Philippa (Pip) Malone
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I can't choose between Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fleetwood Mac and Crowded House.
Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST AND WHY?
Stevie Nicks. Because she's badass and timeless. But a more current fave is Banks. She's so rad. I love artists like her that are doing their own thing with their own vibe and sound. She just kills it.
IS THIS WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF?
It's what I have always envisioned and trained for from a very young age - to be competing at this level at a competition as prestigious as the Commonwealth Games. I have a great feeling of satisfaction knowing I am going to be there competing for my country on that stage.
YOUR HARDEST MOMENTS?
Losing some very close family members to cancer and suicide in the last few years
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?
As a weightlifter you always want to keep improving, keep lifting more and more. It's addictive. At 28 years old now I like to keep my goals short sighted because I am getting older and more and more "life" things get in the way of sport. So after the comm games we will re-evaluate the sporting goals. I would like to say and hope that I will be able to keep going and make a run at Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Outside of that, I am going back to uni in July to finish off the last bit of my Criminology degree that I have been putting off for a couple of years for my sport. I am very excited to be finally moving into a career that is completely unrelated to sport. As an athlete it is a very scary but proud feeling and something that I have always wanted for myself.
FORKS IN THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU MANAGE THEM?
I always listen to my gut because it has never been wrong. If something doesn't feel right then it's not right. I put off a career in criminology for sport, and I am glad I made that choice. A few years ago I wasn't ready to go into the kind of area I have studied to go into. Now I am because I made the right decision at the right time.
DESCRIBE YOUR WORK ETHIC
Ruthless. I am like a dog at a bone. I never do anything half assed. My coach always says that with most of his athletes he has always had to tell them to work harder. With me his job is to tell me to stop. I have learnt to have a smart approach with a hard work ethic, but I always train with "earning" it in mind. Nothing in this world is free. You have to work for it. And I have earnt every one of my successes with hard work every single day.
DO YOU HAVE RITUALS?
I love music. A ritual of mine most days is to put my headphones in about 30 mins before I'm going to train, put a solid playlist on and get in the zone and prepare to work with a positive attitude. Music is always good if you aren't feeling it or just in a mood that needs to be turned around.
HOW CAN WOMEN BEST SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER?
I feel like comparisons have a huge negative impact on women today. Especially because of social media. Women comparing themselves to other women and either making themselves feel bad about what they don't have and what someone else does have. A short coming is only what you make it. If you are happy in your life then you don't want what anyone else has because you are happy with what you have. Women could best support one and other by being accepting. Stop judging, hating, and comparing yourself to people on the internet and go and live your life. Everyone is different. If we were all the same life would be bloody boring.
ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Advice to my younger self would be to not be so hard on yourself. Give yourself a break and be happy with what you have and where you are heading. Because you are heading some pretty awesome places :) Don't listen to the irrelevant people who tell you that you aren't good enough, not smart enough, not skinny enough, too many muscles, too bulky.... Keep following your own path.
WHAT MAKES A WOMEN ELECTRIC?
Being unapologetically herself and being fearless.
HAVE YOU COME UP AGAINST RESISTANCE WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING? HOW DID YOU MANAGE IT?
Not resistance as such, but people always feel the need to give you their opinion on how you live your life. And it's mostly people who don't even really know you. It's my life, not yours :) I am a female with muscles that lift's heavy weights. Deal with it.
WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO GIVE UP? HOW DO YOU BOUNCE BACK?
When things that are completely out of your control knock you down or cause a bump in the road. It's easy to be like "what is the use in even trying?", but you just have to remember why you are doing it in the first place and that sometimes things happen that we cannot control. No use being down about things you can't do anything about.
WHAT WOMEN DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
Women who have overcome major setbacks in their life and have come out the other side and done something extraordinary. They prove that you do not have to be a victim of your circumstances. J.K Rowling comes to mind. I love her.
DO YOU HAVE ANY LITTLE SECRETS TO FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION?
When I was about 9 years old I got a stack of affirmation cards. One of them said "if it's meant to be, it's up to me". That has always stuck with me through life. Don't leave anything up to "fate". Because nothing will happen if you don't actually go after it yourself. There's no magic unicorn waiting with a pot of gold. You have to earn that pot of gold piece by piece.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A KID?
I was crazy. Full of energy, fearless, confident and into everything I could get my hands on or climb. Hence why I was put into sport at age 2.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AS A TEENAGER?
On the outside I always came across as a very "together" and level headed teen because of my sporting pedigree. I always had people telling me I was wise beyond my years and very mature. Now looking back I can see why people thought that, but I also can see that underneath I was hiding an extremely anxious, self conscience and fragile teenager. I learnt to put up a really strong game face because of my sport, but most of my teenage years I spent I hating myself and I never felt good enough. I have definitely become more and more mentally tough as I've gotten older and experienced things in my life. I have learnt from every mistake I have made and I have grown from them in one way or another. I have also learnt to not be so hard on myself.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING IN THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would love a Jurassic Park scenario. Bring back the dinosaurs!!
Pip Malone is competing at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Follow her on Instagram here.