I knew from the age of about 15 or 16 that I wanted to be a Physio after being a patient at Nextmove since I was a kid. I have always played a lot of sports and as a result have had countless injuries of my own over the years. Lucky for me my Mum found Nextmove and I was fortunate enough for these injuries to be so well looked after by Matt. I knew that I could combine my love for sports, human biology and my particular interest in preventing and treating my own injuries by becoming a physiotherapist. It certainly helped knowing what I wanted to do as I directed all my subjects at school to aim for the ATAR score required for Physiotherapy.
I graduated from high school at St Marks (just across the road from Nextmove) in 2013 and went straight into studying Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2014. Around this time Women’s AFL started to really take off around the country and by the time I was in my 4th and final year of study in 2017 I was drafted to the Fremantle Dockers as their first draft pick in the first ever AFLW national draft.
I first started playing footy when I was in year 10 after playing netball, soccer, doing athletics and competing in surf life saving for most of my childhood as well as a bunch of other sports in between. I always loved football (in particular the Eagles, but I’m now a full Freo supporter making for great Derby banter with Matt) and found an even greater love when I started to play.
It’s a delicate balance to juggle work, semi-professional football (and I say semi-professional because of the part-time nature of AFLW) and general life. My typical week in pre-season currently includes working a full time Physio case load (which drops to part time when I enter the season and we start flying around the country to play games), main training sessions 4 x per week at the Fremantle Dockers Cockburn facility as well as 2-3 x gym sessions per week. On a typical training day, I will work 7-3pm, head home to eat and change, leave for Cockburn (and sit in dreaded peak hour traffic) to get to training for 5pm. We train & complete our recovery until approximately 8pm, eat dinner and home by 9pm-ish to sleep and repeat! In-season it looks much the same except with a game (either in Perth or elsewhere around the country) and an extra recovery session on the weekends. As full on as it may sound, I couldn’t imagine my life being any other way!
In my limited down time, I enjoy drinking coffee, hanging out with friends, going to the beach/coastal walks or bike rides and watching Netflix (Schitt’s creek being my personal favourite at the moment).
As a physio, I have a particular interest in soft tissue injury management and rehab, having been through a number of injuries myself. I have a good understanding of the frustration and sometimes devastation of not being able to do what you love. It’s my least favourite part of being a physio having to advise people they can’t play their sport or run/cycle/swim, but to be able to help people get back to doing what they love is incredibly rewarding.
I feel very lucky to have found myself working at Nextmove as a new grad 4 years ago and have been so well supported by Matt and the team to pursue both my Physio career and football career at the same time. I have worked my way up to support Matt as the clinic Operations Manager and I am just about to head into my 6th pre-season with Freo. I hope I can continue to juggle work and football for another 6 seasons!