Manager, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus
I’ve been working at Toi Ohomai now for over 7 years and have loved every minute of it.
I started my journey when I studied a BA degree in Leisure Management in Ireland when I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I left school but I loved sports and being active. This is such a rewarding industry to be a part of and I’m so glad I made that decision. I feel really lucky to work alongside such a talented, motivated and fun team and we are really lucky with the awesome members we work alongside who inspire us every day. It is so rewarding when they achieve something they have worked so hard towards.
I wouldn’t say I have any specialist areas as I love all forms of training and don’t believe one size fits all but I particularly enjoy and have a big interest in running, triathlons, soccer, nutrition, weight loss and our never2old programme here. I believe passionately that good nutrition and some sort of movement can help us all lead a good quality of life as we get older. Just do something, whatever you enjoy and gets you moving and eat well 90% of the time!
An interesting fact that you don’t know about me is I trained to do a 100km run a few years ago. About 8 weeks out from the event I fell over walking down a grass hill in jandals and did my medial ligament. Bugger ah, I’ve never entered one since but who knows what the future may hold. One of my biggest and most enjoyable achievements was completing the 60km Kepler track down South a few years ago in about 8 and a half hours. Absolutely stunning run/walk!
Some of my go to healthy snacks include vegetable smoothies, carrots (because Terri said I must eat them every day), fruit, nuts, boiled eggs, chicken, hummus, seaweed and I do love a bit of almond butter on an apple. Thanks for that idea Megs many years ago. I’m not a big fan of diets but I do believe you need some form of sacrifice (whether it is food or time) to make your goals worth achieving. A little sacrifice every week adds up to a lot over the course of a year! Lifelong sustainable habits with a bit of fun, reward and celebration mixed in.