ON A ROLL
Watching the Beijing Olympics, Laura Siddall had no idea that triathlon was about to become her life as well…
Laura Siddall talks about her current achievements and dreams of Kona.
LAURA SIDDALL Age 36 Home Currently in Christchurch, New Zealand, but lives and trains around the world Occupation Professional triathlete (former mechanical engineer) Career highlights Victory at Challenge Poznan 2016 (first professional win); sub-nine-hour finish at Challenge Roth 2016; Gold at the World Championships in 2011 (sprint), 2012 and 2013 (Olympic distance). Winner of the Noosa Triathlon and Geelong Triathlon (Open Age) 2012
I’D ALWAYS BEEN sporty and, at university, represented England at a junior level in netball and athletics.
After moving to Sydney for work, I struggled to fit athletics into my new life. When a colleague suggested triathlon, I enrolled in a rookie course, but I wanted to do the more interesting sessions that the experienced triathletes were doing.
Entering the Busselton Ironman after one sprint was a bit of an eye-opener… I realised I’d jumped ahead too soon and went back to improving my skills for sprint and Olympic distances.
In 2010, I competed for GB at the World Championships in Budapest and was stunned to finish second in the sprint (racing on a borrowed bike after mine was stolen!) The following year, I took gold – becoming the fastest female overall. That race was a pivotal moment in my career.
After winning the Olympic distance the following year, I was ready to increase the distance again and came 11th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in 2013. Just a week later, I defended my Olympic distance title in London, then turned professional.
There’s still a long way to go in terms of what I can improve on, and there are so many great races out there, but I’d love to do Challenge Wanaka and Roth again, more European races and, of course, Kona. I don’t have long left in the sport, so I want to make the most of my time and push my limits as much as I can.
Laura is involved in the global movement morethansport.org