- Category: Triathlon
How did you become involved in Triathlon?
Apart of the National Talented Identification and Development (NTID) program after being identified in surf life saving.
Who is your sporting hero?
Pat Rafter - down to earth, humble but brilliant athlete who knew how to win
Age you started in your sport?
Height, weight, age?
180cm, 70kg, 24
Deferred University degree in Health Science
What motivates you to continue in your sport?
Having fun with friends, seeing my full potential and winning races.
What motivated you to start your sport?
The challenge of making the Olympics and travelling the world.
What is your current business/job?
Who do you race for club/state?
Illawarra Triathlon Club and NSW Institute of Sport.
People that have inspired you both in sport and life?
Mum, Dad, Brother, Nan, Phil Clayton,
Great experiences that have happened in your life?
Seeing the world and different cultures, and the way people live is truly amazing.
Your interests and hobbies?
Cafes, surfing, movies and all sports!
One tip or quote that continues to inspire you?
Dream, believe, achieve!
Family Background(where did you grow up) and Current Family
Born and raised in Wollongong to two athletic parents. Father represented country at Olympics in modern pentathlon. Mum was a competitive swimmer. Loved sport from an early age and tried my hand at every sport I could. Started swimming then later surf life saving winning numerous state and Australian medals. Before being identified by Triathlon Australia as a potential Olympic athlete.
What is your happiest memory?
Winning my first surf race age 15.
Who did you idolize growing up?
Phil Clayton, Trev Hendy and Pat Rafter
Were you always one of the better athletes growing up?
Never. I was always at best scrapping into the top 10. I was just having fun and I didn't care about results too much. It was just good fun with my friends.
What is one thing you would share with the children wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Make sure you have fun because when times get tough you realize why you do it and that what pushes you on to bigger and better things.
How has being involved/playing your sport changed your life?
Seeing all parts of the world make you realize how lucky you are to live a happy and healthy life.
Who has been your biggest supporter?
Mum and Dad for sure!
Who has been your best coach?
I grew up in surf life saving having a ball of fun with Phil Clayton. He is a brilliant coach! ... Triathlon - Jamie Turner!
Sporting Background and list of achievements/results?
U17 State surf champion
U19 Australian Ironman Silver medal
2010 Bronze medal Oceania Triathlon Championships
Favourite Foods/Diet you follow?
Pizza for sure! Try and keep it pretty healthy but allow myself some treats here and there.
Your typical training split and favourite(running, swimming or riding)?
Weekly volume is around 25km swimming, 300-400km riding, 80-100km running with a bit of time in the gym too. Love hate relationship with 6x1km on the track running.
Worst injury you have suffered?
Last two years have been marred by two ITB release surgeries (a year apart). Such a difficult time for me but have had tremendous supported by family, friends, supporters and my coach Jamie Turner from NSWIS.
What is the ultimate prize in your sport?
What do you find to be the toughest aspect of your sport?
Injuries. Never had any injuries before the last two years.
How do you deal with temptation?
Every now and then you have to let your hair down. Life's too short!
Do you believe "never giving up" is the difference between making it and not making it in any sport?
Yes and no. Being mentally strong is key to success but it can be also your downfall. Over training can be a big issue for some athletes. However, I think constancy is key!
What inspired you to succeed?
The feeling of crossing the line knowing you've giving your best and beaten everyone.
What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
I think I wanted to be a fireman. Still in the back of my mind! ha
Your future goals in your sports, and goals when you finish your sport?
Commonwealth Games 2014, Olympic Game 2016. Love to open up my own cafe.
What is your worst fear?
If you could have dinner with 5 people who would they be?
Phil Clayton, Pat Rafter, Megan Fox, Jen Hawkins, Larry Edmur
What is one item you cannot live without?
People you would like to thank?(Sponsors, Coaches, Family or Friends)
Obviously Mum and Dad have been huge supporters, NSW Institute of Sport, Jamie Turner, Alex Price (physio), Vorgee, Saucony, Goodness superfoods, Balance sports nutrition and Smith optics.
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