Iron flows in her veins
ATHLETE MOTIVATED BY LOSS OF LOVED ONE
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.
Scarborough resident Kerry Morris (28) turned professional as a triathlete in March. She will compete overseas in the next few weeks.