I definitely did have doubts and, you know, going through the ranks, through development teams and the National, and playing for the Fire Birds, there was always questions in my head about whether I was good enough at playing or whether I just had a few little skills and had to work really hard on all those areas that didn't come so naturally to me.
So, I made a promise to myself at eighteen years of age, whenever anything came across the table I’d always say yes to it before I’d think about it, because nine times out of ten it would push me outside my comfort zone and the experiences that you get from those moments are the best.
When you were a teenager and you were doing sport, and there was all the distractions, like parties and relationships, how did you deal with that?
Early on I used to think ‘I'm missing out on a lot here’ but, come the end of the year I thought ‘this is great, you know my weekends are so much more fulfilled and exciting with all these wonderful things that I'm doing’. The girls that I was hanging out with on the weekends I had so much more in common with them. And, I’d come back to school on a
Monday morning, I used to just think ‘well, you know what, did I really miss out on too much? Because I actually had a great weekend’.
I can honestly say some of the best times that I've had, some of my funnest moments when I look back over my 28 years, have all been when I have been involved in team sport. It’s an opportunity to go and just unleash for a couple of hours, and be introduced and involved in something that's totally different.
Sport is one of the most important things to stay involved in, particularly in those teenage years. It provides you encouragement, support, self-belief, confidence. Sport is one thing that can just give you so many positive opportunities and can be such a positive influence on your life.