Sports star Gemma McCaw has joined Woman's Day magazine as a weekly wellness columnist, sharing inspiring advice with New Zealand women on how to pursue better health of their mind, body and spirit.
The former Black Stick and Olympic great, who studied for her Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at Massey University throughout her hockey career, also works as a health coach.
After narrowly missing out on a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year, she's been on a break from sport. She had her January wedding to All Black legend Richie McCaw to plan, and since then she's been busy focusing on her health-coaching business. Although she hasn't ruled out a return to hockey, she loves this other string to her bow and the Woman's Day column fits perfectly with this passion.
Each week, Gemma will share her advice and tips on health and wellbeing with Kiwi women, and she says she can't wait to inspire and motivate readers with suggestions on how they can improve their lives with simple changes.
"I love the idea of helping people live healthier lives," says 27-year-old Gemma. "I feel really passionate about the fact that everyone could make very small but meaningful changes and see huge benefits."
Gemma says she has no interest in preaching – she just loves the idea of helping women feel their best.
"Wellness is about vitality – eating, sleeping and moving. But it's also about having healthy relationships and celebrating our achievements.
"I'm so excited to be joining the Woman's Day team and sharing my passion."
Gemma's first column about getting started on a wellness journey is in this week's Woman's Day, on-sale nationwide on Monday, August 31.
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