Debut in the green and gold
Melly set to race the world’s best
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).
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.
FINE FORM: Melly Charlton claims third at this year's 10km event as part of the Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival.