Annie Barefooter Story

Annie’s Barefooter Story

Annie is as sunny and positive as she is calm and quiet. She’s a delightful presence to have in the clinic and you can’t help but feel better after spending time with her. Annie is passionate about many things and her values are seeped into every aspect of her florist business which we love. Therefore, Caitlin recently sent through some questions to Annie so you can all get to know this superstar Barefooter a bit better.

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I truly love spending time in nature, visiting gardens and just being around plants and flowers; it really nourishes me as a person. Most of my summers growing up were spent very happily harvesting food and flowers from my Yia Yia’s (Greek grandmother’s) garden. She was an actual wizard at just knowing instinctually how to make things grow their best. And I worked as a wedding photographer capturing love for many years before realising how much time I focused on the flowers in my work; eventually it clicked that I should be doing the botanical sculpture for events so I went and studied to become a florist and started my own business Branch and Sea.

River and Leaf are border collie cross kelpie and cattle dog respectively. They are 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 and are a huge part of my life and have completely reshaped how I live my life in a big way. Taking care of two rescue dogs with their own individual fears and anxieties from their past is a big responsibility that I don’t take lightly. And my husband and I are constantly learning new ways to best support their mental health to be the happiest pups and give them the best life that they deserve. Every day is a new opportunity for me in thinking – how I can give them their best day today. 

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Going to the beach, meditating, swimming and camping completely rejuvenate me as a person. 

I have so many! But the first one that comes to mind would be visiting the redwood and sequoia forests in Northern California. But a close second would be seeing the arrival of Monarch butterflies arrive in central Mexico at the end of their 3000 mile migration.

To check out Annie’s AMAZING work follow the link here.

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Seraj’s Barefooter Story

When thinking about our wonderful Barefooter clients there’s generally quite a few shared attributes and one of them is a Zest For Life. A zest for life is something Seraj has in spades. He lights up any room he is in and always has a smile and a funny story to share whether that be a recent work story, one from his many hobbies or travel related. He also has a long list of passions to keep him chatting, but one thing that underpins it all is his love of movement and all things exercise. That’s where Physio comes in helping keep Seraj feeling his best so he can keep up with his very full schedule. He recently answered some questions from Britt, so keep reading to find out a bit more about what this Barefooter gets up to!

Living my best Barefooter lifestyle is about being able to do the daily activities I love and not worry about my lower back troubles. Things like being able to hike long distances where activities I took for granted. Plus the feeling post dry needles is also pretty incredible.

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My favourite sport ever since I was a child has been AFL. Growing up in Melbourne, everyone at school was a Collingwood supporter and I had followed suit. Winning the premiership last year made 2023 one of the best years of my life. Being able to play it again socially has been extremely rewarding both mentally and physically.

I did my first ever international solo trip last year to Europe. The countries which I had visited were Norway, England, Sweden and Denmark. My favourite memory of the whole trip were the fjords in Norway. The place felt incredibly surreal. A close second though were the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark. 

My dream holiday destination is Norway again but I want to visit again during winter and experience the Northern Lights and get to swim with Wild Killer Whales.

On my days off theres two different things I love doing: going to the beach and trying different cuisines. At the moment I can’t get enough of trying different menu items from the Andonis cafe.

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Get to know the Barefoot Team – Physio Georgia’s Barefooter Story

1 – What’s your favourite activity outside of work and how does it help you live your Barefoot Lifestyle ?  

Apart from all the rowing, I love to crochet, and I’ve started making toys for a few very special nieces and nephews. I find that its very calming and helps to settle my mind after a big day. Being able to give something handmade as a first birthday present to my nephew Charlie was a special moment. Rowing has been a huge part of my life and being part of a team underpins my core values of community and teamwork. I always feel happiest when I’m surrounded with people who share this and are working towards similar goals and we can bounce ideas around and have lots of fun.

2 – We know that bodies love to move, what do you enjoy to do movement-wise?

Anything that’s sweaty and uncomfortable. Top favourite activities are rowing and weights training. I also enjoyed a stint of reformer Pilates which I did to help stay active but also alleviate some of the body stress I was feeling towards the end of University. Since then I’ve tried to be more mentally connected to my activities and found that my technique and form have improved as well. Kitchen washing up dancing is also very fun at our house.

3 – What is one of your favourite memories and how did it shape who “Georgia” is today? 

