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Boxing

Kristy Harris

Quote you live by
One person’s craziness is another person’s reality
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why
Low Carb vanilla powder- a perfect recovery drink with cold milk or water after training that helps me maintain my weight and tastes awesome
 
Greatest Sporting Achievement
Representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
My dad took me into a boxing gym being friends with the owners and convinced me to start training
 
What is your best training tip?
Be very aware of your body. Everyone is different so no one should have the same training program. Notice signs (over training) and be able to adjust your program if needed
 
On average how long do you spend training a week?
12-15 hours
 
What is your go to before race meal?
Coffee and banana
 
How do you stay motivated with training?
Because of how bad I want it. You have to work for what you want
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is?
Being able to do what I love every day and the experiences
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
Over coming injury- mental strength, adapting to new training programs, learning more about your body, resilience, exploring other things you never would of and patience.
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
Head phones in with my “fight” playlist, relaxed, banana and coffee earlier then begin light stretching and warming up which is increased as we get closer to some short sharp pad work with my coach
 
Who inspires you and why?
Every athlete who has dealt with a big injury and re-built themselves back to competing level
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 

50+ fights, 4 x National champion, representative at 3 world championships and Commonwealth Games, 2015 National best female international boxer, 7  medals at international tournaments 

Brazillian Jiu Jitsu

Adam Assuncao

Quote you live by: 
Winning is not the goal. The goal is to achieve the performance required to win.
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why: 
WPI and BCAA
 
How do you stay motivated with training? 
My goal is to make it to the top of MMA one step at a time. My ultimate goal is to be a UFC champion.
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 
3rd World BJJ Quarter – Finalist
2nd Pan Pacific Championships
1st 2011 machado Nationals

Track and field (long jump)

Brooke Stratton

Quote you live by:
“Sore body today = Strong body tomorrow” 
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why:
MUSASHI P30 UHT Drink. It is my favourite because it is the perfect post training recovery drink and it is convenient to take with me to training as well. 
 
Greatest Sporting Achievement :
7th place at the 2016 Rio Olympics
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
My older brother Jamie started little athletics two years prior to me. When I was old enough I wanted to get involved as my brother had so much fun every week. I wanted to do the same! 
 
What is your best training tip?
Listen to your body when you are feeling sore or have a little niggle. It is smart to be cautious and STOP. 
 
On average how long do you spend training a week?
I train 6 days a week with one rest day. 
 
What is your go to before race meal?
With a lot of my competitions being at night, I will generally have 2 pieces of toast for breakfast with a coffee. For lunch I will have a salad as late as I can manage without it being too close to my competition. I will generally snack on some fruit throughout the day. 
 
How do you stay motivated with training?
By setting goals both short term and long term, and having them to work towards. 
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is?
Being able to travel the world and meet some incredible people along the way all whilst doing what you love. The feeling of reaching goals and achieving what you set your mind too is very rewarding. 
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
Having to withdraw from the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games due to a stress fracture in my lower back. I learnt to stay positive through the tough times and concentrate on what you can do, rather then what you cant do. 
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
Prior to a competition I usually spend most of the day chilling out and going through the motions in my head. I like to go for a little walk to get the body moving, so I’m not feeling lethargic. When I get to the track my warm up consists of a couple of laps, some stretches, drills and run throughs. 
 
Who inspires you and why?
Athletically I looked upto the likes of Bronwyn Thompson and Cathy Freeman as a child. My parents are two of my biggest inspirations. They have shown me first hand that hard work is what it takes to achieve your dreams.  
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 
- 7th at the 2016 Rio Olympics
- Australian Open Long jump record holder- 7.05m 
- 5th at the 2016 World Indoor Championships 

Boxing

Clay Waterman

Quote you live by 
3D's - Determination - Defies - Defeat
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why 
Essential Aminos and Muscle Recovery helps me rejuvenate quick.
 
How did you get into your chosen sport? 
Family - 5th generation boxer
 
What is your best training tip? 
Repetitive work
 
On average how long do you spend training a week? 
12 - 20 hours depending on height of competition
 
What is your go to before race meal? 
Steak and salad
 
How do you stay motivated with training? 
I always focus on what I want
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is? 
I thrive on being challenged
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it? 
Just missing out on going to the Olympics and learning it is not the end.
 
What is your pre-race ritual? 
I eat a good meal and then I focus alone.
 
