I’m a 20 year old man from Melbourne, Australia, who has loved sport and fitness my whole life. I’ve always been dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and to trying new things and in 2017 in particular, so much changed.
I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science at ACU. This year, 2018, is the final year of my degree and I’m super excited about the opportunities it will provide me with. In the 3 years of my degree, I have developed a tremendous knowledge of physical activity, health and outdoor education. This course has been fantastic as I love nothing more than being active, especially in the outdoors! Last semester I studied my 2 favourite units, ‘Resistance Training: Science and Application’ and ‘Exercise Testing and Prescription.’ These units allowed me to learn how to construct detailed cardiovascular and resistance training programs for people of all ages, experience levels and abilities.
Up until September 2017, I had played Australian Rules Football my whole life for the Vermont Eagles. In 2017, I was lucky enough to captain my under 19s team to an undefeated premiership season, which is something I’m so grateful for and will remember forever! Since then I have ran in the Melbourne Marathon and the Great Ocean Road 60km Ultra Marathon. While my running journey is a new one, I am so passionate about it and I can’t wait for years of adventures with running to come. I’m excited to see where my legs can take me!
Before my 60km Great Ocean Road Ultra Marathon, I was asked by the media company of the run, “what or who motivates you to run further.” That question really hit my heart. My true inspiration comes from my former football teammate, Joseph Moschetti, who sadly passed away unexpectedly in his sleep in 2016. I’m blessed to have known Joe; he lived every single day with pure passion and he respected everyone for who they are; which are two traits I pride myself on. I’ve dedicated myself to run around Australia for Joey in 2021. It will no doubt be a tough experience, backing up 60+km runs every single day for nearly 8 months, but it is an experience I am beyond excited for. When I’m suffering physical, mental and emotional pain, I will only have to think about Joey and the way he lived his live, to be inspired to keep on running forward. It will all be worth it when I cross the finish line with his family by my side, as we raise money and awareness for The Compassionate Friends. I will be leaving Vermont Recreation Reserve on January 1st, 2021 and finishing back there on or before July 30th 2021. July 30th, 2016 was the date Joe sadly passed away, which is why I want to finish the journey then to be home for that significant date.
I am also regularly inspired by amazing endurance athletes such as Rich Roll, Samantha Gash and Turia Pitt. In case you haven’t heard of these athletes: Rich Roll completed 5 full distance ironman triathlons (which is a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and a 42.195km run) in Hawaii across a 7 day period, on an entirely plant based diet. Samantha Gash ran 3,253kms across India in 67 days, in 40 degree heat nearly every day! Turia Pitt overcame life threatening injuries she sustained in a bushfire while running an ultra marathon. She was told in 2011 that she will never run again and since then she has completed two full distance ironman triathlons and is now a mindset coach/motivational speaker all over the world.
My life changed significantly in 2017, when I attended Tony Robbin’s UPW event. Before I went to Unleash The Power Within, I really struggled to maintain a positive attitude, given some of my life experiences. For the first 18 years of my life I would always ask myself, ‘why did my life have to be like this’ or ‘why do my friends have a more enjoyable life than me? I would always look at my life as if it was happening to me and that I had no way of changing it. Tony shifted my mindset to understanding that if we discover our purpose, we can create our own life. He helped me discover my true passion which is helping people, so I am working towards a career that supports that passion.
Lastly, he taught me that in order to achieve the things that are so important to us, we must set challenging goals and visualise success. Successful people aren’t successful because they are lucky, it is because they know what they want, they set goals and they don’t stop until they achieve them.
I’m a person who most importantly loves making other people happy but also thrives on challenges and loves proving people who doubt me wrong. If I can inspire people anything like my role model Tony Robbins, I will be forever be fulfilled and grateful for the life I have had.