Q&A: Meet Shauna Coxsey

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Last Modified 28 May 2021 First Added 14 April 2021

What’s your earliest sporting memory?

Sitting on my father’s knee watching Catherine Destivelle, a French free climber, on TV.


Who’s your sporting hero?

My heroes are people I’m surrounded by. My other half, Ned, trains harder than anyone I’ve ever met, but he’s not someone who likes to shout about it.


Any advice to the younger you?

I would say be less stubborn, but then I think my stubbornness has got me this far.


What’s the one piece of advice you have for someone following in your footsteps?

Write your goals down on a piece of paper, share them and take ownership of them – that’s how they become real.


What is your go-to breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Breakfast: Banana pancakes. Lunch: Depends on my mood (my diet changes with the seasons). Dinner: You can’t beat a Sunday roast, so if I’m on a rest day, we have a roast.


Favourite snack

I recently discovered peanut butter sachets. Fruit and nut bars as well.


Midnight snacks?

No, I never have a midnight snack and I never wake up hungry. I just eat well during the day.


How does what you eat change when you are in the build-up to a competition?

My diet doesn’t change significantly, but if I’m training more then I’ll be eating more.


Does your diet change at all when competing overseas?

Yes, it definitely changes with where I’m at, but the basics stay the same in terms of the amount of carbohydrate, proteins and fats I’m getting.


Greatest disappointment?

I can’t really think of one. I’m the type of person who takes positives out of every situation.


If you weren’t an elite athlete what would you be?

I’m a big fan of baking but I don’t think I could do that as a job.


What’s top of your bucket list?

I don’t have one! Although there are lots of things I want to do, I’m greatly appreciative of where I am and the life I have right now.


What would your super power be?

Flying. Or teleportation, as travelling can take so long.


How do you relax?

By doing stuff – I like to be busy. I find not being busy frustrating. Making a to-do list and ticking things off, that is relaxing for me.


Do you have a pet?

A 3-year-old border terrier called Arthur.


When did you first believe you could be an Olympian?

When climbing was announced as an Olympic sport.


Do you have any superstitions?

No, I’m not a superstitious person, but someone pointed out to me I always put my left climbing shoe on first.


Your guilty pleasure?

I don’t have any guilty pleasures. I love ice cream, but I don’t consider it a guilty pleasure. I just see it as part of who I am. It’s all okay in the right proportions.


What’s your proudest moment?

That I’ve made my sport my profession.


What’s your most embarrassing moment?

So many! I’m quite a clumsy person so my life feels like a series of embarrassing moments.


What’s your dream achievement outside of the Olympics?

To be content with the life that I have.


Discover Shauna’s sleeping habits here.