MICHAELA Davis-Meehan remembers very little about learning to snowboard, except having a bruised bottom.
Now 21, she cannot imagine her life without the sport.
Despite having to recover from a broken back and muscle strains, Davis-Meehan is now an Olympic snowboarding shadow team member, placed in the top 36 in the world.
Her dream is to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia, but to do this she will have to make the top 24.
She recently returned from a month-long trip to New Zealand for the Winter Games, where she placed 11th.
Her goal was to place in the top 10, but she missed out by 0.34 points.
The cut-off for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games is close with only two competitions - Colorado in December and Quebec in January - left for Davis-Meehan to impress selectors.
It is a hectic schedule that keeps her busy year-round.
When she returned from New Zealand, she spent three days at home in Kotara before catching the last snow in Perisher with her coach.
"I wasn't home for long, only enough to do washing and put it back in my bag to go again," she said.
"I love it though."
Now enjoying an end-of-season break, she will continue to train at the gym until her next competition.