Reaching your potential with Olympian, Sarah Cowley Ross

This week Mikki talks to Olympian Sarah Cowley Ross on reaching her potential both in her sport and life after her professional career. We talk about what it took to get there and how she uses her skills now in sport media as a journalist and presenter to advocate for health, wellbeing and women participating and excelling in sport.

Sarah Cowley Ross is a NZ Olympian and Commonwealth Games representative in the heptathlon and high jump, a sports commentator and LockerRoom columnist in addition to being a marriage celebrant and amazing mum to Poppy and Max.

The versatility Sarah Cowley Ross displayed during her international athletics career has stood her in good stead for her life after sport. 

Sarah is a sought after and an experienced MC and Keynote speaker. She is a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee athlete commission, community education ambassador and works within the Olympic movement in the Oceania region.

A staunch proponent of women in sport, particularly in leadership and governance roles, Sarah is an alumni of the NZOC’s Women in Sport Leadership Academy (WISLA). 

Sarah’s athletics career spanned 15 years during which she became the New Zealand high jump and hepthalon champion, and attended numerous world championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. 

We talk about Sarah’s experiences growing up as an athlete in Rotorua and how her passion for the ultimate experience as an athlete led her to heptathlon and to represent NZ in the commonwealth and Olympic Games.

We also talk about her transition from athlete to mum and women’s advocate for sport and how she navigated this new chapter in her life.

Sarah can be found over at Lockerroom, where she regularly writes about sport, interviews athletes and shares her experiences, and over on instagram at aq

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