ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – OCTOBER 2017

 AOTM Jessica Parnwell

 

Congratulations to Jessica Parnwell, AOTM for October 2017. Well done!!!

 

Jessica wins the award for outstanding efforts in training, placing 3rd in her age group at Robina and smashing her PBs in the latest swim and run time trials.

A big thank you to our sponsors Diamondport, the Brow BarShoes Feet GearBikeFit Studio and Avantiplus The Valley, for donating this month’s prizes.

 

 

1.           Red Dog AOTM, how do you feel about that?

Very chuffed, surprised and humbled. 

2.           What attracted you to the club?

I needed friends to train with and google said Red Dog had the most people and the best results so here I am. I have never looked back. My friends Ash and Josh also gave the club a good wrap. 

3.           How much training do you do at the moment?

I travel a bit for work so it varies but I try to get 12 to 14 hours in. Anything more and I am a zombie. 

4.           Least favourite session and why?

2 x 20 mins on the trainer. It is so boring!!  or 5x1k on the track. 

5.           If you had one wish, what would it be?

In the triathlon realm it would be to be able to do a flying mount out of transition. I look like a gma getting on a bike! Outside of triathlon it would be to be tall. 

 6.           Favourite motivational quote?

This is hard I say so many to myself during a race.."Pain is only temporary," "you are in three races," "run to form" are the main ones.. A day to day favourite is "do it because you love it". 

7.           The one bit of advice I’d give to a newbie is…  

Take it slow, trust the process and have fun! 

8.           My next race is… Noosa 

9.         I couldn’t do what I do without… Nodoze and the support of my brother. He is seriously the best,  always makes me feel good about a session/race even if I know it was poop. 

10.       What do you do outside of triathlons?

I am an environmental consultant and I travel to some pretty exciting places (not really) to look at things like weeds and play with soil and water. I am also studying law part time this year. I dabble in touch football and don't mind a drink on the weekend. 

11.       What’s your one guilty pleasure? 

After dinner acai bowls from Kokobana. I highly recommend the nutter! 

A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – SEPTEMBER 2017

 AOTM DarrellCrimson

 

Congratulations to Darrell Crimson, AOTM for September 2017. Well done!!!

 

Darrell wins the award for placing 5th in his age group at Sunshine Coast 70.3 and qualifying for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

A big thank you to our sponsors Endura, GMN Vegie PrepiNo More Knots and Avantiplus The Valley for donating this month’s prizes for donating this month’s prizes.

 

1.           Red Dog AOTM, how do you feel about that?

I was really surprised to say the least. However, I’m honoured that I can join the same honours list as Nicole Ennis and Steve Mann. 

2.           What attracted you to the club?

My neighbour, Dennis Eiszele, put me onto the club after several years of training solo. Straight away, I loved the variety and challenge of the sessions and the camaraderie.

3.           How much training do you do at the moment?

6 days per week. I’m officially old, so recovery is important.  My training mirrors the weekly schedule, so I can join sessions through the week. I struggle to get past 14 hours per week due to my work.

4.           Least favourite session and why?

I don’t have a least favourite session. If there is one drill I hate, then it’s one armed drills. “What’s the point?”, I ask myself as I gasp for air.

5.           If you had one wish, what would it be?

To be a better swimmer and to be able to clip in quickly.

 6.           Favourite motivational quote?

“Pain is temporary, but the disappointment of quitting will last a lifetime, particularly if Brett Sweeney knows about it”. (Borrowed from Lance Armstrong)

7.           The one bit of advice I’d give to a newbie is…  

Don’t compare yourself to others; don’t place limitations on yourself- listen to Trent; be consistent; get out of your comfort zone.

8.           My next race is… Noosa, as a lead in to a Hervey Bay 100.

9.         I couldn’t do what I do without… Kristine, my wife. She gets how single minded I can be about this sport. She’s happy when I’m happy.

10.       What do you do outside of triathlons?

Deputy Principal stuff and find places to eat and drink.

11.       What’s your one guilty pleasure? 

I have no guilt. I love a good jam doughnut.

A list of all AOTM recipients can be found here

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