De­but in the green and gold

Melly set to race the world’s best

Multisport Mecca - - Itu Grand Final Q&a -

Full name: Melissa Charl­ton. Nick­name: Melly. Birth­place: Red­cliffe.

Cur­rent res­i­den­tial sub­urb: Bud­erim. Oc­cu­pa­tion: Pi­lates stu­dio owner, Stu­dio Fit­ness. physio as­sis­tant at Sun­shine Coast De­vel­op­men­tal Phys­io­ther­apy. Age and mar­i­tal sta­tus: ’81 model (37), one child (six-year-old son), not mar­ried yet (10-year com­mit­ment).

Sport: Triathlon.

Coach: An­nelise Jef­feries, swim coach Kozza.

Club: At­las Mul­tisports.

Favourite food: Big Queens­lan­der burger from Grill’d on the low carb su­per bun served with reg­u­lar chips with the herb mayo.

Favourite drink: I look for­ward to my Fri­day night Corona with fresh lime, it’s my cel­e­bra­tion of the week’s ac­com­plish­ments. What other sports do you do: Mo­tor­bike en­duro.

Pet hates: Mo­torists who have no re­spect for cyclist. Favourite run lo­ca­tion and why: Caloun­dra fore­shore to Golden Beach, sweep­ing views of the ocean with less peo­ple traf­fic. I love the mix­ture of hills and flat ter­rain. What are your favourite shoes: I train in ASICS DS Train­ers and race in ASICS Gel-Hyper Speed. Favourite rid­ing lo­ca­tion and why: Sun­shine Coast Hin­ter­land for the end­less hill climbs and views of the Glass House Moun­tains. What bike do you ride: I train on my trusty six-year-old roadie – Gi­ant TCR and race on my Cervelo P2. Favourite swim lo­ca­tion: Noth­ing beats Mooloolaba Beach for easy 2km open wa­ter ses­sion and the USC sports precinct of­fers the best train­ing fa­cil­ity on the Sunny Coast, mo­ti­va­tion over­load with the par­a­lympic swim­mers fly­ing fast you. What swimwear and gog­gles do you use: I live in Amanzi swimwear, keeps the girls away and the butt lifted. I would be lost without my Zoggs Preda­tor gog­gles. Best or most mem­o­rable event: The Bud­erim 9 Chal­lenge Ride. Shar­ing the joy with the Bud­erim 9 am­bas­sadors Max Quaglio and Joshua Paix. Rid­ing with this dy­namic duo ev­ery year at the Bud­erim 9 is by far the most mem­o­rable event. Bud­erim 9 is in­spired by the can-do at­ti­tude to take on any chal­lenge these two cham­pi­ons dis­play on a daily ba­sis.

Bucket-list events: Cairns 70.3 and Hell of the West.

Favourite race: I love to sup­port lo­cal. Her­vey Bay 100 and the Bri­bie Is­land Triathlon Se­ries. What’s your favourite part of rac­ing and train­ing: The en­dor­phins of smash­ing a solid train­ing ses­sion solo. It’s taken me years to re­alise that you will never reach your full po­ten­tial un­less you push your­self on your own. My favourite part of rac­ing is the start line, lin­ing up with other out­stand­ing fe­male age groupers. What does a train­ing week look like for you in terms of vol­ume and dis­ci­plines: #1 rule – qual­ity over quan­tity. I clock av­er­age hours per week mixed with loads of sweat, no tears and few fly­ing f’s. I train all three dis­ci­plines equally with con­sis­tency and look for­ward to my one day off each week. What is your most dreaded ses­sion: When coach makes me swims 20x100s. Full men­tal set that makes me count (I’m not great at count­ing laps). How are you feel­ing ahead of

worlds: Ready to race at my per­sonal best know­ing that I’m al­ready a win­ner. I have full trust in my ca­pa­bil­i­ties to be proud of my achieve­ment what ever the out­come. I’ve made the com­mit­ment, trained smart with the cor­rect coach and ready to con­quer race day. Is this your first time rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia: First time. I’m so proud to call my­self Aus­tralian and to rep­re­sent my coun­try in my cho­sen sport is so hon­ourable. How do you man­age to fit in train­ing with work and life com­mit­ments: My stu­dio busi­ness op­er­ates early morn­ing and late af­ter­noon which gives me plenty of time to com­plete my daily train­ing load dur­ing the day when my son is at­tend­ing school. I train su­per early on the week­ends to keep the fam­ily bal­ance. If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be and why: By far Kelly Slater, ex­cep­tional hu­man be­ing, great­est ath­lete of all time and ad­vo­cate for healthy eat­ing, clean liv­ing and sus­tain­able choices. When you were lit­tle what job

did you want to do: In­jury re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. Now, I cur­rently work at the Sun­shine Coast De­vel­op­men­tal Phys­io­ther­apy, spe­cial­ist ther­apy ser­vices for Sun­shine Coast Chil­dren. Sup­port­ing ev­ery­day su­per heroes.

Best movie: Brave­heart – Wil­liam Wal­lace melts my heart. Cur­rent car: Nis­san Navara. Dream car: LOL should be dream bike. 2019 Trek Speed Con­cept

Spon­sor/am­bas­sador: Road Pro Engi­neer­ing, AUS Team 2018 spon­sor­ship and Amanzi Swimwear am­bas­sador.

PHOTO: MARATHON PHO­TOS

FINE FORM: Melly Charl­ton claims third at this year's 10km event as part of the Sun­shine Coast Marathon Fes­ti­val.

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