That’d a hard question Britt, there’s way too many happy memories to choose from. More recently was meeting my nephew for the first time and getting to hold him for a full 10 seconds before he started howling and I hastily passed him back to my sister-in-law. Around the same time my parents had picked me up from the airport with a handwritten sign and playing the theme from Love Actually on a speaker. Also sitting on the bank with my coaching group after we’d basically lost every race but were proud of how our boys had conducted themselves on the day. All of these sorts of memories remind me that happiness happens everyday when you’re not thinking about it and shaped the way I try to reflect on the small moments and am grateful for the people in my life who share this value.

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4 – If you could choose your dream holiday, would you prefer an international or local destination? And what has been your favourite holiday so far? 

My dream holiday would be to go to Europe! My favourite holidays so far are a tie between my first solo trip to Thailand and my first trip to Vanuatu with my partner. Very different trips but I got to have a mix of cultural experiences, some fun nights out and relaxing on the beach. Some memorable moments were lighting paper lanterns at the beach on Koh Phangan, hiking in 100% humidity to the Big Buddha on Koh Samui, snorkelling on Pele Island and having sunset cocktails overlooking the Pacific ocean.

5 – What made you want to become a Physiotherapist and so far what has been your favourite moment as a physio?

I wanted to become a physio after working as a strength and conditioning coach in Rugby 7s and rowing. I loved being in the gym but felt that there was something missing. I spent a lot of time with the team physio and saw more of what she was able to do and how she could problem solve, give exercise prescription and run around the field all at the same time. A standout moment for me was during my placements where I had a client who had been doing Pilates for nearly 50 years and her goal was to return to this after a bout of hip pain. Seeing the smile on her face when we got her back on the reformer machine was better than winning any grand final.

Bonus Question: We all know you love your Rowing, how long have you been rowing/coaching for and what is the best part about it?

I started rowing in year 10 as a school sport and didn’t ever really leave. After school I started coaching and I’ve coached for 10 seasons now, both girls and boys. Rowing is all about the feels, not just the emotional ones. The best part about rowing and being in the boat is this feeling of ‘lightness’ behind the blade when it all comes together and you hit top speed, everything feels almost easier and once you get that it’s something you’ll always be chasing. The best parts about coaching are getting to see my rowers grow as athletes and turn into amazing young people and also having some very entertaining car trips out to camp and the racing course via KFC.

Kelcie Jessen

Get to know the Barefoot Team- Physio Kelcie’s Barefooter Story

1 – What’s your favourite activity outside of work and how does it help you live your Barefoot Lifestyle ?  

When I am not at work, you can find me at the climbing gym. I love bouldering as it is a great way to move around and have fun at the same time. I also love that it reminds me that persistence and consistency pay off. There is a lot of falling off the wall, but you must pick yourself up and keep going. It is the best feeling to send a climb that you have been working hard to figure out!

2 – We know that bodies love to move, what do you enjoy to do movement-wise?

I am happiest when I am moving, so most of my favourite things to do are physically active. Rock climbing/bouldering is great as it is physically demanding but also requires problem solving skills to figure out the route. Running is how I relieve stress. My workouts at the gym and yoga allow me to keep up my form so I can continue to enjoy the activities I love.

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3 – What is one of your favourite memories and how did it shape who “Kelcie” is today? 

My love of travel and adventure began in 2006 on my first overseas trip to Thailand and Laos. It inspired me to see the world. I have travelled to several countries in Africa, Costa Rica, Singapore, the United States, and of course, Australia! I am always up for a new adventure and will likely try some sort of high adrenaline activity along the way, such as bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting… I’ll try anything!

4 – If you could choose your dream holiday, would you prefer an international or local destination? And what has been your favourite holiday so far? 

Australia is technically an international destination for me, so I would love to see all the amazing sights Australia has to offer. I would love to go to the Kimberleys and explore WA a little more. New Zealand is on the list as well!

My favourite holiday was in 2012 when I travelled through several countries in Africa for 6 weeks and camped. Nambia was one of my favourite countries to visit as the Namib desert in the south is incredible, especially at sunrise (and I’m not a morning person).

5 – What made you want to become a Physiotherapist and so far what has been your favourite moment as a physio?

I have worked in the fitness industry since 2011 and I started my own private personal training business in 2018. My focus as a trainer was building high quality and control of movement for my clients to make them more resilient. I worked with a lot of retirees who were looking to maintain their health and make the most of their retirement years. Business was just picking up for me at the gym in March of 2020, and then we all know what happened next. I needed a career that was more pandemic proof, so I used my downtime during the pandemic to complete the prerequisite courses I needed to get into physiotherapy school. I got into the University of Queensland and now I am a Physiotherapist in Australia!

