Iron flows in her veins

ATH­LETE MO­TI­VATED BY LOSS OF LOVED ONE

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

SCAR­BOR­OUGH triath­lete Kerry Mor­ris, who re­cently turned pro­fes­sional, is mo­ti­vated to race at world cham­pi­onships for a loved one who she lost last year.

The 28-year-old left her job as a civil en­gi­neer to fo­cus on com­pet­ing on the world triathlon cir­cuit, with the goal of qual­i­fy­ing for the 2018 World Cham­pi­onships in South Africa.

In her first two pro­fes­sional races, she com­peted bravely at the Chal­lenge Mel­bourne half-iron­man dis­tance be­fore be­ing forced to pull out, and claimed third place at the Bus­sel­ton Iron­man 70.3 race.

Mor­ris said she was mo­ti­vated to race for those peo­ple who could not com­pete.

“Last year, I lost a friend who was re­ally close to me – she was quite young,” she said.

“Even in Bus­sel­ton, when I was in the re­ally deep mo­ments, I was think­ing about her. I have taken a lot of mo­ti­va­tion from that at the mo­ment but also to find the best in my­self.”

Mor­ris said she started triathlon in 2014 be­cause she wanted a new chal­lenge.

“I had chal­lenges at work but I was not get­ting so much per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion from that,” she said.

“I had just met some guys up on site when I was work­ing on Bar­row Is­land and they were say­ing they were get­ting up at 3.30am and train­ing.” Mor­ris said she looked up to triathlon stars Katey Gibb, Katy and Michelle Duffield and two-time world cham­pion Daniela Ryf. “I am a big dreamer so I like to dream big; to cross that fin­ish line and come in third in Bus­sel­ton was just one of the hap­pi­est mo­ments in my life,” she said. “There were a few tears and to be up there with Katey Gibb, the girl I looked up to when I first started this, it was a real spe­cial thing. I was just re­ally proud of my­self.”

Mor­ris said her dream was to record a podium fin­ish at the world cham­pi­onships one day.

“One of my favourite say­ings is ‘if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough’,” she said.

“You re­ally have got un­til late 30s or early 40s to com­pete in the sport with the long dis­tance triathlon, so I still have some years in me.”

Mor­ris will com­pete at Pat­taya In­ter­na­tional Triathlon in Thai­land and 5150 Iron­man in Su­bic Bay in the Philip­pines over the next fort­night.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469556

Scar­bor­ough res­i­dent Kerry Mor­ris (28) turned pro­fes­sional as a triath­lete in March. She will com­pete over­seas in the next few weeks.

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