To celebrate today being International Women’s Day, we have written about inspiring women in triathlon and swimming. This weeks blog features five female athletes that we think are an inspiration! Read more to see who we have featured… #SheRacesZone3
1. Keri-anne Payne – Olympic Silver Medalist
Keri-anne Payne is a Double World Champion and Olympic Silver medalist in Open Water Swimming. She grew up in South Africa and started swimming when she was 4 years old.
Now retired from her open water swimming career, Keri-anne Payne now runs a coaching company, Triscape, with her husband.
2. Gillian Sanders – from Lawyer to Elite Triathlete
Gillian Sanders is a double Olympian and elite triathlete. She studied and practiced law in South Africa and was the youngest female lawyer to appear in the High court in RSA.
At the end of 2011 she decided to stop practicing law and focus on Triathlon, and she competed in the London Olympics in 2012.
3. Edwina Brocklesby – Britains oldest Ironwoman
Edwina Brocklesby is Britains oldest female triathlete to complete an Ironman at the age of 74.
She started running when she was 50. After her husband died she trained for and consequently completed the London Marathon, with the support of her running club. She completed her first triathlon in London in 1999 and since then she has completed 5 Ironmans.
In 2014, she also launched a charity called Silverfit. Her aim was to engage the older demographic in more exercise, looking to keep them more active and creating a social environment. They run sessions in a variety of different sports around London.
Photo credit: http://www.silverfit.org.uk/2017/12/07/ironman-irongran-blog-eddie
4. Claire Cashmore – 4 x Paralympian Swimmer and Triathlete
Claire Cashmore is a Paralympian who has won 4 bronze, 3 silver and 1 gold medals in swimming throughout her Paralympic career.
She was born without a left forearm, and she states that getting involved in sport really helped boost her self-confidence.
Recently, she has decided to pick up Triathlon as well as swimming and she is hoping to compete in the World Championships in the Gold Coast in September 2018.
Photo credit: Salud_AquawizPhotography
5. Nikki Bartlett – Rower turned Pro Triathlete
Nikki Bartlett started her athletic career as a rower, and then made the switch to triathlon in 2012. She became pro in 2015 and since then she has achieved many podium results.
In addition to her success, she is open about the ups and downs that come with being a professional athlete discusses her journey in the triathlon world on her blog.
Most recently, she raced Ironman 70.3 Dubai, and also she is currently training towards Ironman South Africa which is on 15th April.