posted on December 18, 2012 14:38
My name is Kristi Dorotich and I am a Lightweight rower currently rowing out of Hobsonville under the Auckland Regional Performance Centre. I am training 12 times a week for the upcoming NZ Banklink National Championships held in Twizel in February 2013. I have also recently been selected for the NZ Youth Olympic Festival Team, which will be held in Penrith Australia in January 2013.
This is my story about my rowing journey to-date of which Ginny from Outlook for Life has been there along side me every step of the way so far. Her AMAZING help and guidance has been, and continues to be invaluable.
I look back now, two years ago when I first took up Rowing in my last year of school (2011). I had always been a very active schoolgirl and did every sport you could think of; Swimming, Netball, running, the list goes on. I attended King’s College (Auckland) for my last two years of college because sport was such a huge part of my daily life and it was a big part of their curriculum. Being a relatively fit, strong and competitive girl, rowing came easy to me. At the New Zealand Secondary Schools National Rowing Champs, (Maadi Cup) in 2011 as a Novice or first year rower, my doubles partner Emma Sherratt and I won by a convincing lead the U18 Novice Double Sculls.
From this moment on all I have wanted to do is row. I always train hard as I want to achieve success. It was at this point I came to see Ginny at Outlook for Life to learn to manage and understand correct eating as an athlete and also to drop some of those extra kilos I had gained at boarding school.
Through correct eating and management, I dropped around 6 kilos going from 73kgs down to 67kgs. I was a happy and healthy athlete at this weight and was making huge improvements with my rowing as well as feeling great about my body.
For me to take my rowing to a higher level, it was suggested to me by the Auckland Regional Performance Management that I should consider becoming a lightweight rower as my height was always going to make it tough for me competing against the larger, taller girls as a heavyweight rower.
After this suggestion by Management, I sought Ginny’s advice as I was expected to maintain my weight at 62kgs as a winter lightweight rower.
With Ginny’s knowledge, professional advice, and positive encouragement we together worked on a program so that I could trial for the NZ U21 Rowing team to compete against the Australian States in the Youth Cup at Penrith in Sydney.
Out target was for me to get from 66kgs to 60.3kg in a space of 2 months which was a tough challenge as my body had never been this light before. I was very close to weight and thankfully managed to get there successfully for weigh-in. My racing was also a success and I was selected for the team.
My training continued with Auckland RPC and 3 weeks prior to crossing the ditch over to Australia I trained and lived at lake Karapiro where I rowed out of the NZ Rowing High performance Centre along side our Olympic Medalists. The Youth Cup was a success for the whole of the NZ U21 Team winning the Rusty Robinson Trophy for overall points and myself gaining a silver medal in the Light weight double sculls and gold in the quad and also in the eight.
My goal for the future is to make the NZ U23 Rowing team in the next 2 years and compete for NZ in the lightweight double combination at the Olympics in 2020. I hope to win a gold medal in the lightweight double sculls at the upcoming Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January 2013.
Ginny is continuing to help me manage my nutrition, as I will be expected to be 60.3kgs for The Australian Youth Olympic Festival and 57kgs by February next year for the NZ Banklink National Championships.
Ginny’s professional advice and encouragement will continue to guide me through my rowing journey. Monthly appointments will be maintained to monitor and track my eating and weight. I am also emailing and constantly keeping in contact with her, seeking advice and encouragement as I continue on my journey as a high performance athlete. Ginny is my rock and will be there to guide me in my plan to reach the top as “Its not the question of getting rid of the butterflies but a question of getting them to fly information.”