Raised in Timaru, she is now based in Christchurch under the expert tutelage of Dale Stevenson.
A versatile athlete, she previously competed in triple jump and discus before fully focusing on the hammer throw in late 2019.
She has surpassed the Olympic qualifying mark of 72.50m four times, most recently at the 2021 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Championships in March.
Her personal best is a huge 73.47m – a distance that would have placed her in the top six at each of the past three global championships (2016 Olympics and 2017 and 2019 World Championships) and won gold at every women's hammer competition in Commonwealth Games history.
She enjoys a friendly rivalry with fellow Kiwi hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe, who has also been selected in the New Zealand team for Tokyo 2020.