Ed­munds’ iron will


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

WITH an ap­ti­tude for ex­er­cise and a head for maths, Naomi Ed­munds makes for an im­pres­sive role model for young women.

The Pen­rhos Col­lege teacher earned a Legacy place in the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onships next month, af­ter com­pet­ing in ev­ery Bus­sel­ton Iron­man since its in­cep­tion in Aus­tralia 14 years ago.

“The world chal­lenge is held in Hawaii; a sweet pin­na­cle af­ter many years of com­pet­ing,” she said.

“I ex­pect to be par­tic­i­pat­ing with a few thou­sand oth­ers in my age group (50 to 55).”

Legacy chal­lengers must have com­pleted a min­i­mum of 12 fulld­is­tance Iron­man races to be el­i­gi­ble for the global chal­lenge.

Ed­munds’ proud fa­ther John con­tacted the Gazette to share news of his daugh­ter’s lat­est achieve­ment.

“I think it’s quite in­cred­i­ble; she is the only woman to have com­peted in ev­ery Bus­sel­ton Iron­man since its in­cep­tion here in 2004,” he said.

The 52-year-old of For­rest­field, said the step up to Iron­man was con­sid­er­able and the event it­self is an adrenalin rush.

Stay­ing fit is a way of life. She grew up in a fam­ily of ice skaters and later pur­sued an in­ter­est in eques­trian sports.

The call of Iron­man came at age 41.

Ed­munds de­scribed the achieve­ments of Madonna Buder (also known as ‘the Iron Nun’) as be­yond in­spi­ra­tion.

Sis­ter Buder holds the world record as the old­est per­son to fin­ish an Iron­man Triathlon, which she ob­tained at age 82.

Years of triathlon train­ing paved the way for Ed­munds’ ul­ti­mate fit­ness chal­lenge on Oc­to­ber 8.

More than 2000 ath­letes from around the world will em­bark on the 171.5km jour­ney to test the body, mind and spirit.

“I love triathlon and train ev­ery day in at least two of the events,” she said.

“My big­gest chal­lenge is I hate run­ning – but I can do it.”

She said daily train­ing helped her stay healthy over the years and she urged other women to have a go.

“Triathlon is a tough event and male dom­i­nated but more women than ever are tak­ing part,” she said.

The for­mer triathlon coach said many fe­male teams ex­isted across Perth, along with clubs for chil­dren and youth.

“There is great at­mos­phere at triathlon events, I’d re­ally en­cour­age ev­ery­one to go along and see for them­selves… or­di­nary peo­ple can do it.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hewson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d459128

Naomi Ed­munds.

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