Ngarama finds fresh chal­lenge

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By HAMISH BID­WELL

Here’s some­thing that’ll give you an in­sight into Ngarama Mil­ner-Olsen.

‘‘Six months into my preg­nancy, one Christ­mas morn­ing, we went out for a run and I said to my hus­band [Carl], ‘That’s my last run’.

‘‘So I went out and taught my­self to swim.’’

Now the for­mer Cap­i­tal Shak­ers and Cen­tral Pulse mid­courter, wants to contest an Iron­man world cham­pi­onship.

Work­ing with ath­letes has al­ways been the Porirua res­i­dent’s trade.

Fol­low­ing the 2012 trans- Tas­man netball league sea­son it was time to start a fam­ily and she also opted to push her own sports bound­aries.

Bibs and dresses were out and bike hel­mets and swim caps in.

Her hus­band was dab­bling in triathlons and she had the odd client who was too, through her business Mo­bile Fit­ness So­lu­tions.

The only prob­lems she had were that she couldn’t swim, stay­ing up­right on a triathlon bike was trick­ier than it looked and she had an in­fant daugh­ter to look after.

‘‘But I’m al­ways up for a chal­lenge,’’ she said.

Fast for­ward to to­day and things have moved on.

Daugh­ter Amokura is 19 months old and Mil­ner-Olsen has won her age-group at three events, and been sec­ond fe­male home over­all in each.

She is look­ing to com­plete a full Iron­man for the first time in Taupo in March.

She’s not en­tirely sure where it might all lead, but is loving the ride.

‘‘I did my first duathlon [in Septem­ber 2013] and as soon as the hooter went, my com­pet­i­tive edge took over and I re­alised I wasn’t get­ting into this for fun.

‘‘After leav­ing the Pulse I re­alised how much time I had on my hands, but also how much I missed sport.’’


Pedal to the metal: For­mer Cen­tral Pulse mid­courter Ngarama Mil­ner-Olsen, has been busy since re­tir­ing from netball to start a fam­ily.

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