Who inspires you and why? 
Mike Tyson - the way he fights
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 

Junior World Champion 2011

AFL

Jake Stein

Quote you live by
Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why
P8 Low Carb Protein bar. I always have one before training to give me that little boost and one to two after training to get me back up before my next session or meal
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I started off in tiny tots when I was 4 and began doing all the events at a young age and just kept progressing through from youth to juniors and now to seniors
 
What is your best training tip?
Train hard but train smart. Quality is always better than quantity
 
On average how long do you spend training a week?
30+ hours per week
 
What is your go to before race meal?
On the morning of a competition I always have a bowl of weet-bix
 
How do you stay motivated with training?
I am lucky enough to have multiple disciplines to train for so the fact I have so many things to work on is always challenging and so
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is?
The fact that I can do what I love and still chase various goals and targets. As well as the different people I get to meet and the many places I get to see
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it? 
False starting twice in the 100m at the Commonwealth Games and being disqualified from the 100m. Essentially being challenged in life is inevitable but it is how you deal with those challenges that matters.
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
I wouldn't say I really have one. I like to just be by myself for a minute or two and just visualise the race/jump/throw I plan on executing
 
Who inspires you and why?
Daley Thompson (1980 & 84 Olympic Champ). His attitude, tenacity and competitive nature was second to none. When he stepped on the track he gave 100% every time
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 

Winning the 2011 World Youth (u18) Championships and breaking the World Record in the progress

Freeride Jetskiing

Joel Barry

Quote you live by
Don’t be afraid to take risks
 
Greatest Sporting Achievement
Coming top 10 in the World in jetski racing and then transitioning into Freeride jetskiing and being competitive at the top of the sport within 12 months.
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
My dad and also my mum used to race jetskis back in the 80’s and 90’s and they introduced both my brother and I too it at an early age.
 
What is your best training tip?
Try to find an activity that you enjoy doing that also benefits your training goals. More likely to stick at it that way and have fun while doing it.
 
On average how long do you spend training a week?
I Try to get out jetskiing atleast once a week. I work a pretty vigorous job throughout the week that keeps me in shape for the jetskiing.
 
What is your go to before race meal?
Pasta
 
How do you stay motivated with training?
Like above, I try to find activities that I enjoy doing that also benefit my training. I do a bit of kitesurfing, mountain bike riding and get out on the jetski as often as I can.
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is?
The feeling I get when I accomplish something ive never done before and also having a group of us that push each other to be better and better
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
Had to have a shoulder reconstruction last year. Learnt that I have to look after my body and some days when its just not feeling right to not push quite as hard.
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
Nothing really consistent. Just check out the surf conditions and make sure everythings all good on my jetski.
 
Who inspires you and why?
My Dad. He’s always working so hard to make sure theres nothing wrong with my ski and will spend hours on end working helping me work on it if that’s what needs to happen. He’s still pretty handy on a ski too.
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 
2017 Huck N Hold Pro #2
2017 New Zealand Festival of Freeride Best Trick Winner
2016 Huck n hold Biggest Air Winner
2016 Jetsport West Freeride Festival Best Trick Winner
2016 Victorian Amateur Freeride Champion
2014 Australian Flatwater Pro Ski Champion
2014 Australian Pro Ski Surf Racing Champion
2014 Pro Ski World #10
2013 Australian Pro Ski Surf Racing Champion
New Zealand Lites ski pro #2 2008
Australian Junior Racing Champion 2006-2008
Junior ski 13-15 y.o World #2 2007

Judo

Josh Katz

Quote you live by
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to rank with those poor timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat”
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why
Shred and Burn Protein Bars – one of the tastiest bars I’ve had before and are a really good snack and treat to eat after training
 
Greatest Sporting Achievement
Qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
Both of my parents competed in judo and are now coaches, so I was brought up around judo all the time and started officially when I was 5 at my parents judo club.
 
What is your best training tip?
When you are looking for the energy to train and push yourself through the hardest sessions, find the reason that you are doing the training in the first place – thinking about your ultimate goal will always help you to get more out of yourself. 
 
On average how long do you spend training a week?
I train 3 times a day, 5-6 days a week (around 17 sessions a week)
 
What is your go to before race meal?
I generally always have porridge the morning of a competition, but sometimes it all depends on what country your competing in!
 
How do you stay motivated with training?
When I’m struggling for motivation to train or to do more, I always try to think about the worst feelings I’ve had after losing in competition, and that I don’t want to ever feel like that again. It’s also important to have a balance outside of training and relax to give your mind a chance to recover as well so that training is enjoyable and doesn’t feel like a chore.
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is?
The ability to do what I love full-time as a career and lifestyle, which is so rare to be able to do for most people. It also allows me to be able to travel all over the world to compete and train that I otherwise would never have been able to do.
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
Losing at the Olympic Games was very difficult to handle – feeling the expectation of so many people and knowing they are all watching. It definitely put competing into perspective for me and now I take the support of others as positive energy as opposed to seeing it as pressure on myself.
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
Before I walk out onto the mat, I slap my arms and legs to get loose and then squat for the final few seconds to gather my thoughts.
 
