Elizabeth Forsyth


Beach sprinter – Surf Lifesaving


2018 Women’s Stawell Gift Winner

2018 Australian Open Female Beach Sprint and Beach Flag Champion

Australian Lifesaving Team Representative

Tell us a bit about you and your journey…

I started in Surf Lifesaving at the age of 6 and had a passion for it straight away. I began training at 10 years old but didn’t start to take things seriously until 15 or 16. I won a few medals as a junior and made some finals in my first couple years in the open category but had my breakthrough season this year where I produced some great races that I’m really proud of.

I train with the Viking Athletics squad which branch from Currumbin Surf Club. In my past few years with them I have started to incorporate a few more track meets and gift races into my season. This helps to provide a bit of variety to my competition calendar which I love. I’m also part of the coaching team with Viking Athletics and take the sessions for our Junior Excellence Program.

Away from my athletic journey, I’m currently completing my last semester in a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and wish to move into the cardiology field as I have a very strong interest in the cardiac system and the disease processes associated with cardiac disorders.

What is your proudest moment thus far?

My proudest moment would definitely be winning the Stawell Gift earlier this year. The Stawell Gift has been running since 1878 and is such a prestigious event. Winning it is a sprinters dream, so it’s pretty special to now be a part of its history.

Tell us about your morning routine

My morning routine differs depending on what day of the week it is. If I have a bit of a later start I like to get up and take my dogs for a walk, then make some protein pancakes for brekky with PranaOn Power Plant or Primal protein. On my more rushed days a green smoothie with the Super greens and Phyto Fire protein with banana, pineapple and spinach is my absolute go-to!

What’s your favourite PranaOn product?

If I had to decide it would probably be the Coconut milk Power Plant Protein – this paired with coconut water is absolutely AMAZING and it’s always my post workout option. But I also love the Vanilla Crème and Himalayan Salted Caramel flavours and cannot go past the pomegranate Intra Strength – I don’t do a session without it.

Any superstitions?

Every time I get into my starting blocks for a race I do the same routine – brush my fingers against my hips, tighten my pony tail and scratch my face. Super strange but I’ve done it for as long as I can remember.

Do you prefer training in the morning or evening?

I would much rather train in the evening. I have more energy in the afternoon and feel that I get the most out of my sessions at this time as well (it’s much harder to sprint first thing in the morning).

Where can we find you on a Saturday?

Saturday’s start at the track for me, followed by a gym session then an ice bath for some recovery. I then head to work for a few hours and often love to end my afternoon off with a beach walk with my dogs.

What’s on the horizon for you?

I have been selected in the Australian Lifesaving Team for the World Championships which is super exciting. This is coming up at the end of November so I’m really focused on that at the moment. Following that I will train through to the National Championships in April. Aside from my running, I have always wanted to try out a powerlifting comp, so I might give that a go in my off/pre-season next year!

Favourite motto to live by:

I have a few favourites and one of them is; Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.

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