We are absolutely loving doing these interviews with some of New Zealand’s most talented athletes, fitness and wellness advocates, chefs and just down-to-earth good sorts! Sharing their stories and a little bit about themselves is such a powerful way to connect with one another and realise everyone is similar… But before we babble on for to much longer let us introduce this weeks mega champ… Zoe Mcbride is a stunning young girl from the spectacular South Island (just saying) who has won countless international GOLD medals in both age group and elite event’s. In 2014 Zoe and Soph (ya know megsandsoph, Soph) won their first World Championship gold medal together in the womens light double sculls in Italy! Now she is part of the elite double sculls and is on track to take out the big goal in 2020 Tokyo. Before we spill all the beans we caught up with Zo and made her answer all our questions so lets rip into it!
What’s your favourite food?
Very close tie between coconut yoghurt and chocolate (we hear ya!)
Who would you invite to dinner?
I’d love to have some of NZs great sporting women I look up to! Barbara Kendall, Irene Van Dyk, Lisa Carrington and Eliza McCartney to name a few!
Favourite sports brand to wear?
Tough choice… I do love ALOT sports brands. But narrowing it down I’d have to say Adidas!
I love food so cafes are a very important part of my life. At this point in time I’d have to say Vogel Street Kitchen Dunedin
Love challenging myself to a good Circuit!!
Favourite country to train and/or race?
Ahhh such a hard one! Definitely Bonhij, Slovenia for training… and for racing I’d probably say Aigueblette
Favourite music to train to?
I’m definitely a sucker for ones with a catchy beat! Have recently put on some original Now CDs which bring back some old hits!
Favourite music to drive with and belt out?
Give me some Ed Sheeran and Tay Swift and I’d be sorted. Maybe throw some Fergie in there to
‘It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.’
‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’
Top tip for self-confidence?
Always back yourself, if you can shine that confidence through everyone will see it to. And smile!
Top beauty tip?
Drink water, always wash your face before bed and get that beauty sleep!
Favourite recipe book?
Nadia Lim, we have been slowly going through her recipes and they are so fresh and delicious! And you will generally have everything you need in your pantry which I really rate
Favourite smoothie recipe?
Love me a good frozen banana, protein, berries and cacao smoothie!
What’s in your sports bag?
In my sports bag you’ll always find.. a visor, my stroke coach, couple of gels, water bottle, headphones and probably 3 extra pairs of socks. They tend to ….
Where do you find your motivation to go training when your super tired or having a bad day?
I think of what I want to get out of this and the end goals. There’s always crappy days so that’s when you have to look big picture
Being outdoors in general, café hopping and spending quality time with friends and family and as of this year Yoga 🙂
Quirky trait about yourself…
I’m a really fast reader!
What’s your something you learnt about nutrition recently?
I think I’ve just become more aware of my body and what works best for it, everyone is so individual so there’s no one perfect solution!
Where is your favourite place to visit in NZ?
Nelson! I grew up there so it has a special place in my heart and I absolutely love it
Coffee or tea?
I’m generally a tea girl! But you’ll know when the hard trainings hit me because you’ll see me downing coffee.
Smoothie or eggs for breakfast?
Eggs! Love coming home from a big morning with some hearty eggs and avo on toast.
First thing you do in the morning when you wake up?
Get up and make myself a hearty bowl of oats pre training
3 foods you can’t live without?
Avocado, banana and dark chocolate
Last thing you do before you go to bed?
Probably look at the training schedule the next morning.. sometimes not the best idea haha
What’s your mantra?
To be brave, back myself and don’t sweat the small stuff
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in sunny Nelson
What did you want to be when you grow up?
That is one answer that has constantly changed for me! There was definitely a nurse, nutritionist and physio in there at points! Still not one hundy on where I’ll end up!
What was your ‘ah-ha’ moment with health and fitness?
When I was in my last year of school and had been in the junior team and just been selected into RPC. That’s when I realised I had a chance to make it into a career.
What’s the best piece of advice your parents ever gave you (or grandparents)?
Both my parents and grandparents are a big part of my life and have helped shape me to who I am today. They would just tell me to not sweat the small stuff and to follow your gut.
If you could tell your high-school self anything, what would it be?
That you don’t have to be 100% on where you want to go in life. It’s all about learning about yourself and experiencing life and the right opportunity and path will come along at the right time. Don’t stress if you don’t know what it is right now.
How do you minimise stress in your life?
Definitely putting things in perspective. Going for a long walk with a friend and these days also yoga!
What’s your favourite way to show yourself some ‘self lovin’?
Going and getting my nails done, getting a facial or getting brow and lash touch ups. Look good feel good
What’s your favourite snack on the go?
Tom and Luke snackaballs!!
Favourite comfort food?
Banana pancakes, topped with all sorts of goodies or little island coconut icecream.
Seeing as I’m a professional rower… I’d have to say rowing haha.
Can’t currently think of one!
Best natural cold/ flu remedy?
Favourite online shop?
What clothing are you caught most wearing?
Generally live in active wear, good for all situations am I right?
Most exciting event in your life to date?
When I made my first elite team and got to spend 3 months in Europe! Then winning World Champs in the lightweight single there with my Mum, Dad and Aunt there to support me.
Thanks so much for answering all our questions Zo and we both look forward to cheering you on in the near future when you head over to the World Cup’s and Henly regatta’s 🙂
Who else would you guys like us to interview or have any other questions for Zoe leave them in the comments below…
Megs and Soph x