One of the standout moments for me has been how much I enjoy working with my clients and hearing from them that I am in my element.

Bonus Question: We know you love your mountain sports! What is your favourite one and why?

Do I have to pick just one?!? Rock climbing may seem like the obvious choice, but I really love stand-up paddleboarding across mountain lakes. I love being on the water and usually it is quite relaxing to paddle across a lake, set up camp for a night on the other side, and paddle back in the morning.

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Dan Barefooter

Get to know the Barefoot Team – Physio Dan’s Barefooter Story

1 – What’s your favourite activity outside of work and how does it help you live your Barefoot Lifestyle ?  

One of the biggest things about the Barefoot Lifestyle that I find relevant is staying mentally and physically active. I usually do this by going to the gym for strength training which really helps me reset my brain and focus on my physical body. To keep mentally active I read books on my way to work in the morning as it gets me ready to see clients for the day.

2 – What is your favourite movement activity, how long have you been doing it for and how does it foster your health and wellbeing journey?  

 I like doing some strength training, dancing and a bit of walking on the side. I used to be a full-time dancer so I love movement and I know how beneficial it is for me and for everyone. I try to use dance, going to the gym or walking as a medium to keeping myself active. As well as trying to enjoy myself on walks with my partner Megs. We usually walk while at the markets or at a fair.

3 – What is one of your favourite memories and how did it shape who “Dan” is today? 

One happy memory that comes to mind are the days I used to dance as a profession. I had a full-time job teaching English to kids while trying to practice in a team. Some days I would get 4 hours sleep but I loved dancing and kept dancing until I changed my career path. Being so passionate about something and choosing a different career path really changed the way I look at life and since that time I firmly believe that anything can happen in life.

4 – If you could choose your dream holiday, would you prefer an international or local destination? And what has been your favourite holiday so far? 

My dream holiday would be travelling through the whole of Europe as I am fascinated about the various cultures, foods and drinks to enjoy. It would be wonderful if I could go to all the countries and experience each country for at least a week.

My favourite holiday so far was in Palm Cove. I know there are a lot of great beaches that might look better, or are better to swim in but I loved the vibe from Palm Cove holds and it holds personal meaning for me.

5 – What made you want to become a Physiotherapist and so far what has been your favourite moment as a physio?  

I experienced that many dancers around me including myself were constantly living in pain. All my mates would finish practice and pop some painkillers, spray some topical analgesic and talk about when we were seeing our physiotherapist next. This first-hand experience initially sparked an interest in physiotherapy which ultimately lead me to study in Brisbane. A stand out moment for me as a physiotherapist is when I can resonate with my clients and their pain and help them. As someone who has been on a long journey of pain myself it really makes my day when I can help someone and keep them on the right track to recovery.

Bonus Question: Listening to you talk about your career as a professional dancer it is so evident how much you loved it. Can you share with us one of the standout moments of your career? 

One stand out moment was actually earlier in my career before when I was a part of my team in South Korea. It was when I was doing mandatory military service in the Korean Airforce as an ammunitions soldier and interpreter. There was a competition in the base for all genres including singing, dancing and acting. I got to perform live in front a crowd of over two thousand solo. It was a great experience and I ended up getting a standing ovation after my performance and second place.

Jacki’s Barefooter Story

Questions by Caitlin

A passion for anything health and fitness paired with a bubbly personality make Jacki a delight to have in the clinic and a great role model for living your Barefoot lifestyle!

1. Pre COVID you were regularly competing in Masters swimming, including National championships. Can you tell us more about how you got into that and what motivates you to keep going?

Before COVID hit and everything changed, I had been regular Master’s swimming competitor.  It all began when I turned 50 and was looking for a challenge.  I hadn’t swum competitively for 35 years, so that first time diving off the blocks to race was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time! The first competition I did was the National championships on the Gold Coast (I don’t like to do things by half!).  I came home with a medal and was hooked.  The many interesting and fun people I have met at the many swim meets I have been to around Australia is awesome.  It is a very inclusive place to compete, and really the best thing is beating yourself with a PB.  Since COVID a lot of our competitions have been cancelled, but I keep training for the fun of it and the friendships made at the pool.

