Affiliation: Wickhams Martial Arts/Absolute MMA.
Sponsored by: FITmob Central Health and Fitness Centre, N8 Health Echuca and The Athletes Sportsbag
I started Jiu Jitsu in February 2017. I was a bit angry and my parents thought it would be a good outlet for me, and to learn about discipline and hard work.
I have always had some anxiety, with some weeks worse than others. In the bad weeks, it was even a struggle to walk into the gym, even though I loved it. It was hard to understand, let alone explain.
I began competing in November 2017, and my nerves and anxiety on competition day would sometimes overwhelm me in the lead up to my fights. Once I was on the mat, they would go away but sometimes I was that nervous before hand it would stop me from enjoying the whole experience.
Then I met Sheila and Tina and was introduced to the Athletes Sportsbag. I have been so grateful for the program and their support.
I am able to better manage my nerves and anxiety.
I won gold at Nationals and Pan Pacs in my first year of competing.
My aim is to compete in Worlds in the next couple of years.