QLD, Australia

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: @brideski

1. Your Bio

I am passionate about how environmental factors influence our health. I want to live and be in an environment that makes me the happiest and healthiest I can be while I move toward my dream of representing Australian again at the Paralympic games.

2. What 5 words explain you the best?

1. Over thinker

2. Determined

3. Optimistic

3. What dreams do you have for the future?

I dream of qualifying for Rio, getting a gold medal in Rio and spending many more days appreciating living in this beautiful place. I also hope to finish my PhD and getting the opportunity to teach public health at Universities.

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

I was going through a really tough time. My older sister said to me “Bridie, there will be peaks and troughs, just remember that if you’re in a trough, it means a peak will be coming.” I’ve so so often thought about that.

5. What is your fondest memory growing up?

Camping. I have so many memories of the camping trips that our parents would take us on. One day we found the most amazing sand dunes. They were like slides and we just ran up and down all day and jumped off the sand dunes.

6. What is the most adventurous thing you can say that you have done?

After our competition in London, the German coach offered me to play a season in Germany, but if I signed the contract I needed to be in Germany in 5 days.

Five days later I had leased my house in Brisbane, put my Masters degree on hold and packed all my belongings into my car. I landed in Hamburg where I would spend the rest of the year attending German classes, drinking gluhwein at Weinachtsmarkts (mulled wine at German Christmas markets), exploring Hamburg by foot or bike, writing poems and my evenings were training. Every weekend we loaded our wheelchairs on the fast and travelled all around Germany playing Wheelchair Basketball teams.

7. What are the top 3 things to do on your bucket list?

1. Qualify for Rio

2. Be an amazing bridesmaid for my Hen Sarah Maine

3. Complete my PhD

8. What have you failed at before and what did you learn from this.

The peaks and troughs of sport and my PhD have definitely seen me fail many times. Like the quote I read the other day, I’ve learned that if you are not prepared to fail you are absolutely not pushing the limits to see how much you can truly achieve. What I’ve learned in failure is that if you can limit the blow from hurting you personally, you get to take it on as positive feedback.

I’ve also learned that failure hurts most if you fail yourself and that is at the core of what I try to do. I can’t always control the outcomes of games and whether I get published in my study, but I can control the preparation and effort I put toward it. I never want to fail at preparing to do the best I can.

9. Who inspires you?

My mum. She has worked so hard to create an amazing life style and career, all while being the most amazing, supportive mother.

10. Do you have a favourite book or movie?

Robert Lustig’s ‘Sugar: The bitter truth”. This book encompasses the importance of public health in improving the health of populations and considering the impact of the environment.

11. If you had to live on a deserted island and you could only take one thing, what would you take and why?

My lunch box. In it is a mason jar of salad, some yoghurt and nuts and Lindt chocolate. Or my phone so I can call someone to save me.

12. What 3 pieces of advice would you give for others who want to get into your field or industry?

1. Find a way to know and respect yourself so you have the ability to not take things personally. That way you can take failure and feedback as positive feedback.

2. Be persistent. In a world where there are so many exciting things to do, persistence at one task can be hard, but that is what is going to set you aside. The ability to do something over and over until you are good at it.

3. Find the small things you love in the day to drive and motivate you to work really hard for the big things you want in life. I never go without my morning coffee. It is a reward after the training.