2.  You also love lifting heavy in the gym which we love to see! Have you got any goals you’re currently eyeing off in the gym and what is about lifting heavy stuff that you like so much.

The arrival of COVID moved my focus to my other great exercise love, the gym.  I love lifting heavy, it gives me a sense of power and invincibility.  I am constantly surprised by how much weight I can move in a session, we are all much stronger than we think!  I am currently training for a strength testing day run at the PE DEPT, the gym I attend.  I am hoping for some PB’s, in the 3 lifts, back squat, bench press and deadlift.  Hopefully with all the help from my support crew, Caitlin at Barefoot, and the team of trainers I will get some joy!!  Of course as long as I lift well with good form I will be happy.

3.  In a former life you were a nurse, but more recently you have trained as a personal trainer and teach group classes, largely focusing on older populations. What drew you to that and what have you learned in the process?

It seems turning 50 prompts changes in your life!!  I studied and became a personal trainer as I approached 50, I have always loved anything to do with sport and exercise.  With a healthcare background it seemed the obvious step, to assist others to achieve fitness goals.  I currently specialise in the older age group fitness and run classes specifically aimed at older people.  It is a section of the community who are mostly overlooked by the fitness industry, but a group who needs it as much as others.  I love my old people (I can say that, cause I am old too) they have a great attitude and gain so much more from coming to the gym than the exercise alone.  There is the whole social aspect which can be as important if they live alone.  I am also involved in an exercise program for cancer survivors.  Just like the older age group this demographic can be left behind as well.  I have learned from both groups that most things are possible if you just get up and try!!

4.  Where is the first place you are headed once the world (safely) opens back up?

Once the world reopens, which hopefully is soon, I will be going to visit my son in Scotland, with a little side trip somewhere in Europe, depending on the time of year!

Beach time will have to do until Scotland!

Get to know the Barefoot Team – Physio Caitlin D’s Barefooter Story

1 – What’s your favourite activity outside of work and how does it help you live your Barefoot Lifestyle ?  

I always love reading books! I have found it a very effective strategy to help my brain relax and reset with some quiet time. This sets me up perfectly to engage more fully in whatever other activities I need to do for the day, or wind down after a big day.

2 – What is your favourite movement activity, how long have you been doing it for and how does it foster your health and wellbeing journey?  

Cliched, but true – walking with my dog. She gets so excited by it, which makes me excited too. I’m not the biggest fan of exercising on my own and she makes such good company 😉 Plus she is always up for a game of tag and playtime.

3 – What is one of your favourite memories and how did it shape who “Caitlin” is today?  

More so a general cluster of memories for me: growing up in a semi-rural 40-acre property. Growing up in such a beautiful environment with so much space kept me busy outside, giving me a huge appreciation for nature. It also gave me the opportunity to be surrounded by so many beautiful animals (pets, livestock, and wildlife).

I had days where I would get in the pool before breakfast and spend the entire day swimming with my siblings – only to emerge to eat breakfast, lunch, then dinner. There would be periods in summer where my blonde hair turned slightly green from being in the chlorinated pool so much!

4 – If you could choose your dream holiday, would you prefer an international or local destination? And what has been your favourite holiday so far? 

Gonna go with the classic Europe trip with the addition of Canada (so picturesque!)

Favourite holiday so far: spending 2 weeks travelling around Tasmania

5 – What made you want to become a Physiotherapist and so far what has been your favourite moment as a physio?  

I started out my uni life studying biomedical science and just got so interested in my anatomy/physiology courses. Anatomy interest + wanting to help others = physiotherapy! A little quote I heard years ago also sticks with me: “If doctors save lives, then a physiotherapist makes it worth living”

My favourite moment so far is when I see a client get so excited by changes made during treatment that exceeds their expectations. I love hearing “I can do this activity now!” or “I can do this again!”

Bonus Question: you always have amazing plaits and braids, who taught you to do your hair?

Myself – through trial and error. I like having long hair, but I like to keep it out of my face – hence the braids

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Kat’s barefooter story

Questions by Britt

It is always great to chat to you and hear your passion about helping improve people’s lives. What led to you becoming a peer support person and can you tell us a bit about what your job entails?  

What led me to my current career as Peer support worker was that both my mother and myself suffered mental health issues. I wanted to be able to support people from a non-judgemental place to help them through their recovery.  I have had my own addiction and mental health struggles and my role allows me to role model recovery and give patient and families hope.

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On top of the amazing job you are doing you have recently undertaken a University degree. What made you want to study Social Work and what is your goal career position? 

