Name: Emma Phelps
So tell us in brief your story?
I competed in my first triathlon in February this year in New Plymouth in support of Catwalk.
From there I decided I wanted to get into Triathlons and the next one I was available for was
the last of the Tri Series races in Christchurch. This race was a duathlon and I decided to
give it a shot. There was also the chance of being selected for the New Zealand Age Group
team to compete at the World Champs. Never having done a duathlon before, I had nothing
to lose. I competed in the race and managed to win my age group (20-24). From here I was
selected to represent New Zealand at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide in
October this year.
Why the love of sport?
I have always been passionate about sport. I’m studying it at university for one and have
played it my entire life. Whether it was hockey, rowing, tennis, cycling or running, I was
always out competing.
Hockey: I was in my school (Wanganui Collegiate) 1st XI for three years. I am currently apart
of the Marist Division One hockey team.
Rowing: I was also in the top eight and four at school and was an U18 North Island Triallist.
To represent New Zealand on the ITU circuit and to compete as an U23 or an elite triathlete.
If you could be any sportsperson in the world who would it be?
Sally Fitzgibbons, Courtney Hancock or Gwen Jorgensen. Can’t decide on one!