Extended metaphors about life are kind of my thing…


My name is Laura Quilter and I’m a fan of perfectly timed dry puns, random challenges and eating medium sized popcorn buckets by myself at the movies.

I’ve also been a competitive athlete for over 14 yearsswimming-headshot-quitler.

As a swimmer, I represented New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and have won national titles in Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle events.

As a surf lifesaver, I have represented New Zealand at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Lifesaving World Championships. I am an individual World Champion and current World Record Holder.

Representing New Zealand, racing abroad and balancing training with studies has taught me a number of lessons about doubt, fear, mindset and values.

Hailing from sunny Gisborne, I spent my first 18 years on the East Coast and will always call Tairawhiti home.

I’m conversational, honest and enjoy memes, so the content on this site is a mashup of serious and light writing.

Veni. Natavi. Vici.
Happy reading.

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Contributor to:

AUT Millennium, Ocean Swim Series, SwimSwam, Business North Harbour

Laura Quilter has represented New Zealand at:

  • 2010 Oceania Championships (swimming)
  • 2012 Rescue World Championships (lifesaving)
  • 2013 World University Games (swimming)
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games (swimming)
  • 2014 Pan Pacific Championships (swimming)
  • 2014 Oceania Championships (swimming)
  • 2014 Rescue World Championships (lifesaving)
  • 2015 World University Games (swimming)
  • 2016 Rescue World Championships (lifesaving)

Other athletic achievements include:

  • Gisborne Sportswoman of the Year 2015 & 2016
  • 2016 World Champion, 50m Manikin Carry (lifesaving)
  • Current World Record Holder 50m manikin carry (lifesaving)
  • Current New Zealand Open Record Holder, 50m manikin carry (lifesaving)
  • Current New Zealand Open Record Holder, 100m manikin carry (lifesaving)
  • New Zealand Open Champion: 50m Butterfly (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • New Zealand Open Champion: 100m Freestyle (2015, 2016)
  • New Zealand Open Champion: 50m Freestyle (2014, 2015)
  • New Zealand Open Champion: 200m Freestyle Short Course (2015)
  • Nominated for Sportswoman of the year for the 2016 Halberg Awards