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Sporting Schools School Yard to Sports Star Torah Bright

Torah Bright

Torah Bright, Olympic gold medallist snowboarder

Do you remember your first goal, score or win when you played school sport and how did it feel?

What I remember most from team sports is the pain of a soccer ball hitting me square in the face on a cold Cooma winters morning. I was goalie and someone scored a goal in my face. Oh, the sting!! It lasted for what seemed forever; I can still feel it now.

What’s your fondest memory of playing sport at school?

I loved skipping. We used to go out on the oval as a class and our teacher would call out instructions; high knees, left leg, crossed arms and we would continue until there was one left standing. Skipping is still on of my favourite ways to exercise and get the heart pumping! Netball was also a personal favourite.

How old were you when it ‘clicked’ that you wanted to be a professional sports player?

I had older siblings who were a part of sports at higher levels... I thought that's just what you did. I don't think I ever pursued a sport so it could be a profession, I just had a lot of fun while I was doing it. Luckily for me, my fun and hard work turned into my profession.

What are your top three tips to children about playing sport?

Make it fun. If you don't like what you are doing there are plenty of other sports or ways to move to be active and healthy.  If you’re not good at something it does not mean you should give up, you learn a lot about yourself and grow by pushing yourself; one day you might find that you’re actually pretty good. The more you practice, the better you will become – that goes for anything, really!

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Little Shredders program at your school? Check out all the details on the Ski and Snowboard Australia page.