Athlete Biography

I was born in New Zealand before moving to Australia in 1999 with my family. Since moving to Australia I became involved in local swim clubs and did the occasional school cross country or athletes carnival. By the time I was 14, my enjoyment in pure swimming was starting to waver, so when a family friend suggested I give the local duathlon a go, I jumped at the chance. Winning the 500m run-5k bike- 500m run, whilst looking back, seems so small, actually started my love affair with the sport. The same family friend decided I had talent, so offered to take me to the iconic Nepean Triathlon for the Junior event. Here, I was introduced to the complexities of transition and the still-relevant advice- “Know where your bike is!”.

After crying my way through my first ever 8k training ride the day before, I took on the 125m-10k-1.25k course and loved every minute of it and even came away with a win. This win meant I was offered a place in the Sydney Junior Triathlon Academy run by Mick Delamotte and Peter Clifford, who for the next couple of years, along with the guidance of home coach, Richard Hobson and, until I joined the newly formed triathlon squad in the Western Region Academy of Sport with Nancy Haslop, introduced and encouraged me in the NSW Junior Series. After eventually winning the series I was upgraded to the TriNSW squad, run by Mick Maroney and John Hickey. Thanks to them, I got involved in the NSW Pro-Tour series and began my time in the Australian Junior Series.

After a year or two at this level I finally finished school and knew it was now time to decide whether to take this sport on as a profession.

Here’s where Jamie Turner came in. I met him at my 4th consecutive NSW All Schools Triathlon win, and to be honest, didn’t have a clue who he was, but after he invited me and a couple of other promising NSW Juniors, to a series of camps down in Wollongong, he wasn’t someone I was going to forget in a hurry. I got in contact with him and he invited me to an altitude camp in Falls Creek with the rest of his squad as a pre-cursor of what was to come if I trained with him full time. Shortly afterwards, I participated in the Runaway Bay Junior Super Sprint Weekend, and under the guidance of Jamie, finished my highest placing in any Australian Junior race. For me, this weekend made up my mind that I was going to become a ‘Jamie Turner’ athlete, going on to become one of the original Wollongong Wizards at the 2012 World Championships.

Athlete Sponsors: 2XU, Amanzi Swimwear, Spearman Cycles, Bont, Pure Sports Nutrition Triathlon Australia

Athlete Tri Entry Year: 2011

Athlete Sports Hero: Mark Cavendish

Athlete Proudest Moment: World Cup Bronze or Australian Junior Champion

Athlete Coach: Jamie Turner

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