About Laura

4107715_origI’ve spent over 15 years swimming above a black line.

During those years in the pool I have loved, hated, endured and thrived with swimming.

After more than a decade as an athlete, my biggest takeaways have been the lessons sport has taught me to apply in life.

How to be focused, disciplined, self-driven and receptive to feedback. Swimming has led me across the globe and helped me to develop confidence and passion for everything I do, now I’d like to help others do the same.

Instagram PhotosFrom cultivating confidence to handling pressure and sticking to routines, I hope to connect with people through my blogs, speaking engagements and coaching.

When not swimming, I’m partial to great coffee, a good book and a little adventure.




This website is packed with blogs about mindset, competition, the triumphs and struggles of my journey as well as a sprinkle of random meandering for good measure.

Here’s a little bit more about my athletic journey….

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