Elise Franetic

Nicknames: I don't really have a nickname, but some people call me Franners. It was my older brother's nickname.

Place of birth: Melbourne.

Please list your sporting career highlights:

  • 2014 Rowing Junior World Championships (Hamburg, Germany) 5th place in the A Final of the Women's Eight
  • 2014 HOSG 1st place in the 1st Eight Division.

At what age did you start seriously training and competing in your sport(s)?

After the schoolgirls rowing season finished in March 2014, I was selected into the Australian Junior Women's Eight, which is when I stared competing and training at a high level

What (and/or who) got you started in the sport?

I started with all my friends in year eight in my school's junior rowing program. It was however my senior coaches who inspired me to continue rowing.

Are other family members involved in sport? 

  • My brother plays VFL for Boxhilll Hawks
  • My dad used to play VFL for Richmond

Who has been the biggest influence in your sporting career?

My senior coaches were the ones who inspired me to keep rowing. They had faith in my ability and taught me how to work to my potential.

Who has been the biggest influence in your academic life?

At MLC the Vice-Principal (Ms Horton). I worked with her a lot during year 10 through the SRC and I really admired her values and work ethic.

Do you support any other sport and/or teams?

My family are huge football fanatics and ever since I was little I've been a big Essendon supporter. I also follow the netball and support the Melbourne Vixens and Australian Diamonds.

How do you relax? Do you have other life interests outside of your sport? 

I love catching up with friends and going out for lunch. I also really enjoy seeing family, especially when we have family dinners.

What is your favourite food?  Movie? Music/performer?

  • Asian cuisine (Japanese and Thai) is my favourite: either homemade or out at a restaurant
  • Beyonce and Jay Z are my favourite duo
  • I can't go past a good romance movie (especially with Ryan Gosling), so my favourite movie would probably be The Notebook.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

My coaches have always talked up the importance of self-talk. It is something that I also believe in strongly in order to get the most out of yourself. Your sub-conscious mind doesn't know the difference between fantasy and reality.

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

In my day to day life it's to "live life to the fullest". In my rowing it's just one word, "tough".