With the Winter Olympic Games only 18 months away, NSWIS snowboarder Mahalah Mullins is one to watch. The 17 year old Albury native, had a massive season in 2015-16, claiming a top 10 finish on the World Cup Tour and a top 5 finish at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer (NOR).
Mahalah will be pushing for bigger and better results on the 2016-17 World Cup Tour, which will hopefully culminate in an Olympic debut.
In my spare time I like to…
Play the guitar and spend time with friends.
What inspired you to start a career in sport?
I just really enjoyed snowboarding and wanted to do it as much as I possibly could. I never really made a conscious goal of how far I wanted to go, I’ve just taken the opportunities that have been presented. I have been pretty lucky and I am super grateful for the opportunities that I have been given.
What sporting achievements are you most proud of?
My first junior world championships in 2013. I ended up crashing in the competition that I had been training for all season and travelled so far to compete at, but then that afternoon I went and built a jump and got my first photo in a magazine. I was pretty stoked to be able to turn the day around and make something out of it.
What do you do in your training that you believe is the key to your success?
Having fun is pretty important. I’ve definitely learnt that not having fun only sends you backwards.
Are there any athletes that inspire you?
I’ve always had a lot of respect for women competing in male dominated and low exposure sports with little incentive for money or fame.
What is one thing most people would not know about you?
Earl Grey is my favourite type of tea.