It’s not every day your Year 2 teacher represents Australia, takes on the world’s best in an international triathlon event and finishes an inspirational 13th in her age group – but remarkable Kathrin Wardlaw has done just that!
When the starter’s gun fired for the punishing 1500m swim, 40 km cycle and 10 km run event at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on the Gold Coast recently, Ms Wardlaw battled it out against same-age competitors from around the world including Brazil, USA and Great Britain.
Messages of congratulations from families and colleagues, some who had even live streamed the event, were posted on social media soon after Ms Wardlaw crossed the finish line to help celebrate the impressive result and applaud the inspirational example her world class journey has been to the girls and the whole school community.
More than 5000 competitors from 46 nations competed across the categories in the world event held at the Southport Broadwater Parklands on 12-16 September.
Prior to the event Ms Wardlaw said her daily training schedule, commitment to eating the right food and a positive mindset where all key factors in her preparation and added “… it may sound punishing, it’s actually a lot of fun!”
“Training with my wonderful squad, the Melbourne Triathlon Club, makes it enjoyable,” she said.
“My strongest leg is definitely the bike and my favourite leg changes a lot depending on how I am feeling – often the run because it’s the last leg,” she said.
Miss Wardlaw first started competing in triathlons 8 years ago after being inspired by her sister and sister-in-law.
“When I moved to Melbourne 8 years ago, after teaching in London for two years, I also wanted to meet new people, so I joined a beginner’s triathlon course with the Melbourne Triathlon Club and I haven’t looked back since.”
For Miss Wardlaw, who spent her first 6 years after university as a Physical Education teacher, health and fitness and providing a strong role model for girls is very important.