Name: Laura Siddall
Date of Birth: 10/09/1980
Live: San Fransisco, USA (or New Zealand or wherever my training takes me!)
Coach: Matt Dixon
Club: Purplepatch, San Fransisco / Easts Triathlon Club, Sydney
British but now based in San Francisco, via a few years in Sydney. Engineer, Consultant, Triathlete. Youngest daughter, sister, Aunty.
Born in Nottinghamshire, spent my school years in Yorkshire (Brownlee country I think it’s now been named). I’m the youngest daughter to my Dad, Bob (a Mining Engineer) and my Mum, Gill (a Maths Teacher). I have three older sisters, Anna, Naomi and Charlotte and two gorgeous nieces, Maisie and Molly and a nephew, Jack.
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering (any surprise with my parents professions and two of my older sisters also being Engineers), and a Gap Year as a Officer in the British Army, I worked for Shell in the UK, before moving to Sydney, Australia for a 2year assignment. At the end of the two years instead of returning to the UK, I decided I wasn’t quite done with Australia yet. That was back in 2009. Just over 6years later and I’ve just relocated to San Francisco, to try to live the dream and chase the Pro Triathlete life.
Sport has always been part of my life. At school I was involved in Athletics, Netball, Hockey, Swimming (although my butterfly stroke got our school relay team disqualified twice), and tennis. Towards the end of school and into University my focus narrowed to Netball and Athletics (400mH) being lucky enough to represent England in both at junior levels.
I started Triathlon, a year after moving to Australia. I’d signed up for the Sydney to Wollongong ride (90km), with some work colleagues, and bought a hybrid road/mountain bike the week prior. I loved it and a colleague suggested I try Triathlon. To be honest, I didn’t really know much about the sport, but I found a beginners course run by Bondifit and well, the rest is history! Having raced as an Age Grouper for the past few years, it’s now time to make the leap and step up to the Pro ranks and race against the big kids.
I’m a self-confessed sports junky and Tri geek. I love sport. Watching, participating, supporting, coaching, whatever it is, I love it and can’t get enough. It’s what I thrive on and what gives me a buzz in life.