my experience

    My experience and education within the fields of nutrition and sports nutrition have seen me work in a number of different avenues including: personal consultant to individuals and teams; Contributing Editor (Nutrition) for Triathlete Magazine (USA); contributing writer for various national and international publications and websites; chapter author in a popular sports nutrition publication; presenter and speaker for groups, clubs and corporations on health, fitness and nutrition.

    I have worked with Professional and elite athletes; Junior elites; Masters athletes; Weekend Warriors and those for whom exercise is a dirty word. From weight loss through to improvements in athletic performance, I have worked with clients to ensure success.

    education:

    • Masters Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University, Australia)
    • Post Graduate Diploma of Sports Nutrition (IOC – International Olympic Committee Medical Commission)
    • B. Science (Human Life Sciences) (Curtin University, Australia)

     

    my story

    I have always had a deep interest in the human body – how it functions and how environmental and lifestyle factors affect this functioning. As my career as a professional triathlete took off, this focus turned particularly to nutrition – I became fascinated with how, what and when I ate was able to influence not only my race day performance but also my health in general and my ability to handle training loads. Throughout my sporting career I have been fortunate to work with some of the best minds in sports nutrition, further fuelling the desire to not only deepen my own knowledge but also to impart some of this to others. I also believe that as an athlete, where very small percentages matter, this has given me an advantage in understanding how small changes in nutrition can be so critical for overall health.

    Nutrition and sports performance are inextricable - finite and specific dietary implementations are advantageous. But nutrition is about more than physical or sporting performance – it is about optimising health, both now and into the future to maximize performance throughout all aspects of your life - whatever that entails. It is about achieving a body weight and composition that makes the thought of a day at the beach not make you want to run and hide; it is about having the stamina to get through a day at work with mental clarity; it is about taking opportunities and making the most of what you have. It is also about enjoying life, enjoying food and looking towards the future.

    I feel very fortunate that I have been able to compete at the very highest level in sport for the past 15 years, including representing Australia and reaching the number 1 world ranking. But these experiences have offered more than sport – I have travelled to many different countries, interacting and experiencing different cultures, people, traditions; and through this have gained a broader understanding of issues relating to food, nutrition and health and the unique requirements of each individual.

    Beyond the ‘nutrients’ level, I have a genuine love of food. In fact my favourite place to be is in the kitchen or at the market shopping for produce. How can you expect to impart an interest in food and nutrition if you yourself do not have this passion?! This extends to how I shop and cook as well as my knowledge of how food is grown, produced, prepared and served; and issues relating to food security and sustainability.

    Profiles

    Athletic Highlights

    • Member Australian Elite Triathlon Team, ITU World Long Distance Championships 2009
    • Member Australian Elite Triathlon Team, ITU World Championships 2002, 2003
    • Member Australian Elite Triathlon Team, ITU World Team Championships 2003
    • Australian Under 23 Triathlete of the Year 2002-03
    • Australian Junior Elite Triathlete of the Year 2000-01
    • Australian F1 Triathlon Series 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003
       
    • 5th Hell of the West Triathlon 2016
    • 9th Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney 2016 (first race back post birth of second child)
    • 3rd Byron Bay Triathlon 2014
    • 5th Boulder 5150 2011
    • 5th Giant Eagle Triathlon 2011
    • 7th Memphis in May 5150 2011
    • 2nd Kansas 70.3 2010
    • 3rd Branson 70.3 2010
    • 2nd Australian Long Course Championships 2010
    • 1st Kansas City Half Marathon 2010
    • 1st Kansas City Triathlon 2010
    • 1st TriZou Triathlon 2010
    • 1st Vineman 70.3 2009
    • 1st Australian and Oceania Long Course Championships 2009
    • 1st Memphis in May Triathlon 2009
    • 2nd Ironman 70.3 Kansas Triathlon 2009
    • 2nd Iron Girl Atlanta Triathlon 2009
    • 3rd Wildflower Triathlon 2008
    • 2nd Longhorn 70.3 Austin Texas 2008
    • 2nd Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon 2007
    • 2nd Miami International Triathlon 2008
    • 2nd Aflac Iron Girl Las Vegas 2008
    • 3rd Eagleman 70.3 Half Ironman 2007
    • 5th Life Time Fitness Triathlon, Minneapolis 2007
    • 3rd Philadelphia Triathlon 2007
    • 3rd Battle at Midway Triathlon 2007
    • 4th New York City Triathlon 2007
    • 2nd Ryka Iron Girl Triathlon, Columbia MD 2007
    • 2nd Australian Long Course Championships 2006
    • 1st ITU Asian Cup Macau 2005
    • 1st ITU Asian Cup Wakayama Japan 2005
    • 2nd ITU Asian Championships, Singapore 2005
    • 2nd Corner Brook World Cup Triathlon 2004
    • 2nd Tongyeong World Cup Triathlon 2004
    • 5th Hamburg World Cup Triathlon 2004
    • 1st ITU World Team Championships (Australia World Champions) 2003
    • 1st Manchester World Cup Triathlon 2003
    • 2nd New York World Cup Triathlon 2003
    • 2nd Tarzo Revine ITU Points Race Italy 2003
    • 1st France Iron Tour (Alpe D'Huez) 2003
    • 1st France Iron Tour (Lyon) 2003
    • 1st France Iron Tour (Paladru - Teams) 2003
    • 2nd France Iron Tour Overall 2003
    • 2nd Noosa Triathlon 2002
    • 1st NSW Duathlon Championships 2002
    • 1st North Coast Half Marathon Championships 2002
    • 2nd Asics Gold Coast 10KM 2002
    • 4th Australian Triathlon Championships 2002
    • 3rd Aquathlon World Championships Cancun 2000
    • Australian Aquathlon Champion 2000, 2001, 2002
    • 5th International Triathlon Union World Cup Tokyo 2000
    • 3rd Australian Sprint Championships (open elite) 2000
    • 7th World Championships, Junior Elite Category 2000.