Australian cricketer Sarah Coyte is a personal trainer with a lived experience of an eating disorder. Coyte has played in three Ashes series and four World Cups and ranks among the best female bowlers in the world.
“I have struggled with an eating disorder since I was a teenager. It has stolen years of my life even when I was competing on the world stage.”
The eating disorder continued to worsen until Coyte had to step away from cricket for a season. Coyte has now returned to Domestic cricket and works as a personal trainer at a gym in Campbelltown.
“I still struggle with the eating disorder, but this year is the best year of cricket. I’m happier in everything I do, I’m eating pretty well and consistently, and my training has been good.”
“I know first-hand how hard it can be navigating the pressures of elite sport and the harm that an eating disorder can do. I over-trained and did not eat enough – I thought that’s what I had to do to perform at my best.”
She says that her lived experience of having an eating disorder informs the way she handles her clients.
“I check in with people who I think might be at risk, because I know that the earlier these things are picked up, the greater the chance of recovery.”
“These recommendations are an important guide for people working in fitness. They can help us identify when there is a problem and know how and when to step in, what to do and who to refer the client to.”
For further information contact
InsideOut Institute: Steph Boulet 0424 722 407, firstname.lastname@example.org or Fitness Australia: Angela Palogiannidis 0405 106 360, email@example.com
The InsideOut Institute – a collaboration between Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre – aims to ensure every Australian living with an eating disorder has access to the best possible care by rethinking eating disorders from the ‘inside out’. Visit insideoutinstitute.org.au