As a child, I had always been involved in some form of physical activity – various competitive sports (tennis, gymnastics, running, netball and more) as well as recreational activities. Sport and exercise had always been my life, until….
Apart from having my son, my biggest life-changing event occurred at the end of the first term in year 12 when I was very suddenly diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. At the time I was playing A-grade junior tennis and training hard for school cross country. Being a glass half full type of person, I remained positive throughout my numerous visits and long stays in hospital (I was in and out for 18months, even throughout Christmas and the New Year) and determined to get through it and get back to playing tennis and running.
After months of chemotherapy and finally getting into remission, I relapsed shortly afterwards and was in a worse situation than when I was first diagnosed. I then needed a Bone Marrow Transplant from my Dad for any chance of survival. He was not fully compatible, however, this was my best chance (about a 20% chance). Somehow, I was one of the lucky ones and hence have a great appreciation for life and try to make the most of every day. I find often, it’s the little things that make me smile!
The following year I commenced a Physical Education degree and soon started working at a large fitness centre in Wantirna where I worked for the next 12 years. I absolutely loved it and have been working in gyms (and/or tennis coaching) ever since. I even co-owned and operated my own CrossFit business for the last 5 years before commencing at Active Monash earlier this year. Helping others lead a fit and healthy lifestyle is my passion, it’s so rewarding and it’s what I see myself doing for many years to come.
Now, you probably haven’t heard about the World and Australian Transplant Games? The games are for anyone who’s had an organ or tissue transplant and while we all love to win, the main aim is to promote organ and tissue donation, mainly in the country, state or town where the games are being held. Since my transplant, I’ve been to almost 20 Transplant Games (all around Australia and the World), competing mostly in tennis and athletics, although I have been known to do swimming, triathlon, table tennis, badminton and even darts!
If I could go back and change anything, I wouldn’t. The transplant was truly a horrible time but it has lead to so many opportunities. I’ve met so many incredible and inspiring people with a similar outlook on life and I’ve been able to travel with many of them to see some amazing places - my favourite being the Eiffel Tower in Paris!
In regards to training myself these days, I love participating in Body Pump classes, training in the gym (my favourite movement is the Deadlift) and I’m currently setting up my garage with a boxing bag and some functional training equipment.
For training others, come and join me in the new Results program – I take:
- Battlefit Thursdays 12.30 PM
- Suspension Mondays 6.05 AM
I’m also available for one-on-one PT sessions and I’d love to help you achieve your goals! Whether you want to increase your health & fitness, your strength or you’re just training for life.
Have an awesome day and may your glass be half full too!