After graduating with a BA & MA in Literae Humaniores (also known as 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 several other publications, including defence, think tank 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 do contact me if you are looking for some direction in your own sporting journey, as I do still enjoy assisting the odd athlete.
Currently living in Sydney, Australia, I offer a variety of services for both national and international clients: from teaching, analysis, reporting, content writing, proofreading and editing – to proofreading and public speaking lessons.
If you would like to enquire about how I may be able to assist you with the above, please do not hesitate to send me a message via my Contact Page.
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WRITER, AUTHOR, EDUCATOR, EDITOR, ENDURANCE ATHLETE, PERSONAL TRAINER