An inspiring athlete…. we first met Rosie in Chicago at the ITU World Triathlon Championships.
‘Work hard and remain focused and the results will speak for themselves’
Here’s her story…
Tell us a bit about yourself
After living in London for 10 years, I returned home to Perth and was introduced to triathlons and Exceed tri club. 4 years later, I can’t imagine life without trilife. Working full time (marketing manager) & training circa 15 hours a week certainly has it’s challenges but I try to juggle it all. My friends, work mates and family are very supportive of my intense lifestyle which makes life easier.
What makes you feel alive / What fills your soul?
I am my worst critic and thrive on challenging myself and pushing my body to its limits. Sometimes I succeed, other times I make mistakes which I feel only makes me a stronger person and athlete. I thrive in the most challenging conditions when racing and training – it’s not easy during the process, but love the feeling of accomplishment afterwards.
I am lucky enough to share my trilife with my family – my nephew (9) has especially got the bug and I love supporting him and watching tri highlights with him
Whats your favourite cycling style?
Exploring Perth’s hills on my roadie. I love climbing and enjoying the stunning scenery with training mates.
What’s your sporting history?
I grew up doing equestrian activities, eventing which consists of dressage, show jumping and cross country. At school I was pretty sporty. At uni I pursued track & field and went onto represent WA in 400m hurdles. I currently a, enjoying Bikram yoga as a good physical and mental balance for life.
What has been your biggest sporting achievement to date?
I’ve been lucky enough to represent Aus in 2 world champs in triathlon. My biggest achievement was winning my AG in Busselton 70.3 in 2017 and also competing in Open category of triathlons in WA (the highest level).
What has been your most memorable race to date?
Without doubt the inaugural Clouds 2 Coast triathlon, well triathlon is a loose phrase. The event started with a skydive onto a small island, swim into shore and then bike and run. The race format was brilliant. I was racing against some of WA’s best pro triathletes – I was the ‘hardcore amateur’ being a destination event to support tourism in Jurien Bay (north WA) it included a tv show whichever was another highlight.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced with your sporting life and how did you overcome it?
In Dec 2015 I broke my collarbone, scapula and ribs in a bike riding accident during training. It was the hardest mental and physical journey, compounded by missing the bulk of the 15/16 season. I had a number of friends, family and professionals who were instrumental to get me back racing and know I never want to go through that again! Don’t fall off your bikes folks:)
What type of bike do you ride?
I mix up my training between a Giant Propel (roadie) and a Felt IA. I also have a fixie – which doesn’t really get much use.
Where’s your dream race destination?
For me the dream racing destination is Kona – but I have a long way to go, as I need to race an Ironman distance first. Im a big believer in dreams being big enough they scare me.
What are you currently training for?
ITU World Championships (standard distance) in Gold Coast this September
Whats your favourite meal to fuel your training?
I love breakfast food, scrambled eggs, overnight oats or porridge or pancakes. The #1 fuel is coffee
What your favourite indulgence food? Everything in moderation right!
Anything sweet – probably licorish or Oreos. I avoid buying them as once ive opened them, they’re gone in minutes.
Do you have a favourite café/restaurant ?
Sourdough toast, scrambled eggs with feta and spinach from Boukla in Subiaco. Plus an almond milk long mac coffee. They also do fantastic pastries and cakes
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
I love exploring Australia at the moment and fav locations Queensland especially Noosa. I love the national park and beaches and have done the infamous Noosa tri a couple of times.
What advice would you give someone to live a soul full life?
Work hard and remain focused and the results will speak for themselves