Where are you from? Born in Evanston, Illinois, USA, raised in Canberra
What’s your favourite color? Purple/blue
How long have you been climbing for? 10 years
How did you first get into climbing? Went to a friend’s birthday party and really enjoyed it, so joined the squads in Hume when Hume opened, and started competing shortly after.
What is your proudest climbing accomplishment? Third at National Level Junior bouldering titles for a few years running, and sending a V8 boulder in the Grampians called “Cold Hands Cold Heart?”
Where have you climbed outdoors? North black, Sydney, Nowra, Grampians, and Fontainebleau (in France).
Are you in Link/Rock Squad yourself? I used to be a member of Rock Squad before I started university and an injury got in the way.
What are your personal climbing goals? To get back into properly training for climbing — I’d like to get back into a regular training routine and make more time to climb. Mainly I would like to stay injury free while I increase strength. A non-climbing goal of mine is to finish my degree as well as to become more involved in volunteering for wildlife sanctuaries (Mulligans flat sanctuary) and more of an active member of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
What are your other hobbies/interests besides climbing? Hiking, cycling, cooking, I really love being outdoors. I also am doing a science degree at ANU, with a focus in biochemistry and environmental science.
What advice do you have for newbies who are just trying climbing for the first time? I would watch videos online about climbing. Both to learn some technique, but to inspire yourself about climbing and that there really are no limits. When you come in to climb, ask the staff for help with technique and choosing climbs, everyone is always happy to help and it can really improve your technique and strength quickly.
What’s the best part of your job at CIRC? I really enjoy coaching kids, as I find it very rewarding to watch the kids improve and gain strength. Watching them progress to the competing squad and going to competitions is really great to see, and makes me feel like I’ve taught them something that they might use for the rest of their lives.