The transition to triathlon
Welcome to my page. This page has been created so that friends, family, sponsors and anyone else interested so that they can keep up to date with my results and competitions.
About me……I grew up in sunny Nelson, New Zealand where I lived until the end of college before moving to Christchurch for university. From a young age I have been involved in sports competively. My first sport was swimming, which has now given me a good base for my swimming ability today! Through my school years I was involved in cross country, swimming, rowing, rugby and touch rugby.
In 2009 I moved to Christchurch to begin my study as a landscape architect at Lincoln University where I was on as sporting scholarship for rugby. Up until 2014 I played rugby and sevens at a national level and was part of the New Zealand women’s high performance sevens team. After not being re-contracted in 2014 I took some time away from rugby and re-evaluated whether I wanted to continue pursuing rugby or to find a new challenge as I began to not enjoy the aspects of rugby training.
Through 2014 I took a whole year off any sports competively to give myself a mental break and to allow myself to enjoy training solely for the enjoyment without the pressure from myself of wanting to win every race! After a good year off I entered the Speight’s coast-to-coast multisport race with my uncle as a two-person team. This is where I began my love for multisports and trails running. As a result we got second place in the 2-man team so we were wrapped with this result!
After this I was adamant to enter the coast to coast the following year as an individual for the longest day, however I moved to Japan the following year for 4 months which made it difficult to learn to kayak. It was in Japan where I began my triathlon journey. The peak of the Japan summer, which gets to the high 40 degrees, meant that swimming began a new favourite! After spending a solid four months in Japan training over the New Zealand winter I moved back home in September where I was in the best physical condition I had been in. Training in the humidity and heat had paid off. I had several running and triathlon events leading in to challenge Wanaka where I was getting amazing results.
Come February this was it, my first half ironman! I was more than ready, I felt mentally and physically strong. Challenge Wanaka half would be one of my most memorable and best races as i had absolutely no expectation on myself and went out there to have fun, which resulted in me placing 3rd in my age group (25-29) and 4th female overall.
After my 1st in grade and 14th woman overall performance in Cozumel at The Met Life Ironman 70.3 I am ready for more!...