Since working for Queensland Health and in the mental health sector I wanted to learn more and be able to make more of an impact, so I decided at the age of 37years to start uni and become a Social worker! Social work will allow me to inject my knowledge, skills, and life experience in many areas in social justice and human services. Another main driver of wanting to become a Social worker is for my kids when we have them.

Outside of being a super awesome professional we know you love travelling, what has been one of our favourite holidays and why?  

I have to say my favourite place was New Zealand. I loved the weather, wine, food and everywhere you look it’s just beautiful.  My wife and I are yet to travel to Tasmania, and this are definately one place on our bucket list. We love the cold, fireplaces, red wine and getting in touch with nature.

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And finally; can you share how special your wedding day was to you

I never thought I’d ever get the opportunity to marry someone until the laws changed so I kinda resided to the fact I’d never really find my soul mate. When Louise came into my life everything changed, for the first time I felt complete,  like the other part of me was finally here. We both wanted a winter wedding which we had in the Hunter Valley in July. Red wine, fire pits, family friends and my soul mate, it was the most incredible day of my life.

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Kathryn Barefooter story

Kathryn is such a lovely smiling face in the clinic and has a depth of character that means the more you peel the onion back the better she gets! Have a read of her answers to Caitlin’s questions 🙂

You’re originally from Canada but have called Aus home for a long time now. What are the biggest differences you notice, what do you love most about Australia and what do you miss from Canada (I know breakfast cereal is top of that list!)?

Definitely food. I miss the variety, especially in snacks. I’m not really a snack person, so when I do feel like something, I’m very particular. But more seriously, I miss the mountains and lakes. I grew up in Alberta and British Columbia and my best memories are snowboarding, hiking, camping, late afternoon swims at the lake, exploring the creeks, bonfires at the river with friends & family. I think we’re so tired of being cooped up all winter, as soon as there is any warmth we go outside as much as possible. The thing i love most about Australia is the outdoors too. I love the beach, and am happy to go anytime of the year. Hiking is also pretty good here too, as there is a huge variance in what type of terrain, or forest, and you can also do it most of the year. Sadly, hiking is something I have had to limit, hopefully just for the time being though.

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Speaking of hiking – what is your favourite hike you’ve done and are there any particular hikes on your wishlist?

I’m working on getting back to hiking. I had begun training to do some overnight hikes. I was doing some longer distance hikes, and had done a few solo camping trips, to just get into that mindset. I was doing the Kangaroo Point stairs every day as well. I injured myself before my plans eventuated, but I am beginning to think about it again. I would love to do some hikes in Tasmania. And parts of the West Coast Trail in Canada/USA. I’m unlikely to ever get back to where I was planning to be, but we’ll see…Basically, any trip I did overseas revolved around hiking, and I hope to do that again. Arizona & Utah have some amazing spots. I cannot wait to go back. Locally, I used to go out every day to Mount Coolum or Mount Ngungun for exerciseand every weekend I would usually go do a new hike. One of my favourite ones in the past few years was Mount Warning. Lately I have only managed flatter, easier walks…getting there!

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In a past life, you ran a business making custom motorbike seats. Tell us more about that and some of the cool people you met through it.

This kind of randomly happened. Feels like another life. My husband at the time wanted a bicycle seat for this custom bike he had. I know how to sew, and am good with making things, so we made a seat. Then since I figured out one, I thought I would do more and sell them. That lead to motorcycle seats. We began a process that was very long and dedicated, and we managed to make design for a sought after top-quality replica seat for a very niche market of vintage choppers. It is a great scene, with tons of amazing people. We got to travel to LA and Japan and few times for trade shows & motorcycle shows. I still keep up with a few friends we met from Malaysia & USA. Being in Australia is harder, since the scene is quite small here, but we met some amazing people, and I don’t regret a moment of that crazy work. I miss the creativity and ingenuity that work required of me. I miss being my own boss. It was hard, but rewarding.

You recently spent 2 days cooking up a Mexican feast for your own birthday party – can you tell us more about your cooking and what else you like to make?

I love mexican food (or american-mexican). I like making as much from scratch as I can, time permitting. Otherwise, when my body allows, I used to love to bake too. I have been getting into that a bit more. I love how learning new techniques help your other baking. Once you learn how sugar behaves, for example, you can trouble shoot in other recipes. I have my perfect pie crust recipe down, and have moved onto macarons lately. Which still turn out differently every time I try them! (that’s the fun part). Baking goes on hold over the summer though, it’s too hot!


