I think a common misconception about athletes is that they train all day. That’s far from the truth. I’d burn out quickly if that were the case.
I aim to achieve a balanced lifestyle – for example, spending time with Brooke and Louis, and having a job working at the club while training. I know if I’m mentally fresh, I can play the best netball and footy. It’s the same with my family – if they’re not in a good place, then I’m null and void on both the field and court.
As soon as I get home from training, I try to give Brooke a break. I normally take Louis out to the park on his scooter. We play, get back, and have dinner together as a family. I have a short gym day on Tuesday followed by a recovery session in the pool, so I take Louis to splash around.
It’s important to find that downtime to recharge, because I know I’ll feel like a little kid again on the field when I get to training. I’m so grateful that I get to do what I do and live my dreams.
My free time revolves around enjoying every moment I can with Louis. I remember my mum and other parents I spoke to before we had him always saying the same thing: “They grow up so fast.”
Becoming a mother massively changed my outlook on life. Right now – both professionally and in my everyday life – my philosophy is all about not sweating the small stuff. If my little boy and wife are healthy and happy, it makes all the drama in life mean nothing.