WOMEN WHO INSPIRE US // incredible Surf Ironwoman Olivia Corrin 🌊💙
Our team of athletes never fail to amaze us with their persistent hard work, determination and incredible results on the sporting field, but we know they're so much more than their athletic abilities too. Our girl Olivia Corrin is not only an impressive ironwoman but an incredible chick all-round, so we reached out to her with some questions so you can all be inspired by her. Check out the Q&A with Olivia below👇
ABOUT OLIVIA & HER ATHLETE LIFE
What does your typical training week look like?
A typical training week for me consists of 16-17 sessions which are made up of 4 morning swim sessions, 3 running sessions, 3 ski sessions, 2 board sessions, 2 iron sessions, 2 gym sessions and 1 pilates session. In between training sessions I am balancing work and study but I try my best to recover efficiently and effectively by consuming plenty of water and electrolytes, eating enough nutritious meals and snacks, getting massages when needed and squeezing power naps in where they fit.
What do you love most about your sport?
What I love most about my sport is that it produces opportunities that can take you around the world and in doing so, meet new people and experience different cultures! I am from Gisborne, a small coastal town in New Zealand and now live on the Gold Coast in Australia. Surf lifesaving has given me the opportunity to travel the world as part of the New Zealand Black Fins team and compete internationally at various international competitions including the Lifesaving World Championships in Europe and Australia, International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and the Sanyo Cup in Japan. Being able to travel the world with my sport has allowed me to race against people from so many different countries and establish lifelong connections as well as being fortunate enough to experience the different cultures and especially food of these countries.
If you weren’t training as an elite athlete, what would you be doing instead?
If I wasn't training as an elite athlete I would most likely be volunteering in an animal shelter whilst I finished my studies to become a primary school teacher. I love animals so much and feel there are so many animals that are worthy of being treated and looked after right.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome as an athlete?
Growing up racing in Surf Lifesaving I always set such high expectations for myself that I felt I needed to achieve in order to make my coach, family, friends and more importantly myself proud. I used to put so much pressure on myself when competing that I would become so nervous and overwhelmed before racing which made me not enjoy it as much as I should have. Learning to deal with pressure and manage my nerves has enabled me to develop a huge love for my sport and I love racing more than ever, especially when I get to race in team events with the GON (Girls of Northcliffe).
What advice would you give to your younger self?
The advice I would give to my younger self is to love what you do and have fun and enjoy racing with your friends. Also to not set too high expectations that puts a lot of pressure on yourself, but rather enjoy the moment and have fun.
FUN FACTS ABOUT LIV
One thing on your bucket list?
I would love to go to Greece.
What do you enjoy doing outside of training?
Surfing, painting and watching movies.
Fave JOLYN piece you own?
"It's not about the outcome, it's about the process."
To continue to be inspired and keep up with all of Olivia's latest adventures and achievements, follow her on IG @olivia.corrin 💙