You have solid experience with injury, could you share a lesson around this?

I’ve had some rough patches in my life, with 3 injuries each taking years to recover from. But each time I have come to a place where I find new activities I love, even if it means giving up something due to injury. I gave up running for hiking & baking, and now I am working though that process again. I’ve given up bootcamps for rest and slower movement. I think anything can become a new normal, even if it’s not what you had planned you can grow to love it.

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Get to know the Barefoot Team – Physio Caitlin S’s Barefooter Story

1 – What’s something you love to do outside of work and how does it help you live your Barefoot Lifestyle?

Anyone that knows me know I am very passionate about food. I take time to sit and plan my menu for the week – on weeks where I know I’ll be busy, I pick easy meals I’m familiar with but when I have the time I love trying new recipes and learning new things. For me cooking is a way to express my love for those around me (including myself) and it’s also a great way to delve into and appreciate other cultures. I also love the process – from buying the ingredients at the markets or smaller Asian/African grocery store and supporting small businesses and making those human connections, to the moving meditation of chopping vegetables or kneading dough, I love it all and that’s why when I can, it makes up so much of my week.

2 – We know that bodies love to move, what do you enjoy to do movement-wise?

It likely comes as no surprise that I love to run. Since retiring from competitive track about a year ago, I’ve really had to redefine my relationship with “exercise” as opposed to “training”. So rather than running max effort 300m reps to the point of near collapse, I now spend much more time on the road running at any easy pace – taking the new found opportunity to really listen to my body and adjust my pace and distance depending on how I’m feeling. I’m not naturally built for endurance so its been a fun challenge slowly increasing my distance on the longer runs. The steady state run really gives me space to clear my mind and I always feel better after going for a run. I also love the feeling of being strong so you can find me in the gym a few times a week and I still run hill sprints for fun!

3 – Tell us about a happy memory or memories and how it shaped the person you are today?

Can I say when I finally got to pat a wombat on a recent work outing to Lone Pine Koala sanctuary? Wombats are the perfect balance of systematic planners (they build very complex burrows) + fierce loyalty (they’ll sit on a fox’s head and crush it to protect its burrow).I love those qualities and my obsession with wombats knows no limits!

On a more serious note, it’s probably an obvious one, but I have to say the Rio Olympic Games. Making the team was a goal for 8 years, so just to be there was a huge tick off the bucket list. More than that though, our relay team had a great team culture and we knew we were in the position to do something remarkable. For a country of our size, its tough to get 4+ women running fast all at the same time but everything came together and we all stepped up and ran for each other. The moment we got confirmation we’d made the Olympic final was just pure joy. To have my family there to support me in Brazil was so special too. That memory is reflective of just some of the skills my athlete life has given me – discipline, delayed gratification and immense gratitude both for those sweet moments and the people around you who helped make it happen.

4 – If you could choose your dream holiday would you prefer an international or local destination? And what has been your favourite holiday so far?

It’s very hard to pick! I love a beach holiday and Australia has so many incredible places to explore but I think with COVID really limiting our options lately I’m currently pining for an international destination. I’ve only done very limited parts of Europe so I think that is where I’d love to go. I’d say my favourite holiday would probably be White Christmas in the USA before my husband moved to Australia. There is something a bit magical about snow and it’s always great spending time with my in-laws because we don’t get to see them very often.

5 – What made you want to become a Physiotherapist and what has been a standout moment for you as a physio?

I grew up in a healthcare household and the value of caring for others was instilled in me from a young age. Growing up as an athlete I had injuries, including one that took me out for a whole season. Seeing the difference good physio care could make to my performance and quality of life made me want to help people the same way my physio had helped me. I don’t think there is any singular standout moment in my career – I have lots of small moments that are important to me and they are all centred around making a positive difference in people’s lives. It is truly a privilege to walk alongside someone and witness all the highs and lows of their journey up close. So to come to work and do that every day is something I am very grateful for and enjoy, even when its hard.

Bonus question: With World Championships and The Commonwealth Games just finished for another year, what is your favourite athletics event to watch and why?

I think I’m going to have to say the Olympics. Even though this year’s World Champs were an incredibly high standard and the Aussie team did superbly, there is just something extra special about the Olympics. It’s hard to explain but there is something different about wearing the green and gold when the Olympic rings are also on your chest and it really brings out the best in athletes.