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This is me
I am a swimmer who has represented Australian Senior Dolphins during 2017 to 2019 and the Australian Junior Dolphins from 2013-2016. I am fortunate to enjoy a reputation as someone who is positive and genuinely upbeat in my approach to life and sport. My aim is always to engage and interact in a fun and engaging manner with people. I am acutely aware of the impact that I can have as a high-profile swimmer with young athletes and the broader sporting community. I take my responsibilities to sport and all participants seriously and have a deep-rooted desire to have a positive impact on every person that crosses my path.
I have been presented with significant challenges in my sporting career. These challenges have equipped me with the necessary skill set to mentor and teach. My objective is to instruct upcoming athletes and their families about how to deal with the adversity and obstacles that all participants in sport encounter along their personal and professional pathway. I believe I would be an ideal mentoring coach for anyone and everyone as I have learnt so much about how important being positive and setting goals can help improve everyday life as well as any career dreams you have. My understanding of the value of positive mental health and the benefits of a positive mind was confirmed. My belief in who I am and what I stand for was reinforced and my message is one to be shared with others. I became aware of the power of residual determination and resilience.
In 2019, I was subjected to a seismic change to my sporting career. I was accused of using a performance enhancing substance. Despite knowing that I did not use such substances, my whole world was turned upside down and I was pitchforked into an unknown world of lawyers, politics and machinations that was completely foreign to me. Throughout this process, I learnt a considerable amount about myself. I learnt that the purest pursuit for me was my sport of swimming. I learnt that my individuality was my strength. That message is that honesty and the truth will prevail and both factors should never be compromised by anyone or anything. I look forward to sharing the strategies and practices that support me to stay strong in uncertain times, to other athletes no matter how big, or small, their challenges or sporting goals.
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Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Winner
I will always maintain my innocence.
Nearly twelve months ago, my world was turned upside down due to allegations of using a prohibited substance in my sport.
Despite a lifetime of competing clean and knowing that I had not used any prohibited substance, my life changed in an instant and I was pitchforked into an unknown world of lawyers, politics and machinations that was completely foreign to me. The process has been extremely arduous and debilitating at times.
There are many aspects of the anti-doping system that are seriously flawed but possibly the worst element is the presumption of guilt that one has to bear. What sort of system infers that you are guilty of an alleged breach and the responsibility falls on you to prove your innocence?
Now though, I have an opportunity to stand and fight for my career and reputation. I intend to win this fight and put myself back in the pool and reclaim my position as a member of the Australian swim team. Everyone knows what it is like to have something precious taken away from them and I am no different.
However, regaining my team membership and opportunity to competitively swim again is not my sole objective. Throughout this ordeal, I have learnt a considerable amount about myself. I learnt that the purest pursuit for me was my sport of swimming. I learnt that my individuality and uniqueness was the grounds for my underlying strength. I became acutely aware of my residual determination and my absolute and all-encompassing desire for the truth to be revealed. My understanding of the value of positive mental health and the benefits of a strong and positive mind was reinforced. My belief in who I am and what I stand for was fortified and my understanding of how my message is one to be shared with others was cemented.
Not everyone will fight a flawed system and find themselves ostracised from their friends and support group for something they did not do. If you do though, stand up and fight and know that your honour will always be defended if you tell the truth.