I am a mother of 2 who recently resigned from the corporate life to work as a Swim Coach. I am now able to spend much more time stress-free focussing on my girls and being part of their sporting interests than I ever have. I feel grateful my path has changed for the better and lucky to have the family and friends I do in my life. When I’m not at home or swim coaching, I am either walking “bootz” our miniature schnauzer, swimming at the beach, riding my bicycle or running with family and friends.
Triathlon became a part of my life when I arrived in Australia from England in 1999 at the age of 23. Like most, the BRW corporate tri was my first triathlon. I started out with many fun runs and country events such as the Cowes Classic, Pier to Pub swim and then gradually built my endurance up to, “Round the Bay in a Day” which is an approx 200kms bicycle ride around the bay in Melbourne. In 2001 I completed my first Half Marathon and then went on to finish the Melbourne Marathon in 2002. Back in these days you had to qualify to race an Ironman so we gave the Coomera Half Ironman a crack on our road bikes and got a taste for the longer triathlons.
Around 2010, you could enter an Ironman without qualifying so my husband and I decided to give one a go! I raised $2500 for redkite, a charity which supports children with cancer and I set out to train for IMWA, which still exists in Busselton WA. The ironman consists of a 3.8 km swim, 180km ride and a 42.2 km run!! At this time, I was juggling a full time corporate role at nab; work started early and finished late with also raising 2 daughters aged 5 & 2 years of age old… so riding my bicycle at 530am on a weekend for 4-6 hours was my outlet!! My husband and I did an amazing job juggling our lives, working hard to keep all balls in the air whilst we both trained for an Ironman. We both finished the IMWA in sub 11 hours and I managed a 4th place in my Age Group (AG).
Since then we have also both competed in Melbourne Ironman (2013) which no longer exists.
I have loved competing in many triathlons and have had the privilege to represent Australia in most distances; Olympic (ITU – 2012), Half Ironman World Champs (2014) & Kona (2014 & 2016).
I am passionate about the importance of health / well being and have enjoyed presenting to nab, my previous employer and to my girls local primary school on the importance of having goals, being resilient, adaptable and embracing where possible what life happens to throw at you!
I love being involved in the community and have organised local children’s duathlons, triathlons whilst also volunteering as a netball coach and local LSV nippers coach. I have also coached someone to do their first Ironman!
I have a BA (Hons) in Food & Consumer Management, am a Nationally Accredited ASCTA Bronze Licence Coach and Triathlon Coach (Level 1). I am also a Personal Trainer (Certificate III), Sports Masseuse, & have a TAA ( Certificate IV in Training & Assessment).
Aside to this I have my Bronze Medallion (Life Saving Victoria) as well as accredited with Working with Children.
I hope you enjoy some of my stories in my blog 🙂 … Just click on the “main menu” at the top, then “home” to read some of my race reports and interviews.
Finally thanks for reading and dont forget to have fun, keep smiling and be the best you can be with what you have 🙂