Interview With An Aussie Snowboarding Legend

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Photo credit: Harald Benselin @HaraldBenselin

MEET BELLE BROCKHOFF

Belle is an FIAFitnation graduate who completed her Certificate III in Fitness last year.

Belle also happens to be a world champion snowboarder who recently dominated the Snowboard Cross World Cup in Montafon, Austria, taking home gold in the quarter final. She is now ranked second in the world (!!!) – a feat nothing short of unbelievable.

We caught up with Belle to find out a bit more about her recent victory and where she sees her professional career heading in the future.

Can you tell us a bit about your recent success at the Snowboard Cross World Cup?

“It was a really fun race! Don’t get me wrong, winning is really fun, but I learned so much in the finals – that meant a lot more to me than the actual win,” says Belle. “I had a bit of pressure from the last world cup win, but managed to pull through with the same result.”

How long have you been snowboarding, and how do you prepare for an event like this?

“I’ve been snowboarding for almost 14 years and competing in snowboard cross for almost 5 years now,” says Belle. “I try train as much as I can physically, mentally and on snow to prepare myself as much as possible. At the end of the day, you can’t replicate the pressure of a competition, so doing everything else as best as you can during training helps.” 

What inspired / motivated you to study your course at FIAFitnation?  What did you enjoy most about it?

“I love bettering myself in my sport,” says Belle. “I thought that learning more about physical training and which muscles are used would help a lot – which it has! I loved learning about how each muscle is used during exercise, and getting a more in-depth understanding of why I train a certain way at the gym.”

How would you describe your teachers/ the learning environment?

“Although I did my course online, the teachers were really helpful,” says Belle, “and the two day in-class workshop at the end was the highlight!” 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? How do think your FIAFitnation qualification will help you get there?

“I see myself in a place I want to be at in my sport and also in my life in general,” says Belle. “I’ll continue with my Certificate IV in Fitness as well this year, which will increase my knowledge of physical training even further.” 

One thing’s clear – the future looks stellar for this snowboarding superstar. Thanks for taking the time from your crazy training schedule to answer our questions, Belle – see you back for Cert IV!

To find out how you can get started on your own fitness career journey with the Certificate III in Fitness, visit the course page here.

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Photo credit: Harald Benselin @HaraldBenselin

This page was last updated on: Thursday 09 February 2017

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