I have been skiing on the Australian XC Ski Team since I was named on their Junior Team at the age of 16. I then competed in my first World Championships as a final year Junior for the 2009 Liberec World Championships.
Since those earlier days I have progressively developed as an athlete and have achieved many feats of which I am proud of. I remain the only Australian to have completed the FIS Tour de Ski in 2012 where I placed 36th overall. My personal best World Cup result was obtained in late 2012 with a 47th in the 30km Skiathlon in Canmore.
Since then, whilst also continuing my studies in Environmental Engineering at UNSW in Sydney, I was selected onto my first Australian Winter Olympic Team and competed in Sochi 2014. Here I obtained a personal best result of 59th in the 30km Skiathlon.
After the Olympics, I decided to have a year dedicated to reaching my full potential as an athlete. I changed coaches to my current coach, Mattias Nilsson and became part of Dala Sports Academy in Falun (Sweden). The first part of the year saw amazing gains however after returning to Australia to compete in the AUS/NZ Continental Cup, I suffered from a particularly unfortunate injury during the AUS Sprint Championships. The extremely unlucky circumstances during a crash led to another athletes ski penetrating between my upper rips and puncturing my right lung. The damage led to 12 days unable to leave the hospital bed, with a drain inserted into my chest which was linked to a machine that kept my lung inflated.
Fortunately a unique form of surgery was extremely successful with special thanks to Dr Silvana Marasco and the Trauma department at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. 12 weeks later I was back to a full training load, minus the intensity and shortly after that I completed a VO2 max under a controlled environment to test the injury under a maximum load which showed no implications.
I then recovered to a level which enabled me to race and achieve results right up there with my best in the 2014/2015 World Cup season leading into Falun 2015.
Currently I hold Australia’s highest ever recorded VO2 max at the AIS with 89.7ml/kg, a record previously held by Cadel Evans. Additionally I have also been named UNSW athlete of the year for 2 years whilst studying at the University.
Now my sights are set for the Lahti 2017 World Champs and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang.