USANA Australia is excited to officially welcome professional Snow Boarder Cora McCloskey to Team USANA. Cora is currently ranked No.1 in Australia and has currently competed at the Australian Junior Freeride Championships and the Interschool Australian Championships at Perisher with a result of Gold for both events!
Her interest in snow grew naturally as her family had always enjoyed the thrill and joy of snowboarding. Naturally Cora was drawn to the snow at a very young age and started skiing at two years of age at Thredbo. Once she got the hang of skiing she gave snowboarding a go and was mesmerised with the experience. Since then she never skied again and turned her attention to snowboarding. In 2014, Cora travelled to Colorado to compete in the USASA events and managed to grab a podium result, it was then and there she realised she had great potential to grow as an athlete.
Cora enjoys maintaining a healthy life style although admits it is a difficult process due to training locations. “Eating healthy is difficult up the mountain as there aren’t any healthy options so I pack my lunch everyday so I can pick exactly what I want to eat. I also go to the gym regularly to maintain my fitness and strength”, Says Cora.
In order for Cora to maintain her athletic stance her typical week was jam-packed for a 16-year-old! Her typical week included training from 7am to 1:30pm and then rush home to catch up on school work until 8pm. As the years progressed so did her results at a rapid pace. In 2015 she came home with 4 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze. In 2016 she secured 6 golds, 5 silvers, and 5 bronze. She knew she had to manage her time well and keep focused and motivated. “My number one motivation would have to be to put down my best run and go as fast as I can and achieve my goal to represent Australia internationally.”
The number one key factor to managing her busy schedule is time management. She believes in balancing training (both on snow and off snow), studies, and rest in a sensible manner.
With strong enthusiasm, Cora believes USANA can help improve her performance and allow her to compete at her best. “I am so lucky to become a part of the USANA Team. It is great to have such an amazing team supporting me in my sport. Snowboarding and training can be very demanding so its great to have USANA to help me achieve my goals!”
The advice Cora wants to give upcoming athletes is to “focus on all aspects of being an athlete. You must train hard at your sport but also look after yourself both mentally and physically. Having a positive attitude and having good sportsmanship is also extremely important.”
Moving forward, Cora’s main goal for the future is to represent Australia at the 2017 South Korea Winter Olympics.
We wish Cora the best of luck for her future endeavours and once again want to give her a very warm welcome to Team USANA!