I was born in London in the 70’s. I thought I had a normal family life until illness and loss ravaged it.
My brother’s death by suicide when I was 17 shattered me. The legacy of his death reverberated through my life like the after shocks of an earthquake.
There were tremors before that, my mother’s death when I was 13 and my father’s battle with severe mental illness. Nothing however, was more profoundly devastating than my brother taking his own life. The next three decades saw me learning how to live again.
I felt helpless, rejected, abandoned and ashamed. I struggled, I ran and I shrank. Eventually I grew.
I’ve been a surf lifesaver since 2003 and I am a competitive surf boat rower.
My career as an athlete has been something like a vintage bottle of red - better with age.
In 2018 I earned my first Australian National Representative cap in the open womens division, eight years after winning my first masters title!
I finished my athletic career in 2019 winning a silver medal at the Australian Surf lifesaving Championships in the open female division for surf boats.
I’m an adventurer at heart.
I love to travel and am happiest when outdoors close to nature. I’m a health freak with a passion for cheesecake and red wine.
The simple things in life make me smile.