A brief overview about me!;
I was born on Friday (Friday’s child is loving and giving! ;)) 19th August 1977 at 6.40am. I was brought up on a farm in the Scottish Borders, with my brother Rob and sister Julia. Being the youngest I was probably the most spoilt and the most difficult! 😉
From Chirnside Primary School I moved to St Mary’s School in Melrose and then onto Fettes College in Edinburgh gaining 3 A levels in Maths, Biology and Chemistry but I was more interested in sport than studying! Hockey, Lacrosse, Athletics, XC Running, Skiing and Horse riding were my passion. I represented Scotland, whilst at school, in both Athletics (long jump and 400m hurdles) and Lacrosse. I went on to compete in the U19 Lacrosse World Champs, captained the Scotland U21 Lacrosse team and played for the Senior Scotland Lacrosse team.
After leaving school I took a year out which I spent in Gloucestershire working with horses in an eventing yard, before beginning my BSc Applied Sports Science degree course in Birmingham and then transferring to Edinburgh University. Having a part time job doing Market Research and the odd bit of modelling and promotional work enabled me to enjoy University life to the full.
Horses were becomming more and more important in my life. I was competing most weekends and before I knew it I was working in a Point-2-point/Eventing yard. After a year and a half I set up my own business training and competing horses, which I did for almost 10 years. I was very lucky to have some fantastic owners and talented horses. (Equally I had some very naughty horses!!) I competed from intro (90cm) up to Advanced level. Another Hamlet, my own horse, was my superstar who took me up the grades, notching many wins. He sadly passed away recently after a happy retirement.
Whilst still working with horses I gained an Exec PA diploma and began working part time at Scotlandshop, an online sales company which sells everything and anything tartan.
I moved to South Africa in February 2010 to begin life in Cape Town. I joined New Balance Multisport Club, now Cape Multisport Club, and I am now hooked on road running, trail running, cycling, mountain biking, duathlons and triathlons! You will very rarely find me sitting still 🙂
I am a very proud brand ambassador for SweatGear and Zoggs 🙂
I completed my first Ironman in 2013 and raced at the Ironman World Champs in Kona, Hawaii 2014 (I have now raced 9 IM70.3 and 8 IM). I’ve also done some mtbing – Trans Baviaans x2, 360NE, W2W…
2017 didn’t go quite as planned and I’m delighted to still be alive!! – read about my DVT and PE HERE.
A year on I’m fit, healthy and loving life 🙂 I’m looking forward to racing 70.3 World Champs on 1st September in Port Elizabeth and I’ve also already qualified for 70.3 World Champs 2019 in Nice.
My mountain bike is currently having some time out but will be back in action later in the year – I miss the mud and cuts and grazes!
I’m very grateful for everything I am able to do; a big thanks to Cobus, my coach Dave Sullivan (Wingman Multisport Coaching), Biokineticist Werner Meyer (Bio Health), Physio & Pilates instructor Liandi van der Westhuyzen and masseuse Lizette Viljoen.