Why did I want to become a physio?
When I was young I was always visiting the physiotherapist for different sporting injuries and I found it fascinating the way the physiotherapists were able to diagnose, treat and return me back to sport within such a short time frame. From then on I was interested to learn how to treat injuries and learn how to prevent them; the word I use to describe injury prevention is ‘Prehab’. As I learnt more about injury prevention I was then able to spend more time on the track and less time in the physiotherapist’s clinic. Reflecting back I am very appreciative of the education I received from my physiotherapists over the years as they helped shape me into the physiotherapist I am today.
I enjoy being able to help people, seeing them improve, becoming stronger and returning to pain free activities and returning to their normal abilities. Another great aspect about being a physiotherapist is you meet lots of different and interesting people with everyday being different and you are always challenged. I also enjoy how many different areas there are in physiotherapy; for example you can have the opportunity to travel with an elite sports team or instruct a Clinical Pilates class the next week. I love how there is so much variety and opportunity.
Favourite Sporting Teams:
I am a big Wallabies supporter thanks to my dad who got me involved in watching rugby union as a child and since then I have been lucky enough to watch Australia play live in the 2011 Rugby World cup as well as a Bledisloe Cup match.
Best Sporting Achievement
I have two memorable sporting achievements; the first was when I was 10 years old competing in my first state team for athletics and running last leg in the final of the 4x100m relay team and winning my first ever national medal, silver.
The second sporting achievement would be making the Bay Sheffield women’s 120m final and being runner up. For 10 years I had been trying to qualify for the final and in 2014 it all finally came together. Just making the final was such a surreal feeling and then standing at the finish line before the race singing the National Anthem with a few thousand people and my competitors as well as my friends at Colley Reserve in Glenelg was a very humbling and memorable moment.
I love my spikey balls, foam roller and numerous other trigger point tools. I think currently I have about 15 different shapes, sizes of trigger point tools that I use throughout my recovery and regular maintenance. They are a great tools to reduce knots in the muscle and reduce muscle soreness.
Our greatest glory consists not in never falling but in rising every time we fall - American Proverb.
Favourite TV Shows: Friends, One Tree Hill, Suits
Favourite Movie: The Sound of Music