Since the relaunch of our IMPI’s Who Inspire series, we’ve received overwhelming feedback on how determined, disciplined, and inspirational all our IMPI warriors are!
And our next warrior, Bridget McCormack is no different.
In fact, Bridget has mastered the balance between sport and school - not only is she school captain and an academic superstar, she’s also an all-around endurance athlete - competing in triathlete, cross-country, and track runner. Read our interview below with IMPI Ambassador Bridget McCormack.
When did you start running?
I started running when I was eight years old and ever since then I've just loved it.
What do you love most about running?
The thing I love most about running is definitely the community and social side that runners create. My favourite part is definitely going out to meets and interacting with everyone.
How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by reminding myself what my goals are and where I want to go.
Also, I find it really, really helpful to have a good support system with me, which I'm so lucky to have. So if I show up to training and I'm not feeling motivated, I know I've got my coach, my teammates, and my training partners to help get me through the session.
What’s your proudest moment so far?
My proudest moment in the sport would definitely be the first time I ever made Nationals
when I was 11 years old. It was a race that I had gone into, injured, and didn't think I could make it but I did! I think that's what kickstarted my love for the 800 meters.
What are your goals right now?
Right now, I'm focusing on improving my balance between grade 12 and the ambitions that I still have for the sport.
Do you feel that sport helps you balance school stress?
Yeah, I definitely feel like sport does help with my grade 12 stress. It's a really good outlet, it helps break up the study, and gives me time that I can just relax and focus on something else for a little while.
Where would you like running to take you?
Ultimately, I'd really love my running to take me to represent Australia, but for now, I'm just really happy enjoying the sport and the opportunity it gives me to travel and meet new people.
Do you have any inspirations in this sport?
Nikita Moore, Imogen Stewart, and all the older girls that have gone on and done really good things with their running, but still also help the younger girls - I find that really inspiring.
What’s your favourite thing about IMPI?
I love the community that IMPI has created, it’s much more than just a sportswear brand.
You go to a race and everyone is wearing IMPI. It's a conversation starter and something that you can all have in common and talk about at the start line. It can really help to break the tension, like before a race.
What is your favourite IMPI piece?
My favourite IMPI piece would have to be the racing briefs. They’re my favourite, especially around race time, because I know when the briefs come out, it's time to go!