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    Age: 26

    Where were you born?
Ipswich, Australia

    Describe yourself in three words:
Sociable, Reliable, Determined

    Which social media platform do you go to first?
t's between Instagram and Twitter usually based upon what's been going on in the world, but usually, I'd say Instagram.

    When did you first know you wanted to work in sport?
During high school. Originally, I wanted to be a physiotherapist, but I changed my mind so I could be more hands on with coaching and development.
I chose to study Exercise & Sports Science at university and was a Strength & Conditioning coach for 3 years. It was during this experience that my passion shifted from helping athletes individually to addressing sport participation and development at a societal level.
What’s your dream job?
rowing and developing grassroots sport(s) at a national governing body or international federation level. I'd love to be involved in the strategy, marketing and execution of sports participation programs for kids and adolescents. Sport is a great tool to solve many societal problems – we just need to unlock the answer as to how everyone can play the sport of their choosing where they live.  


What’s your greatest fear?
Not achieving in life what I know I am capable of.
You've got the power to make one change to the Olympics, what would it be?
Greater use of the Olympic facilities by the public - Paris 2024 will organise a marathon for the general public on the same course after the athletes have competed. Mass participation initiatives such as this should be encouraged greater, potentially being mandatory to host the Olympics, especially for the disciplines such as the marathon, triathlon, and open water swim.


What mistakes do sports make when they target people like you? 
I think that there can be a presumption that everyone who works/wants to work in the sports industry chose to because they didn't make it as an athlete, especially in the case of coaches. People wanting to get into the industry, like myself, don't fall into this category at all - we just want to develop sport so it's in a healthier position for the next generation.