Courtney McGregor – What Adversity Can Teach Us
At 12:41 pm on Tuesday 22nd of February 2011, a major earthquake hit Christchurch killing 185 people.
Located 6.7 kilometres south-east of the city centre, the shake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, changing life as people knew it.
Artistic gymnast Courtney McGregor (@_courtneymcgregor_), was 12 at the time.
Courtney remembers the earthquake being a pivotal moment in her sporting journey.
It shaped the way she approached her gymnastics. How she took on a challenge. And dealt with fear.
At just 17 years old, Courtney represented New Zealand at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
She was the youngest member of the New Zealand Olympic Team.
Courtney went on to an athletic scholarship at Boise State University in the US, where she studied mathematics and philosophy and in 2019 won the all-around competition in the Mountain West Conference.
When I spoke to her, Courtney was back home in Christchurch, not long retired, and in the process of applying for medical school.
This is Courtney’s story.
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