Further Personal Information
||Humanities;Medicine;Science - University of Sydney: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||Started wrestling in 1994 at the Simon Fraser University [SFU] in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. “I was going to university in Canada when an international wrestling tour visited and I went to watch a friend who was participating,” she said. “They were looking to start up a women's team and watching it just fascinated me, so I decided to have a go myself. It progressed from there.”
|Why this sport?
||It's a weight class sport so being small isn't a disadvantage since we compete against people the same size. I loved the physicality of wrestling. It's a sport that requires total physical fitness and total mental focus, and I liked that intensity.
|Club / Team
||Sydney University Wrestling Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
|Name of coach
||Leonid Zaslavsky, Sam Feigelsen
||Weights/strength training 3x per week, Cardio/circuit training 3x per week, On-the-mat technique or sparring 5x per week.
||East Asian Games
||Rock climbing, hiking, reading, cooking. (Athlete, 19 June 2008
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning the Australian Nationals and going to the World Championships for the first time. Winning the 2008 Oceania Championships and qualifying for the Beijing Olympic Games. Winning the 2008 Sassari International Tournament in Italy. (Athlete, 19 June 2008)
|Most influential person in career
||Her parents. Coaches Mike Jones, Leonid Zaslavsky, Sam Feigelsen. (Athlete, 19 June 2008)
|Hero / Idol
||Martina Navratilova. (NOC, 13 June 2008)
||Right ankle sprain with rupture of lateral ligaments. (Athlete, 19 June 2008)
She moved to Australia in 1996 and worked as a volunteer at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. (zwire.com, 06 March 2008)
FROM CANADA TO AUSTRALIA
She was born and raised in Powell River, Canada and spent a year in Australia with her family as a seven-year-old. She graduated from high school and went to SFU in Burnaby in 1994. After two years of study at SFU and her discovery of wrestling, she moved to Australia in 1996. She received her pass bachelor degrees at the Australian National University in Canberra in 1998-9, and moved to Sydney in 2000 where she enrolled at The University of Sydney and subsequently completed honours in English Literature and then Biochemistry, and an MBBS [Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery] with honours. (Athlete, 19 June 2008)