Further Personal Information
||Husband Jony, daughter India
||Sydney, NSW, AUS
||Exercise and Health Science - University of Wollongong: Australia
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She took up athletics at age six.
|Why this sport?
||Her mother and uncle were interested in running so she followed them into the sport.
|Club / Team
||Sutherland Athletics Club: Australia
|Name of coach
||Nic Bideau [personal], AUS, from 2002
||She ran 130km per week in training ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
||Elzy (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (couriermail.com.au, 03 Dec 2015)
|Hero / Idol
||Irish distance runner Sonia O'Sullivan, Australian distance runners Benita Willis, Haley McGregor and Craig Mottram. (femail.com.au, 07 Aug 2007)
||She has had problems with stress fractures during her career. She sustained 10 in her teenage years, and similar injuries forced her to miss the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. (couriermail.com.au, 03 Dec 2015; rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||She must have her shoelaces tucked in for races. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)
||Her mother Cheryl competed in athletics [distance running] at national level in Australia. (Athletics Australia, 19 Feb 2006)
||To compete in the marathon at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 27 May 2016)
In 2010 she co-founded the Love Mercy Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation to support agricultural projects for women in Uganda whose lives have been affected by civil war. She was inspired after meeting Ugandan middle distance runner Julius Achon in Portland, OR, United States of America, as she tried to recover from injury in time for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Achon's story of escaping life as a child soldier in Uganda to becoming an Olympic athlete, and his charity work in his homeland convinced her to start her own foundation. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 27 May 2016; couriermail.com.au, 03 Dec 2015; rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)