Bella Willams




BMD Northcliffe SLSC


Surf Ironwoman

Bella Willams

How do you stay motivated and push yourself in training?

I try to be the best athlete I can holistically on or off the beach. Training helps with motivating me to race however, sleeping, eating and recovering correctly and efficiently helps me keep on top of how I feel at training. Therefore, letting me reach my full potential each session.

Many athletes have pre-game rituals that help them get into the zone. What are some of your personal pre-game rituals or routines that you believe help you get in the zone before hitting the beach or pool?

I am a list person. The night before a carnival I pack everything in my Engine bag and meal prep all my race food so things can go smoothy as possible on the day of racing. I then write out a big list of what I will do in order, from the time I wake up, eat breaky, apply sunscreen to my first warm up piece. I think being organised has been a key to my success over the years.

Reflecting on your career so far, what would you consider as the most memorable or defining moment?

Back-to-back U19 Surf Swim Titles at the Australian Life Saving Championships was a very memorable moment for me in my career. Just before my first title, my long-time coach, Wayne Whiteman passed away. Even though this was a very challenging part of my life/career, overcoming adversity and achieving something to this standard made me so grateful for Wayne and understand how important is to have people in your corner. Winning these titles was a culmination of years of hard work and I am so proud to say I made history being the first ever person to go back-to-back in this event at the Australian Titles.

Are there any specific achievements or milestones that you are particularly proud of and that you feel have significantly impacted your journey as an athlete?

Being selected in my First Open Australian Team and receive my Australian numbered cap in 2023 was pretty special. It was something that I had always wanted to achieve as an athlete and I believe it has helped me see and believe what I can do, giving me the confidence to keep striving for greatness. It is also significantly special because your number is your own legacy and I hope to leave a legacy in our sport great enough so I can encourage the next generation to give it a 100% crack just like I did.

Beyond your athletic pursuits, do you have any hobbies or passions that might surprise people?

I absolutely love to sing. Although I don’t sing as much as I did throughout school, it is still something that surprises people! I think my singing ability came hand in hand with being a swimmer – good lung capacity = good voice control!

How do you balance your intense training and competition schedule with personal interests outside of your sport?

I think I’m very lucky to say that most of the people I get to train and race with are all my good friends, so the social side is covered on a day-to-day basis. However, I like to make the most of my time and be organised, so I enjoy meal prepping throughout the week, being on top of what gear I need for each training session and having my bags all ready to go, is something that helps me balance all my commitments of uni, work, training and/or racing.

 What are your top 3 ENGINE products (either for racing or training)?

Shredskin Racer 1pce

Weapon Goggles

College Crew Neck

Bella Willams Wear

Weapon Goggle - Army
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Shredskin Racer 1pc - 2XS
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College Crew Neck - Engine Logo - 12
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