Olivia is a successful athlete across many sports disciplines. She is currently competing for the Penrith District Netball Association, Indoor Netball NSW 14s team and The Nepean Rowing Club. Olivia is also a member of the Glenbrook Little Athletics Club, competing at state level and the Blue Mountains Grammar School Netball squad.
Olivia is a member of our 2021 Netball squad and was also a member of our 2020 Rowing program.
Netball started for Olivia at the Blue Mountains Association as a 7-year-old with a successful and enjoyable introduction to team sport. As an 11-year-old, she joined the Penrith District Association and was in the team that won the Netball NSW State Age (12 yrs.) Division 1 Championship in 2018 – the first Penrith victory in 20 years.
At her school, Blue Mountains Grammar, in 2019 Olivia was awarded the Junior Sports Person of the Year.
In early February 2021, Olivia competed at the NSW Rowing Championships and a Pre-Season Netball Carnival for Penrith District on the same weekend. The clash of timing for these two important occasions meant that Olivia had to split her time and only compete in one event at the NSW Rowing Championships.
Olivia commented, “I feel honoured and privileged to have been part of two WSAS programs – Rowing and Netball. I find it very rewarding participating and competing in both sports. I’ve been told that eventually you have to make a choice, but I want to keep up with both for as long as possible. My ultimate sporting career goal is to replicate the achievements of world-class multi-sport athletes such as Ellyse Perry and Gretel Tippet.”
Olivia recently faced the challenge of surgery to repair a damaged eardrum, which interrupted her preparation for the NSW Rowing Championships, despite this she still achieved a personal best in the Women’s U16 Single Skull (1000m) posting a top 10 time just missing out on qualifying for the final.
Olivia manages a full weekly training schedule that includes three gym sessions, four 2-hour rowing sessions, 5-hours of Penrith District Representative Netball training and regular WSAS sessions. She also ensures she puts up at least 100 netball shots daily.
Olivia was recently named the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation March Junior Sportsperson of the Month! Congratulations Olivia!