Danielle challenged herself at many different sports growing up as a kid on Auckland’s North Shore (NZ). Her international career started off when she competed for NZ in the U19 Age group Triathlon World Championships in Budapest 2010 placing 2nd & China 2011 2nd.
Danielle has represented NZ numerous times both as a youth and a senior in surf lifesaving with the major competitions in 2012 Adelaide(youth), 2014 France (opens), 2016 Netherlands, 2018 Adelaide. She is part of the Blackfins team who have created history becoming the first NZ team to win back to back World Titles (2014, 2016). At the most recent NZ National titles 2019 Danielle Won 11 National titles.
Danielle has been a part of the iconic Australian Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series since 2014. She is one of the few kiwis to gain access to this elite series. Her best result a 2nd placing Eliminator format 2017 Cronulla beach. Further accomplishing a long-time goal of a podium place in the Coolangata Gold. 3rd in 2017 & 2nd 2018, while creating history by becoming the first female New Zealander to ever podium.
Following her dreams, she completed one of the Worlds toughest endurance paddle board races, placing 3rd in the 2017 Molokai 2 Oahu Unlimited division (5H 35mins).
Watch this space to follow Danielle in her endeavors to becoming a successful Ironwoman and water sports athlete in New Zealand and Australia. Danielle currently juggles full time training with part time study and casual work.
Every day feels like a gift. I am grateful to my family and to my supporters for making this possible.
Nick Name: Dani, DMack
Age: 25 years old
Hometown: Castor Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Currently Lives: Gold Coast, Australia
How I started SLS: Dad took me down to Mairangi Bay Surf lifesaving club at age 7 years. I haven’t looked back since.
Spiritual Animal: Flamingo
Fact about me: My arm span is 12cm longer than my height
Favourite Quote: Do what you love, love what you do, give it your all!
Favourite Surf Break: Forestry, NZ
Things Danielle enjoys: Footy (AFL), Adventuring,camping, traveling, mountain biking, surfing, skiing, baking and drinking coffee.
High School: Rangitoto College, graduated 2012
University: Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Completed a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. Major Exercise Science, Sports Management. Graduated 2017.
University: Currently studying at Southern Cross University, Master of Teaching.