There was never much doubt about where Torah Bright was heading in sport. She was on skis at the age of two, snowboarding at 11, and had turned professional by the time she was 14. From there her trajectory to the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, clutching a shiny gold medal, seemed almost ordained.
Bright made her first major impact, aged 16, as runner-up for the World Cup title in 2003. Her innovative halfpipe runs and ability to master any terrain quickly established her as a dynamic competitor on the snowboarding circuit.
In 2010 she carried the Australian flag in the Olympic Opening Ceremony, and won gold in the women’s snowboarding final with a switch backside 720 - a double spinning manoeuvre performed by no other woman. Returning to Australia for the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge following the Sochi Winter Olympics, Torah will be one to watch on the track.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I love most that I am able to have a career and a job that is what I love to do.
How would you describe yourself as a driver?
I would like to say I’m a good driver, responsible, respectful to others on the road. But there is a time and a place when you can go fast and have some fun and I love to go fast!
What does racing in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge mean to you and what are you looking forward to most?
Racing in the Celebrity Challenge has been a dream of mine for many, many years. I love going fast and I love anything with a motor and I want to be a race car driver one day. Just to be able to participate in this and to be able to have this experience is a highlight of my life.
You’ll learn an array of new driving skills during Driver Training, what are you most looking forward to learning and why?
Everything. I did a rally course a couple of years ago, just one day, and I realised then you need to understand the way a car works mechanically to know how to drive it properly so I am excited to really get some intense days in there and be taught exactly how you handle a car properly.
What do you think of the All-New Mazda3?
It’s beautiful, it’s very sleek. Now I know it looks good I am really keen to drive it and see how it handles.