I compete in Kettlebell Sport known as Girevoy Sport (GS). GS is weightlifting with kettlebells or as I like to put it, endurance weightlifting.
I got into Girevoy Sport through my love of kettlebell training. I recently competed in the Australian National Championships where I won a Bronze medal for the Overall Biathlon and I qualified for the November 2017 World Championships in Seoul.
In doing so I’ve become the first New Zealand athlete ever to represent NZ at a World Championships.
On word, “discipline”. Knowing that
“results only come to those who pursue a life of learning, growth and hard work”
A great question. I’ve come to realise that planning and programming my day allows me time to focus on the areas that I need to at that set time. Training time is no exception.
In a kettlebell competition, there’s a one hour window after the first leg of a Biathlon before the second leg begins. Time is critical. If available, I get a 10min massage and I refuel my energy stores before I begin my second warm-up.
At the completion of a Biathlon event, it’s crucial for me to get the right order and timeframes for my optimum recovery.
Within 30mins to 1 hour: small nutritious meal + fluids replacement
Within 2 hours: large nutritious meal + monitor fluid levels
Within 4-6 hours: hot/cold therapy + self-myofascial release, and
Within 24-48 hours: full massage therapy
My motivation comes from within. As a child, I was a ‘wishful’ kid. I wished things would be better or I wished I could be better but as I found out that is not the secret to success.
My inspiration for success comes from believing that someone else’s opinion of me does not have to become my reality. I have what it takes to succeed and I want to prove to myself and to show others, especially children that
“you can achieve what you want if you have the right attitude”
Every time I compete in an event I need to have the same routine and the same respect for my body. I can’t avoid a post race/training routine because I won or lost or because I’m tired.
My future performance both physically and mentally requires me to refuel for success.
Born and raised in Wellington NZ, Dave joined the NZ Army after leaving school. He spent 9 years as a Soldier.
Moving to Australia in 2010, Dave began his career as a fitness professional, studying a Diploma of Fitness, before starting his career as a Personal Trainer.
Dave lives in Caboolture Qld, where he opened Onward Fitness in 2014. This is a private functional studio with a vision of empowering people from the inside out through a community and values-based culture.
In 2016, Dave founded Manward Inc, a NFP organisation where men come together to build stronger bodies and minds through fitness and mateship. The mission of Manward Inc. is two-fold. Firstly to provide a space for men to work on themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. The second mission is to reduce the rates of mental health issues and obesity amongst men in Australia.
Dave has been the recipient of 2 business awards in recent years. The awards at the 2015 Longman Awards and 2017 Glassy’s were both for his work and contribution within the community, extending to charity and philanthropic work.
Dave is married to Bernice, an amazing woman of strength and character, and they have two beautiful daughters.
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