During these competitive years you encounter a lot of your family, friends and outsiders saying, “you don’t have an education, and you wont have anything to fall back on once your squash career is over”. Well I can say that this is so far from the truth.
If your open-minded I believe your sporting career is the best apprenticeship you can experience. You learn life skills, you meet and see so many different cultures and people around the world. You also learn how to fend for yourself, you learn resilience, you learn how to be organised and you learn how to set goals.
For me I have always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. The thought of working for myself and running my own company is the ultimate!
During 2015 I worked for Squash Australia as the High Performance Administrator/Go to person. And in this role one of my tasks was to source green and gold uniforms for the Women’s World Team Championships. I quickly learnt that finding good quality, comfortable, stylish outfits in team colours was not easy. There was not a lot of variety and not a lot of stylish outfits out there to choose from. This is where I discovered there was a niche market and from there ‘Backyard Birdies’ was created.
Backyard Birdies is owned and run by myself and my partner Marcus. I’ve had many people ask me where did the name "Backyard Birdies" come from?! Well, Marcus and I love the outdoors. With our love of the outdoors, nature, and a connection with people and wild life we have several little visitors that visit our backyard every day to hang out. We have a family of Magpies - Manny, Mumma and Baby, 3 butcher birds - Pepe, Kooee, P.J. and Trevor the Kookaburra.
This is how the name "Backyard Birdies" was started.
I will always be grateful to squash for the life skills it has given me, and I hope in some small way, Backyard Birdies encourages other athletes to take risks, to try new things, to redefine…and to not let anyone persuade you from your dreams.