Who inspires you and why?
I’ve always been inspired by Tadahiro Nomura (Japan), the only judo player to ever win a gold medal at 3 Olympic Games, by his unbelievable achievements. I always find a lot of motivation from my brother as well, who I look at to always push myself further and as a target to achieve.
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 
Youngest Australian male to ever qualify for the Olympic Games in judo 
(18 years old)
2016 African Open Tunisia Bronze Medal 

2016 Pan American Open Lima 5th Place
8 time Australian National Champion
9 time Oceania Continental Champion 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Livia Gluchowska

Favourite Musashi Product and Why: 
Low carb Creamy Berry protein bar because it's delicious, low in calories and a perfect snack before training and during competitions. 
 
Greatest Sporting Achievement
Winning Brown Belt World Championships in 2016 and becoming the first Australian to win a brown belt gi world title. 
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I was a gymnast for 12 years, then a sprint cyclist for 6 years before I decided to retire to get a university degree (I'm a physiotherapist). I started BJJ at my local gym because I was sick of shadow boxing and the Jiu Jitsu guys looked like they were always having fun. I never looked back after my first class. 
 
What is your best training tip?
Have fun and keep it in perspective. I like having goals for each training session, so that I can get the best out of myself every time I enter the gym.
 
On average how long do you spend training a week?
I usually train 2 x per day Monday to Friday and once on Saturday or Sunday. Training sessions go for 1.5-2 hrs. I train BJJ - gi and no gi and I wrestle 3 x a week. When I'm injured or not too fatigued I also lift weights. 
 
What is your go to before race meal?
Wholemeal toast with peanut butter, banana and honey and a Musashi P8 Low Carb Protein Bar. 
 
How do you stay motivated with training?
I really enjoy training so it never feels like a chore. BJJ is a skill based sport so there is always something to learn and to get better at. I compete a lot which keeps my motivation high. Most importantly though, I love the community at my gym and want to be around my friends every day. 
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is?
I love pushing myself beyond what I ever thought was possible. I get out of my comfort zone every single day. I love being fit and strong. I also love the feeling of executing a skill, learning and winning. Being an athlete allows me to travel the world, see amazing places and meet some incredible people. 
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
Tearing my ACL of my knee 3 weeks before a major event was heartbreaking. However in retrospect, I can see that it has made me a better athlete. I've had to change and adapt my game and in the process learnt many new skills. Mentally, I have never been tested so much, but getting through the tough times has made me realise just how tough I am. 
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
I usually like to focus, meditate and laugh with my BJJ friends. 
 
Who inspires you and why?
I draw inspiration from many top level athletes in Jiu Jitsu. The person who inspires me every day though is my partner and my coach Lachlan Giles. He is extremely good at what he does, he is smart, kind and fair. My teammates who push me and make me laugh every day are my real heros. 
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 
3 x World Champion:
 
2016 Brown Belt World Champion (rooster)
2013 Purple Belt World Champion no gi (light feather)
2013 Blue Belt World Champion (light feather)
 
Copa Podio Champion - Vikings vs Kangaroos Challenge 2016
 
2 x Asian Champion:
 
2016 Brown Belt Asian Champion (light feather)
2014 Purple Belt Asian Champion (light feather) 
 
Silver medalist 2015 World Championships , purple belt (light feather)
 
11x Pan Pacific Champion

Judo

Nathan Katz

Quote you live by
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to rank with those poor timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat”
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why
Musashi Shred and Burn Protein- perfect for recovery post-training, and for when I start to diet before competition.
 
Greatest Sporting Achievement
Becoming the first brothers (alongside Josh) to ever qualify for the Olympic Games in Judo- Rio 2016.
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
My mum was also an Olympian in 1988 for Judo and my Dad was the Olympic coach. They are both heavily involved in Judo and coach both Josh and me. We were pretty much born playing on the mats watching them coach. 
 
What is your best training tip?
I think it’s important to enjoy the process and to leave no stone unturned in preparation. My mum always told me when I was young that every session you miss or don’t give 100% is a session that you can never get back on the other athletes in the world working hard. Everyone at the highest level works hard but its that little bit extra after training, or before that can make the smallest of difference. 
 
On average how long do you spend training a week?
On average, Monday to Friday I have 2-4 sessions/day, depending on the training/competition cycle with sessions lasting between 40minutes and 2 hours. Saturday I normally have only 1 session or a short 2nd session, and Sunday is for rest/recovery. 
 
