Hi! I am a former New Zealand Hockey Player, retiring from the game in May 2020. I played 176 games for the Black Sticks over nine years. I came 4th at the 2016 Olympic Games and won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 with the Black Sticks.
My journey has been tough. Injuries, setbacks, grief and loss have been pivotal moments in my life. I don't sugar coat it, and I always share the reality of what it takes to be 'successful'. My hope is that I give others permission to share their struggle.
I am a Mindset and Well-Being coach to thousands of young sportswomen. I have condensed a decade of my experience in high performance into simple, actionable steps. I want girls to take control of their anxiety, perfectionism, and burnout because I didn't get taught anything like this at school, and I wish I did.
This foundation is dear to my heart. One of my closest friends, Caitlin Hawthorn, passed away from NET cancer three years ago. She is the strongest person I know, and fought this nasty and aggressive cancer for two years.
Quick facts about Neuroendocrine Cancer:
One kiwi is diagnosed every day
Number of patients are higher than brain, ovarian or cervical cancers
Vital treatment is not funded or available, costing patients up to $50,000 each
Being an ambassador for this foundation, I aim to help educate and advocate how asthma and respiratory diseases affect a large number of kiwis.
1 in 6 kiwis have a respiratory disease
It is the 3rd most common cause of death in New Zealand
It costs the country 5.5 Billion each year
1 in 6 children in NZ have asthma