I am an optimistic blonde with a flair for sport. I have always been involved in different types of sport at school and university. I started surfing at a young age and attended many South African championship events as a junior and senior. I also played hockey, athletics, gymnastics, water polo and eventually kayaking which I only took up competitively at university.
I was born 14 July 1983 in Sandton, Johannesburg.
I was initially introduced to River marathon kayaking by my Dad in high school, however I was more focused on school sports at that time. I started competitive river kayaking end of 2002 and began sprint training with Coach Nandor Almasi at the end of 2004 , very part time as I was still studying.
My first SA sprint championship was in 2005. I have done lots of hard training since then and I have improved a great deal. I have now represented South Africa since 2006 and I competed in K2 500m at the Beijing Olympics with Michele Eray where we managed to get through to the semi-finals.
In 2009 I had a fantastic season to win my first world cup in K1 W 500m, szeged, Hungary. I went on to win my first world championships bronze medal in a non- olympic event, K1 W 1ooom.
I qualified for the London Olympics in K1 500m at the world championships in Szeged, Hungary in 2011 with an unofficial world record time.
I won a Bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012 for K1 woman 500m. This was one of the greatest achievements in my life so far.
In 2013 I got chicken pox which threw my year upside down as it made me miss two world cups in May 2013.
I had a great build up in 2014 and ended the sprint season by winning mine and South Africa’s first world championship medal in an Olympic event, a bronze medal in K1 W 500m in Moscow, Russia
I am continuing my full time sprint paddling career training with the aim of qualifying at world championships in Milan, 2015 for the Rio Olympics in 2016!