We catch up with elite netballer, Geva Mentor about living and training on the Sunshine Coast.
Geva Mentor comes to life on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with the perfect blend of coastal experiences and beach culture on her doorstep.
How long have you lived on the Sunshine Coast?
Since November 2016
Why did you move here?
An opportunity to be coached by Noeline Taurua, build a brand new club from scratch and live in a location that resembles paradise!
What is your greatest achievement?
Netball wise, winning Suncorp Super Netball in its first year with a brand new club and I can’t go past winning Gold in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
What do you love about the region?
I adore the weather, the beaches, the variety of landscapes from the luscious greenery and breathtaking waterfalls of the Hinterland, to the endless gold sandy beaches. However, it’s the friendly, community vibe that truly warms my heart.
Do you have a ‘favourite’ location for training outdoors?
I missed out on the pre-season hill sprints at Point Cartwright, as I reckon that would be my favourite. Therefore, you can’t go past the University of the Sunshine Coast and being able to share the running track with wild kangaroos!
Do you have a foodie haunt?
Literally any awesome breakfast spot that my team mates seem to find. I do love Harvest Breads Cafe in Cotton tree. And as for dinner there’s so much choice, but I reckon Junk on Ocean St wins for now.
How do you spend your free time?
If I have a spare half a day at home, I love sitting in my hammock on the balcony, catching rays and listening to the flowing water of the Birtinya waterways. If I have more time at hand then either a visit to the beach or a hike in the Hinterlands. Although that certainly means a stop off via the Kenilworth bakery for a giant donut!!
If you could choose - Beach or Hinterland?
Easy, head straight to the beach! Nothing better than to put your body in the water and go for a rejuvenating swim in the crystal clear waters. Dicky Beach is my current fav recovery spot at present.
Experience at the top of your Sunshine Coast ‘to do’ list?
Skydive, tackle one of the more difficult Glass House mountain climbs, and horseback ride on the beach!
Most surprising thing you have discovered about the Sunshine Coast?
That if you have a balcony, you don’t need air con, as there always seems to be a breeze through your home if you open your front door! Ooh and it’s perfectly acceptable to do your grocery shopping without shoes on! Ha ha.
Things to do - Beaches, hiking, surfing, festivals, food and art trails and world-class events - the Sunshine Coast has it all!
Places to see - Experience our friendly, laid-back beachside culture, taste fresh local produce and explore some of the most beautiful regions of Australia.
Where to stay - The Sunshine Coast boasts a wide choice of accommodation options with everything from 4.5 star resorts to luxury hinterland cottages and B&Bs.