Laura Quilter and her road to the World Lifesaving Championships.
Her relationship with Samantha Lee, her ambitions and her hobbies.
You are professional athletes both in swimming and surf lifesaving with great results in both sports, tell us which is the most incredible memory of your career.The most incredible memory: I have two! The moment our women’s relay won the Taplin and the Rescue World title in 2012, then the men’s team doing the same in 2014. New Zealand winning the National Teams Cup twice have been very special moments for me.
In 2013 I remember hearing people cheering after my 50m carry at the German Cup, I couldn’t see the scoreboard and had no idea I had broken the World Record! That was such a cool feeling, because everyone was excited to see the record get broken, regardless of what country I represented.
How do you experience your rivalry "between lanes" ?
The rivalry between Sam and I is awesome. It pushes us each to be better, we can't be complacent when the other is so close! Watching her perform motivates me to get up for the team and when we are racing the same event, it's all on.
We're used to ( or at least quite used to;)) see big results made by your aussie cousins, do you feel any pressure while competing against the gold and green team?
There is definitely some pressure lining up against the Auzzies. They are fiercely competitive, which makes racing even more exciting. New Zealand and Australia have an almost sibling-like rivalry. We love to compete, but also have a great deal of respect for one another.
The 2016 will be a busy year... will you be more focused on your surf lifesaving training or do you want to try a big shot in the swimming events?
2016 season this year I will be training primarily for the Rescue 2016 Championships. I will continue to race domestically for swimming this time round. I have actually just started my first ever full-time job! So my 2016 campaign is a lot different to the 2014 one, I have to learn to be very proactive and manage my time well. And of course I am still trying to find the time to write, that is my favourite hobby to fill time around training, study and work!
Do you feel the weight to prove one again your greatness after all your records recently broke in the pool events?
The weight to prove again I don’t really think about expectation too much. Living in the past can never really help prepare for the future if you spend too much time thinking about it. I like to approach the competition with a fresh mind and see what I am capable of!
Something about you outside the water.
Outside of the water I enjoy writing (https://lauraquilternz.com) I enjoy rock climbing and hope to learn to lead climb after world's. Beach walks are my favourite weekend activity, I sometimes get bored just sitting and talking over coffee (even though I love coffee!).
Thanks to Laura Quilter. Can't wait for your performances in Eindhoven 2016!