Starting in Jan 2009 on the Bondifit Rookie (Beginner) Triathlon course, I decided I preferred the look of the training that the Ironman guys were doing. What was this Ironman lark? So I signed up for Busselton Ironman. Still being incredible naïve and a novice in the sport, I completed the Ironman and decided actually this short fast stuff was much better. In 2010, I competed for Great Britain at the World Championships in Budapest, finishing second in the sprint distance. It was a bit of an eye opener for me, and surprise or confirmation to what I had started to believe I could achieve. It was more special by the fact that I raced on a borrowed bike, as mine had been stolen the day before the race (also my 30th birthday) and also that my whole family had made the trip to come and watch. What this race also did though was make me hungry for more. It gave me a belief but more importantly the desire to train harder and an ambition to improve, learn more and strive to become the best athlete I could be.
A year later in 2011, I won the Gold in the Sprint distance at the World Championships in Beijing also becoming the fastest female overall. This was an incredible moment and feeling and one that is secured in my memory forever. Again having my family there to witness it too (again on my birthday) was just an amazing moment. What winning in Beijing also did though was just fuel my desire again for more and to keep improving.
It was time to step up to the Olympic distance though and so in 2012 I raced at the World Championships in Auckland over the longer distance. Once again grateful to my parents for making the trip to the southern hemisphere to watch me take the Gold. This kicked off a big year where I went on to win the Noosa Triathlon and Geelong Triathlon in the Open Age.
Again though it was time to move up a distance and have a crack at the 70.3, Half Ironman distance. The race, the Hawaii, Honu70.3. Wow! What a location! What a race. I loved every minute of it, and it again just fuelled my desire for more and to be better. Qualifying in Honu for the Ironman 70.3 World Champ meant that this now became my focus. In September 2013, I became the fastest female amateur at the World Championships in Vegas, finishing 11th overall. It was incredible again I just loved every moment of it. A week later I returned to the shorter Olympic distance to defend my title in London at the PruHealth World Championships. This was a pretty special moment, if somewhat surreal, as it was my first triathlon in the UK, it was on the site of the Olympics and also again all my family were there to watch me as well as many friends.
In October 2013, I decided that I needed to take my energy and love of this sport to the next level and so I took the decision to turn Professional. Then in April 2014 took the bigger leap, resigning from my job in the corporate world to relocate from Sydney to San Francisco with the opportunity to be coached by one of the best in the business, Matt Dixon and join his Purplepatch squad, fully focusing my energy and efforts on developing as a full time Professional Triathlete.
I’m super excited at the challenge ahead. I still feel very new to the sport and that there is still so much to learn. I’m excited that I know and believe I have a huge amount to improve on still and can’t wait to get started. I want to see how fast I can get. How strong can I be? How good can I get? Life is too short to live with regrets. I don’t want to look back in 10year, 20years time and ask myself, “what if?” I want to give this life a go. Don’t die wondering…