As she prepares to compete at the FINA World Cup later in the year, along with Tokyo Olympics in 2020, Queensland water polo player, Bronwen Knox, is treading far more than water. She is currently balancing a busy training schedule, which consists of 2-4 hours of gym sessions, 3 swim sessions and 3-4 water polo specific sessions a week, along with a full-time job and studying a law degree full-time.
With a background in swimming, it wasn’t until the Sydney Olympics in 2000 that Bronwen became interested in the sport.
“My parents drove us down to attend some events. When the Australian women’s team made the gold medal match, my mum and I were lucky enough to get tickets. It was the first proper game I had ever seen, and I remember thinking that this was the sport for me,” she says.
This year the Aussie Stingers are preparing for World Cup in Russia, followed by the World Championships in South Korea in July 2019.
“We currently only centralise our program a year out from the Olympic Games. In the years leading up, we have a number of domestic based camps that run throughout our domestic season. From April to September, we spend our time travelling to train against other countries and compete at other tournaments,” Bronwen says.
This poolside champion is also champion an expert at multitasking, balancing the kind of schedule that most of us would shudder just looking at. In amongst all her training, competing, work and study, Bronwen is a breakfast fiend just like the rest of us avo-loving millennial.
“Obviously, my schedule is very busy and doesn’t leave me much down time. I always try to make sure that I am eating right and getting enough sleep, but I also try and carve out some time for myself each week. I’ve recently got into the ritual of post my Saturday morning session, heading to a café and enjoying a delicious breakfast while reading a book, the paper or catching up with family or friends.
“I love discovering different places in Brisbane.”