Where do you live?
For the first 18 years of my life I have lived in a small village in the vicinity of Stuttgart in Germany, close (for Australian standards) to the Black Forest. Then off to the UK as an au-pair, followed by university which included living half a year in Los Angeles.
In my last year of uni, I met Mick and moved – to my parents despair- to the UK where I finished my degree in a town called Leicester which is bang on in the middle of England. Then we moved to Derby, where all three kids were born. After 20 years of fog and rain, Mick decided to move his family to a nicer and warmer place… et voilà here we are. After overcoming my initial withdrawal sypmtoms of family and friends and near heat strokes, we acclimatised and have finally settled in Buderim and are very happy here.
- Who does your family include?
Mick and our three kids Calvin (19), Nina (15) and Leyla(12) and our dog Alfie (7). In Germany I have my parents and one brother.
- What keeps you busy during the day?
When we came here, Mick still continued to work and live in the UK, so I never started teaching full time again (I am a Secondary school language (French, Italian, German) and Geography teacher ) because of the kids, but I started straight away with voluntary teaching work in our kids’ school. I teach mainly German and I also do some language tuition for adults at home.
- Your Hobbies…
My hobbies are triathlon, skiing, I love reading and I play the piano ( badly) and teach myself Spanish at the moment. I also love to be creative with paper, paint and poems (again no talent, just like doing it). As a family we play a lot of board- and card games on weekends.
- Why do you do triathlon?
I did gymnastic until I was about 18 and then I got a bit tired of it and needed a change. So first, I was a bit lost and tried different things until my dad saw an advert in the newspaper and entered us into our first tri. And the rest is history. I love the variety of three different sports and it takes me to interesting places in the world.
- Favourite food and drink?
I love Thai and Mexican food and salads, chocolate, not keen on meat. Favourite drink is def. vodka with lemonade!
- If I won, the lotto I would…
If I won the lotto, I would import all my family and friends to the Sunshine Coast and have them live near me. And then I would also help to save tigers and build a school for girls in Afghanistan.
- Favourite book and song?
Very difficult one as I love so many… but I have repeatedly read a book called “London” by E.Rutherford, it tells you about the very first beginnings to modern age, but unlike a history book it is very interestingly written. I have a German and an English version, if anyone is keen to borrow either of them.
My favourite song depends on my mood at the time, but “Adesso tu” by Eros Ramazzottii is my all time favourite.
- Your favourite race/triathlon moment…
Finishing my first ironman in Roth in 2000, together with my dad, brother and Mick.
- Your advice for anyone wanting to start the sport…
Set yourself little achievable goals and don’t compare yourself with others and their training volume as you might panic and start to overtrain, get injured and maybe give up before you really started. And prepare yourself for early mornings!