I signed up for my first Ironman while on holidays in Bali in late 2014. At Ironman Cairns in 2015, I heard the words, “You are an Ironman” and I was hooked. In 2016, I raced my second ironman in Cairns, this time finishing 3 rd in my age group and securing a spot to the 2016 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. The Ironman World Championships is everything everyone says it is, and more. I have unfinished business on the Queen K and in June 2017 at Ironman Cairns, was fortunate enough to secure a spot back to Kona for the 2017 Ironman World Championships in October. There is something about watching people discover new possibilities that is awe inspiring, no matter the size of the event or the prominence of the location. I am often asked why I continue to do ironman and the answer is simple. I defined what I thought was possible. And then I have enjoyed redefining that over and over and over again
I did my first triathlon at Noosa in 2008. I love to swim bike run. I have tried different distances and had some luck to win an age group and university games title over Olympic distance. But I really enjoy the longer stuff. I was fortunate to win the inaugural ultraman Australia event in 2015, and then went on to come second at the ultraman world championships in Hawaii that year. I love the sport and love pushing my limits.
Alex Welsh is from Korumburra in country Victoria and is currently one of Australia’s top hand-cycle riders, he grew up as a determined motocross racer with ambitions to race at the highest level until a training accident caused a spinal cord injury when he was 17 years old. Alex maintained his same determination which lead him to get involved in wheelchair racing and hand cycling not long after wheeling out of hospital, he has since gone on to race his bike and chair all over the world. He has been competing in wheelchair sport since 2010 with multiple highlights and success, including 4 Australian national championships in hand-cycling and a world title in duathon. Alex combines his racing and training efforts with work for a wheelchair company and he plans to continue his amazing journey with hand-cycling racing and to help others get involved in wheelchair sport.
I started out in triathlon in 2005 after watching a friend compete in a mini corporate triathlon. Soon after I took part in my first race not long after and fell in love with the sport. I took part in my first half Ironman in 2008 and after discovering the Ultra distance in 2010 set my sights on multi-day triathlons. I have now completed 6 Ironman length races, two Ultraman's and I am the first female Australian to complete the Epic 5. Whilst I love to compete I hope to inspire other women to get involved in this sport.
I was born and raised in Toronto Canada and have been an athlete all my life. Whether it was playing rep level soccer, Provincial (State) volleyball, Track & Field as a Triple Jumper or rep level Ice Hockey (which I still play to this day...just not rep level) cycling has always been a mainstay throughout my life. All in all I just enjoy being fit because it makes me feel good (physically and mentally) and keeps my energy and mindset high and positive. I’m not getting any younger but that just makes me go harder!
Gabrielle is a Melbourne based triathlete with a passion for the sport, in particular cycling. Her favourite distance is Ironman and has been racing since 2014. She has raced in Ironman Melbourne, Ironman Busselton and is looking forward to tackling Ironman Malaysia in November as well as the 70.3 Sunshine Coast in September with her partner Samuel Beveridge.
With a background in cycling, I raced my first Ironman in 2014 and have been addicted to the sport ever since! I’m a dedicated triathlete who loves combining the sport with a balanced lifestyle. In my fifth Ironman race, I placed 2nd in my age group at Ironman Australia this year (racing in the Entrix trisuit!) with a race time of 9.36hrs. Next stop Ironman Malaysia.
Since being injured 9 years ago Robbie has shown strength and determination to overcome many challenges. Robbie is a personal trainer and demonstrates these traits to his client and shows that anything is possible by competing in a variety of endurance events. Last season Robbie completed a 100km cycling event, and a number of duathlons and his first Olympic distance triathlon. He plans to continue his racing with Ironman and 70.3 in his sights. ge.
I have been involved in triathlons since 2014 and over that period of time I have competed in many races ranging from sprint triathlon, half ironman (70.3), and full ironman (140.6) distances. My strongest discipline in triathlon is the run. I dream of one day qualifying for world championships in Kona but I’m under no illusions there is still a lot of hard work required to get to that level, and is more so a 2-5 year goal rather than in the short term. Having set a personal best time at the 2017 Ironman Cairns event I am definitely on my way.