Coming from an extremely sporty family, Lisa has always been very active. As a child it was Gymnastics that Lisa excelled at and also athletics and Netball. Later at age 15 Lisa got into Surfing in which she competed at a national level until leaving to go overseas in 1994. She was also a Taranaki Water polo rep, and held Taranaki secondary school records in discus and shot put.
She then went on to study social work and psychology then business studies, completing the National cert in business studies, and part of the national Diploma in accounting. Whilst overseas Lisa cycled through parts of 20 countries and did many adventure trips including canoeing down the Yukon in Canada/Alaska.
Back in Austria Lisa completed an apprenticeship as a goldsmith and ran her own business exporting Paua Pearls from NZ to Europe and Japan before running her own wholesale and retail manufacturing jewellery business in Austria.
Since 1997 Lisa has been involved in ultra distance runnin including over 2000km of races in the sahara including such countries as Morocco x2, Tunisia, Egyptian (Arabiana and Libyan desert and western desert) and over 65000km or two and a half times around the world in training and races in the past 13 years.
Some of her bigger races and events are listed below. At the beginning of 2007 Lisa returned home to NZ after 13 years in Austria and now runs her own Jewellery and Art shop in New Plymouth along with her Mother, Isobel. Landscape artist and Father Cyril is resident artist at her shop. She specialises in cutting and polishing Opals, pounamu, tahitian pearls, paua pearls and stg silver designs and custom pieces influenced by her Maori heritage and her time in Europe.
In 2008 Lisa ran the Badwater Ultramarathon for the first time and again the following year as well as over 130 other ultramarathons.
2011 - TV presenter for "The Fit Club" a heath and fitness show
2011 - La Ultra - The High race- 222km over the two highest passes in the world at 5400 m, the highest run ever held, second woman to ever have finished this race.
20111 - The Northface 100km in the blue mountains of Australia2011 - Inaugural running of Lisas new event with Tom Pinckney, the Northburn 100 mile race
2010 - Contracted athlete with The North Face brand
2010 - Gobi desert ultramarathon 250km - 2nd place
2010 - production of Lisa's Gobi desert race documentary for Sky Television
2010 - Sahara desert ultramarathon 250km - 5th place
2010 - Nominated for Next Magazines Woman of the year
2010 - Nominated New Zealander of the year
2008-2011 - Ambassador for CanTeen
2009 - 2250km run in 43 through the length of New Zealand for charity - CanTeen and Curekids and implemented a programme called the K a day challenge in primary schools throughout the country
2009 - New Zealand rep at commonwealth champs in england, 24 hr running
2009 - publication of Lisa's autobiography "Running Hot"2009 - Badwater ultra marathon second time
2009 - Ambassador of New Plymouth award for services to the New Plymouth district.
2009 - Taranaki maori sports woman of the year
2009 - 100 km Nationals, placed 2nd for the thrd year in a row.
2008 - Ran the 90 Mile Beach marathon
2008 - Ran 12 hours on a treadmill at City Fitness to raise money for the Badwater Ultramarathon
2008 - Death Valley - ran the 217 km Badwater Ultramarathon in 38 hr 15 min
2008 - 24 hour track nationals - 192 km National champion
2008 - Taranaki's maori sports woman of the year
2008 - New Plymouth mayor Peter Tennant presented an award for my ambassadorial role to the region
2008 - Nominated for New Zealand sports woman of the year
2008 - National maori sports woman of the year
2008 - 100 km Nationals, placed 2nd
2007 - Round the Mountain Race (solo) - 150km finishing in 3rd place.
2007 - 135km around a 400m track in Auckland - 18hrs, 15mins.
2007 - Oxfam Traillwalker - 100km.
2007 - New Zealand 100km Nationals - placed 2nd.
2006 - Trans 222km in Niger - through the Sahara.
2006 - Isar Run in Germany - 338km.2002 - Desert Cup in Jordan 168km
2002 - Marathon Des Sables - 242km in Morocco, placing 10th.
2001 - Marathon Des Sables - 242km in Morocco, placing 33rd.
2001 - The Desert Cup - 168km non-stop in Jordan with a film crew - "Vera" documentary and televised on Welcome Austria Show.
1998-to-date - countless marathons, 100km ultramarathons and 6/8/10/12/24 hour races.
1997 - Crossed the Libyan Desert - a 250km four man expedition, with 35kg packs and no help from the outside world.
1997 - Crossed Arabian Desert - a 150km expedition on foot.
1994 - 1997 - Cycled through 20 countries; paddled 800km down the Yukon; Tramped in Scandanavia, Canada and Alaska.