What is your go to before race meal?
Normally just a lot of carbs with some protein after the weigh-in. Normally pasta, porridge, egg, chicken etc to refuel after making weight.
 
How do you stay motivated with training?
I always stay motivated for training by focussing on the end goal, and what it will take to get there. Using past experiences, such as losing at the Olympics makes it easy to stay motivated. Never wanting to have that feeling of losing at that level again, and chasing that dream of an Olympic Gold medal. Ofcourse, there are so many days when you wake up tired and sore but focussing on the end goal will always get me out of bed and motivated for training. 
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is?
I get to do the thing I love most- training full-time and competing on the biggest stages in the world, whilst travelling the world with my best mates, and alongside my family. Experiences and opportunities that wouldn’t exist without success in Judo. 
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
Definitely losing at the Olympic Games to someone I had beaten 8 months earlier. There is no feeling quite like the realisation that your dream will have to wait another 4 years. From this though, I have learnt to fight without fear of losing and too truly believe in my abilities on the mat.
 
What is your pre-race ritual?
From finishing my warm up, through to walking through to marshalling and gi-control I use put my headphones on, listen to music and focus entirely on my fight. 
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 
RIO 2016 Olympian
Top 3 on Junior World Ranking List (2015)
Highest ranked Male Australian Athlete on World Ranking List.
First Australian to fight in the World Masters (TOP 16 invitational)
First Australian to place TOP 7 in Grand Slam Event in Olympic Qualifying- Tokyo 2015.
Multiple time National and Oceania Champion.

Rugby 7s

Tom Connor

Quote you live by
“If it were easy everybody would do it”
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why: 
Musashi Re-Activate, because it gives me the extra energy to push through the pain late on during tournaments when it really counts.
 
Greatest Sporting Achievement: 
Making my Australian 7s debut.
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
Got asked to play in a 7s tournament when I finished high school and immediately fell in love with the speed and precision of the game.
 
What is your best training tip? 
Mix up your training where possible and keep your body guessing.
 
On average how long do you spend training a week? 
About 15hrs per week.
 
What is your go to before game meal? 
Spaghetti Bolognese
 
How do you stay motivated with training? 
Mix it up and make sure your training with people who share the same goals and aspirations as yourself.
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is? 
Being able to continually push your limits and test yourself against the best in the world.
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
Getting dropped after playing poorly taught me that there is always a second chance, that a good performance is only one game away.
 
What is your pre-game ritual? 
Writing a personal message on my wrist and changing boots following a loss.
 
Who inspires you and why? 
Conor McGregor. His dedication and absolute obsession with being the best in his sport is something I admire and try to replicate in my own preparation.
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 

Australian Schoolboys, Australia U19s, Warringah 1st Grade, NSW 7s, Australia 7s.

Fitness Modeling

Zak Taylor-Kleckin

Quote you live by
"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful" Eric Thomas
 
Favourite Musashi Product and Why: 
Musashi Lean WPI because it is a great tasting, low sugar and fat, quality whey protein isloate. It helps me build muscle as well as staying lean.
 
How did you get into your chosen sport?
I was encourage by my father
 
What is your best training tip? 
It is extremely important to me and my performance. There is no way I would be able to perform at my best without  fueling my body with the right supplements
 
Set goals for every session and focus on what's important. Never sacrifice technique for weight, make sure you control every movement and keep constant tension through your muscles.
 
On average how long do you spend training a week? 
I train around 9 hours per week.
 
What is your go to before game meal? 
Tuna pasta with a tomato based sauce.
 
How do you stay motivated with training? 
I always focus on my "why?". Why is training important to you? Why did I get started on my journey? If your reason for training is meaningful enough, you'll always be motivated to conquer your goals.
 
The thing I love most about being an athlete is? 
I love the constant challenge of training and competition. I love that I can also play a part in helping others believe in themselves and set out to achieve their own goals.
 
Toughest experience in your career and what have you learnt from it?
I fell off a motorcycle overseas just as my competition preparation was starting. I had to be on crutches for 4 weeks which was extremely tough on me both physically and mentally. I learned to stay strong, positive and focus on all the things I could do rather than get overwhelmed by the things I couldn't. 
 
What is your pre-game ritual? 
I visualize myself going through every movement on stage and hearing my name being called at the award ceremony. "and this years winner is... Zak Taylor-Kleckin!"
 
Who inspires you and why? 
Greg Plitt is my biggest inspiration and idol. His no excuse attitude, positivity and mental strength is contagious. When I hear him speak, I'm immediately motivated to perform better in all aspects of my life.
 
GenNext Key Achievements: 

Runner up Model Australia and Asia Pacific Fitness Model u30