I did my first triathlon in August 2012, one of the Pinkie Tri’s with a pool swim. At the time I had worked myself up to a 10km running event and was looking for a new challenge when a friend roped me in. We all have to start somewhere and for me; I worked my way from playing social sport once a week through to a half iron distance triathlon, loosing 15kgin the process and making some life long friends.
Having got so much from the sport, I am working towards my Development Coach qualifications as a way to give back.
My most proud and memorable triathlon moments have been finishing Tweed Enduro in its inaugural year, 2015 and then competing at the Olympic Distance World Championships in Chicago in the same year.
I’ve had the privilege of travelling and competing a number of times. In the lead up to Chicago I took a trip and competed in the small town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta Canada. This was a great opportunity for a wet suit, glacier fed lake swim and then a ride on the ‘wrong’ side of the road along the highway. More recently I traveled to Boston and beautiful Lake Dennison for yet another spectacular lake swim. I made some amazing, international triathlon connections at both these events.
Some of you know that I am the middle child of a family of five kids but what you may not realise is the depth to which this has contributed to my resourcefulness and resilience. These attributes have already assisted in the coaching I’ve undertaken with the club since August 2016 and I look forward to developing my coaching skills further.
I want to see SBTC continue to grow in strength as a not for profit, volunteer-led club, constantly learning, improving and training smarter. I aim to assist in that by sharing my experience and knowledge with the members as I work to improve myself as an athlete and as I undergo my degree in psychology and exercise science. I would like to see others gain the same benefits from triathlon as I have; as a sport but also as a community.