Manager, Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Windermere Campus
I’ve been working at Toi Ohomai now for over 8 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 enjoy ongoing learning and believe this is crucial if you want to be successful in this industry.
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!
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! I also enjoy competing in running events and have done a few marathons and half marathons over the years. I’ve even dabbled in some triathlons both road and off road over the past few years. At the moment I also play soccer and enjoy that immensely. Find whatever works for you and give it a go, step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It is amazing how fun it can be and what a wonderful feeling of achievement it can provide.
Some of my go to healthy snacks include vegetable smoothies, salads, carrots, 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.