Q & A
Proudest moment: My proudest moment would have to be qualifying into heats for the first time. I finished qualification in 29th out of 32 places, I ended up finishing the race in 7th place which flicked a switch in my brain as I had shown myself that I could compete at the highest level, and not just be an extra number in the background.
Best sporting memory from 2016/17 season: The 2017 Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada Spain. It was my first World Championships event and was coming into it with no expectation of putting on a huge performance, just there for the experience. However once we got into heats I built up some momentum and confidence by winning my first, second and third heat getting me into my first ever big final on the world stage. Unfortunately, I fell in the Final and finished in 6th, however in this case it was definitely the journey and not the destination and is certainly a moment I will never forget.
I began my sport in 2008 when I was 10 at the time and my friends had a two-man snowboard team in the regional Interschools race and were looking for a third member. I had never competed in snowboarding before but I had competed in ski racing so I thought why not let’s give it a go and entered with them.
When I am not in training or competing I am: Wakeboarding/Wakesurfing
I enjoy my sport because of the huge range of styles that different people bring to the sport. I’m not the tallest bloke in the world, sitting at a pretty average 173cms, and I compete against a field of men that average around 183-185, because of this I have to use different tactics to these guys, where they may be able to pump a section I might have to jump them because my legs aren’t quite long enough to absorb the feature. This adds a whole other element to the sport for me and forces me to think outside the box, that’s why I love the sport.
Education: HSC Graduate
Favourite international competition: World Championships
Favourite Food: Aussie BBQ
Favourite Music: Indie Rock
Favourite other sport to watch or play: If I get a chance I enjoy watching the NRL, I used to follow it a lot more closely but now I watch whenever my home team is on.
Favourite sporting team: Canberra Raiders
My hero is Stephen Bradbury, he showed the world that you have to be in it to win it, just because you think you might be at a disadvantage for whatever reason is no excuse not to give something your all, you can always surprise yourself.
Sponsors: Oneill, Cherri Pow Boardstore, High Country Fitness
Childhood Ambition: Similarly to most kids who start out in the world of sport, my childhood ambition was to be the best in the world, as it still is today.
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