After graduating with a BA & MA in Literae Humaniores (Greats) from the University of Oxford, in the UK, I decided to pack my bags and hop on a plane to New Zealand to pursue a sporting career. Having developed a taste for athletics namely cross-country, cycling and triathlon, whilst at Oxford, I had been easily drawn by the complementary and pleasant distraction sport provided from studying. I captained both the Oxford University Cross Country Club and the Oxford University Cycling Club, and was awarded a Full Blue in both Cross Country and Triathlon alongside a Half Blue in Cycling. I found my studies benefitted wondrously from sport and from serving on several committees. Responsibility and fresh air do wonders for exams.
Having always lived by and advocated a winning formula of music, sport and academics, whilst at boarding school at Cheltenham College, in Gloucestershire, UK, I had the pleasure and privilege of laying down my foundations in each of these disciplines. ‘Variety is the spice of life.’
With a passion for languages, philosophy, history and logic, developed at a young age, Classics suited me perfectly at Oxford and I very much enjoyed my time at St Hilda’s College. Do visit their stunning riverside gardens if you are ever in Oxford yourself.
I cultivated a particular passion for international relations, history, political philosophy, formal logic, philosophy of logic and language, and Latin and Ancient Greek literature and Ancient History. I am also an avid reader of Ancient Greek tragedy and comedy and generally don’t say no to a good dose of satire or spoof.
I have written regularly in The Spectator Australia and you can follow me on Twitter @natasha_poole_ for commentary and the odd political plaisanterie. I have also recently written several books, so do watch this space. You can also find my writing in several defence and sporting publications.
After graduating from Oxford, I lived in New Zealand for 6 years and competed at national and international level in the tri-disciplinary sport of triathlon. I progressed to Elite level and represented New Zealand. At the same time as pursuing professional sport, I chose to personal train private clients and teach Group Fitness classes. I thoroughly enjoyed the variety and being able to assist others with their general health. I ran my own personal training business and taught a variety of specialist academic subjects contemporaneously, for the most part, upon request.
Please see my Personal Training page if you are looking for some direction in your own sporting journey, as I do still enjoy assisting the odd athlete.
Currently living in Queensland, Australia, I offer a variety of services for both national and international clients: from teaching, content writing and editing to proofreading and public speaking lessons.
If you would like to enquire about how I might be able to assist you with any of the above, please do not hesitate to send me a message via my Contact Page.
WRITER, EDUCATOR, EDITOR, ENDURANCE ATHLETE, CAREER AUTHOR, PERSONAL TRAINER