Day in the Life:
The youngest athlete on the Australian Olympic Team at the London 2012 Games, 16-year-old Brittany Broben showed remarkable poise to block out the pressures of Olympic competition and bring home silver in the 10m platform event.
Broben got into diving at the age of 11 after Olympic gold medallist Chantelle Newbery encouraged her to trial at a talent identification program. She had been competing at state and national level in gymnastics. She went on to claim silver in the 10m platform at the 2010 FINA Junior World Championships in Tucson, Arizona.
Brittany qualified again to compete in the Rio games, but unfortunately a shoulder injury has kept her out of competition. She looks forward to medaling in the next Commonwealth Games and revisiting her spot on the Olympic team in 2020.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Favorite Exercise: Running
Favorite Vegetable: Sweet Potato
Favorite Way to Center: Listening to music.
Personal Motto: Reach for the moon.
Brittany’s Day Plan:
- 430AM – Wake up
- 6AM – Training
- 830AM – Breakfast
- 10AM – Nap
- 130PM – Training
- 5PM – Drive Home
- 630PM – Dinner
- 830PM – Bed
What gets you out of bed every morning?
Exercise. I love to exercise… it makes me feel good about myself and makes my body feel good for the day.
What is the most important part of your daily routine?
Training. I train twice a day and those hours are the toughest but most rewarding.
Whose “O” would you most love to see?
Any of the American gymnasts. I love them.
What is your #1 wellness habit?
Looking after my skin… really finding any new things that help my body. I love looking after my body and finding new ways to do so.
What is the best piece of health advice you’ve ever received?
Sometimes the impossible might actually be possible.
Describe your sleep ritual.
I usually go to bed between 830-10PM every night. Sometimes I will watch a TV show or gymnastics on YouTube until I fall asleep.
Tell us about a time you were stuck in an unhealthy cycle and how you got out of it. What was the main inspiration for positive change?
When I was trying to get really fit and running everyday, my feet started to get injured. I struggle with a back injury and that flared up. That was a time where I wasn’t looking after my body and had to pull myself into line.
What is your favorite part about living a healthy lifestyle?
Feeling good about myself and feeling fit… being able to do a lot of things with out feeling exhausted.
If you could give one piece of health advice to your future kids, what would it be?
To feel good about yourself is the key. The most important thing in life to me is to look after yourself and be healthy, so that you give yourself the best possible chance in life!
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