Meet Olympic Skier and Sidekick Taylah O’Neil

3rd Jul, 2020 | Sidekicker Updates

Welcome to our International Women’s Day Love What You Do Series. This week we are recognising some of the women who are furthering their dreams and goals by taking advantage of the flexible work Sidekicker provides as well as celebrating our 50/50 gender split in HQ. Our Sidekick community is made up of people from all walks of life. Their backgrounds, their passions and their stories are part of what makes them so good at what they do.

Sidekicker’s Co-Founder Jacqui Bull says “International Women’s Day to me is about encouraging the next generation of females to take bold moves by showcasing women doing inspiring things. A huge part of being successful is having confidence in your own ability, and this can come from seeing someone else​’s success and being inspired to think ‘If they can do, so can I!’ We hope you enjoy our Love What You Do series this week.”

Taylah O’Neill is an Olympic Freestyle Mogul Skier, competing in 2014 Winter Olympics, narrowly missing out on the 2018 games. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Media, in PR and Advertising at the University of New South Wales. Taylah uses Sidekicker to find flexible work in the events industry to make some extra money on the side between her training camps.

Where were you before you started Sidekicking?

Before I joined Sidekicker this year I was overseas training and competing in the sport of Freestyle Mogul Skiing. I narrowly missed out on selection for my second Olympic Games, and so I was looking for some casual work while I’m home before my next training camp in April.

What was your first Sidekick gig?

My first sidekick gig was a promotional job at the UNSW o-week, handing out flyers and educating students on a new company. It was busy and full of life!

It was great because it was something I haven’t done before and I could utilise my people skills.

What do you hope to do in the future?

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Media in public relations and advertising at UNSW. I plan on going into PR once I complete this degree. I’m also continuing my sporting career with the goal of competing at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

When I was younger I wanted to be an Olympic athlete and an event planner so I guess I am well on the way to hitting my goals which is cool!

What does International Womens Day mean to you?

International women’s day is a celebration of women worldwide. On this day we recognise women as vital parts of society, our individual rights within this society and the significant positive impact we can have on society.

What is one piece of advice you would give someone to who wants to be a Sidekick?

If you are a uni student or an athlete this is the perfect job for you! It is easy to fit in with your schedule and perfect for people who can’t commit to part-time jobs. If you are contemplating becoming a sidekick, I would highly recommend you join today! The process is very smooth and the benefits are great. You will end up working in things you never thought you could do and with people that you never thought you would meet.

Why do you love what you do?

I love being a sidekick as it allows me to find one-off jobs when I am at home, that I can fit in with my busy schedule. It’s great to know that there is a platform that supports someone like me!