Name: Laura Siddall
Date of Birth: 10/09/1980
Live: All over! (Chasing Summer)
Coach: Matt Dixon
Club: Purplepatch, San Fransisco / Easts Triathlon Club, Sydney
British but global traveller (nomad). Chases Summer between the Southern Hemisphere in New Zealand, and the Northern Hemisphere…wherever the racing and training leads. Previously 7 years in Sydney, 2years in San Francisco. 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 three gorgeous nieces and a nephew, Maisie, Jack, Molly and Florence.
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 two year 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’d relocated to San Francisco, to try to live the dream and chase the Pro Triathlete life. I now spend my Southern Hemisphere summer in Christchurch, New Zealand and the Northern Hemisphere chasing races and training in Europe and North America.
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, progressing from complete rookie to a four time World Champion (amateur) I took the leap in 2013 to step up into the Pro ranks and race against the big kids. In 2016 I became the sixth fastest British woman of all time over the iron distance, finishing forth at Challenge Roth in 8:51:59. In 2017 I became the Ironman Australia Champion.
I’m a self-confessed sports* junky. I love it. Watching, participating, supporting, coaching, whatever it is, I love it and can’t get enough. It’s what I thrive on, it’s what I’m passionate about and it’s what gives me a buzz in life. Don’t Die Wondering is what I live by.
(*sorry not a big fan of darts or snooker)