
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"Read Story
Courtney"I like getting fit, competing and winning medals. I like to have big strong muscles"Read Story
"So often as a mum you are doing things for other people, so being physically active makes me feel good in that I’m doing something positive for myself"
"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"
“I don't like sitting around and being bored. I love participating in team sport and putting goals in place to achieve.”
“Never give up, keep pushing even when times are hard, and love yourself. Find your passion and grow because your only competition is yourself”
“Being active is important to me. I want to live a healthy life and movement is a big part of that”
"For me, sport and physical activity has offered me opportunities to make friends for life and memories I will never forget"
"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"
"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"
“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!”
“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”
“I feel a lot happier when I'm active. A run or a swim will always clear my head”
“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”
“By valuing ME more, I started to recognise myself and all of my qualities. Now I’m proud of who I am”
“I find I am generally a better human being and can give more when I keep active”
“Being active amazes me at what my body can achieve, after all I have put it through. It amazes me how it can heal”
"Find something that you enjoy doing and make the time to do it. You’re not being selfish; you’re looking after yourself. The best time to start is today"
“Running and working out are my antidote to the everyday stresses of life. When I’m not active I find it harder to switch off and view things in perspective. Sweating through activity means I don’t sweat the small things in life”
“Being active makes me feel like I’m using my body for good. It makes me feel powerful, positive, sweaty, glorious, achy in a good way, and hopeful for the future”
“Running is an outlet for me and I feel as though I am in control when it’s just me and my running shoes”
“I was proud that I was determined enough to start from scratch and have had lots of fun playing in local competitions”
"I didn’t want to be the parent that only ever watched my kids run around and kick a ball – I wanted to be a part of what they were doing"
“Happy is a very well-known word but yet can be described in many ways. To me happy means doing the things you love while not being forced to do them. Sport and keeping physically active are my happy place”
“Overall regular physical activity makes me more positive and happier”
“I feel alive and ready for anything”
“Active, healthy lifestyles aren’t defined by how often you run or go to the gym. Exercise can look like what you want it to be and what fits into your life”