ANNETTE BRANDER- AUSTRALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER JILLAROO
Annette Brander is an Australian Women’s Rugby League Player, playing for the Jillaroo’s! She currently plays for the Beerwah Bulldogs on the Sunshine Coast has for the last 5 years.
Annette made her debut into the Allstars, QLD and Australian teams in 2014 and has played 2 Auckland 9’s tournaments as part of the Jillaroos Australian Team (2015 & 2016).
Here at Switch HQ we are so honoured to have such an inspirational young woman apart of our team! An absolute role model for any young athlete that has the dream!
Favourite quote is:
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.”
TIM FORD- TRIATHLON EXTRAORDINAIRE
In 2010 Tim completed his first triathlon weighing in about 125kgs. It was a standard distance race (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run). It took him 4:05 to complete it and he came dead last. Since then he has dropped over 50kgs and is working towards completing a 70.3 triathlon (1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run) in the same time.
Along the way, he has multiple age group podiums including 3 age group wins. He has also raced at the 2016 70.3 World Championships this year on the Sunshine Coast. Tim has gone from running a half marathon in over 2 hours to cracking 80 minutes this year.
He is driven by constantly improving himself and showing people that if he can do it anyone can and he wants to try and bring as many new people to the sport as possible.
‘Hard work trumps talent everyday so work at it and you will be rewarded. Also not to neglect your weaknesses. The sooner you can address them and improve the sooner they will become your strengths’
TEAGAN GRAHAM- UK NATIONAL SWIMMER
Teagan is a regional/ national swimmer in Dorset and swims for Poole swimming club. She also enjoys surfing in her spare time. Her current achievements to date are competing at the south-west regional 3 years running, making finals each year and meddling. She is currently Dorset county junior champion for 400 freestyle and also attends LeAF studio school, an elite athlete school.
Teagan is working towards British nationals this year and getting some long course PBs whilst also improving all her strokes and holding her race skills, even when times get hard.
‘You should never give up, no matter how tough it is because as long as you’ve put the work in your time will come and you will do what you what to do’.
“You are, what you make it” and ” perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence”