Monica Brennan

Monica BrennanPlace of birth: Melbourne

Sporting career highlights

  • Competed at the 2014 World relay championships in Bahamas for the 4x100m Australian women's open relay team
  • Placed 1st in the 2013 Australian open national championships in the 200m and selected for the open relay team for the world championships in Moscow
  • Placed 2nd in the 2012 Australian open national championships in the 200m
  • Came 11th at the 2012 World Junior championships in Barcelona, Spain in the 200m
  • Placed 1st at the 2012 Australian junior championships in the under 20 100m and 200m
  • Came 7th in the final of the 2011 World Youth championships in the 200m
  • Came 8th in the final at the 2010 Youth Olympics Games in Singapore.

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

When I was 10 years old I made my first state team where I started to train seriously for my first ever national competition. I ended up winning gold and was very excited which made me train even harder the next year.

What got you started in the sport?

My parents signed me up for little athletics just for fun and when I started winning races my dad began coaching me.

Are other family members involved in sport?

My dad is my coach which is a huge advantage as we are able to adjust training to fit around my study.

Who has been the biggest influence in your sporting career?

No one person has influenced my career. Overall I am inspired by athletes who may not be as naturally talented as others but instead they work harder than any other athlete to achieve their goals. Also athletes who have experienced a set back in their career but have worked hard to overcome this is also very motivating and helps me to do the same.

Who has been the biggest influence in your academic life?

All of my teachers throughout my school years have been fantastic at helping find a balance between studying and training. I think having this balance at a young age helped me enjoy learning and education and motivated me to study at uni whilst continuing to pursue my athletic career.

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

I love any activity that gets me outside and active so I often enjoy going for walks and love exploring new places which helps me unwind. I also love cooking and creating new flavour combinations. I am a bit of a mad scientist when it comes to cooking and getting people to try my new creations is a fun way to relax with friends and family.

What is one thing that might surprise readers to learn about you?

I hate lollies; there too chewy.

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

I'm obsessed with peanut butter and have tried it on everything and still haven't found a food that peanut butter can't make better!

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

'What you think about, you bring about'.
This just helps by reminding me to keep positive and focused on the things I want to achieve in my life.