In Profile: Sharon Smith

An athlete who never knew she was one until she turned her life around from a pack a day smoker to podium finisher! What else is she capable of??!!…..

Name: Sharon Smith

Nickname: Scoota: (now let me explain…) A previous coach use to affectionately refer to a small group of his athletes as Pandas (like in the cartoon Kung fu). We just needed a little more attention and lots of encouragement. It was from there the adventures of Speedie (AKA Caroline) and Scoota started. Two pandas who love Triathalon and having fun together

Age / Age Group: 55-60

Lives: StKilda West, Melbourne

Targeted Sport: Triathlon

Years in the Sport: 7 years

How did you get started: :My now husband was starting his Ironman journey, he encouraged me and made believe anything is possible. I would come along to some of his training session and get pulled in. I won an entry to my first tri( so rigged) and there was no turning back!

Why I choose CPC: I met Sarah at a previous Triathalon club and years later I was really impressed by this bucket of energy who had totally reinvent herself. I loved her philosophy and her realistic smart approach to training.

What I ‘get’ from my sport: It can’t be measured, it keeps me sane, it’s helped me to became more organised. I have the most amazing friends associated with the sport. I love training, it helps me to be more balanced, happy , strong and to appreciate others around me.

Ultimate Goal: So many, ultimately an Ironman if the body is willing

What I couldn’t live without: Peter, my partner in life, my friends and a good coffee

Biggest love: My bike ( and Peter)

Pet peeve!: Cyclist who don’t follow the road rules and gives us all a bad name

Interesting fact about me: There was a time in my life when I was very overweight, I smoked a packet of cigarettes a day and my idea of exercise was swimming to a pool bar . I had never won anything until my 55th birthday – proof anything absolutely is possible ! !

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