Sport for Women

Nina Curtis

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Shooting
Location: Australia

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Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Winning the world championships in 2009 and getting the chance to represent Australia at the Olympic games in 2012.

Greatest achievement off the field: I completed a B.A in Human Movement Studies at UTS and graduated with a Credit in 2009.

I was awarded with the prestigious Pierre De Coubertin Award in my final year of High School and have completed two Sydney to Hobarts.

Who is your sporting heroine? Layne Beachley

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? Our training load varies a lot over the year. We are either in a sailing training block where we can sail up to 5 hrs a day, In a gym training block where we will train twice a day for about 2-4 hrs or a standard training day could also include 3 hrs on the water and 2 in the gym. We try to get at least one full day off a week to charge up the batteries or take a block of time out to freshen up.

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? In Match Racing we have a weight limit of 204kg. Split between three girls it is 68kg each. In the Elliot 6m the type of boat we are sailing the closer we are to that weight limit the faster we go. 68kg is above my natural weight so generally my diet plan involves eating a lot of food to maintain my weight. High levels of protein help me maintain my muscle bulk and I supplement with protein powder and bars when weight training or under a heavy training load to help me maintain my weight.

What do you love about your sport? Sailing is a sport where you are consistently challenged because it is heavily influenced by the environmental conditions. No two days are ever the same and you are always learning. I also love the travel and the experiences that come with being on tour, it is a very exciting lifestyle!

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? The worst part about sailing is when it rains, it’s very easy to get cold when you’re on the water for long periods of time.

What motivates you? I am a very competitive soul. I am completely consumed by the desire to do the very best I can, no matter what it is. I love to win and this ultimately motivates me.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I have completed my BA in Human Movement Studies and hope to continue my studies with a Masters in Physiotherapy once the Olympic cycle is over. In the mean time I do some sailing coaching and bar work to pay the bills.

Three words that describe you: Energetic, committed, competitive

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Respect the elements, and have a lot of fun!