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Anel grew up as a swimmer in South Africa and now races triathlon in the UK. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, I grew up in South Africa and swam at national level and participated in lots of team sports at school.

How did you first get into triathlon?

I started swimming with one of my work colleagues at lunch time and she got me into triathlon, now it has totally taken over my life.

What has been your favourite race to date and why?

Windsor Triathlon 2019. I won best female in the Olympic wave.

What is your proudest achievement?

Qualifying for the GB age group team to compete in ETU standard distance, winning at Windsor, achieving 2nd Female at Brighton 2019 and Dorney Lake Triathlon 2019 and 2020.

Have you ever had any racing disasters?

Yes, swimming to the wrong exit! I also once had freezing hands so I couldn't undo my bike helmet.

How do you overcome setbacks?

I focus on my goal, but realise that things don't always go to plan and that setbacks will make me stronger, even though it's not easy at the time.

What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?

Training means consistency every day; plan ahead and stick to your plan.

What are your goals?

To achieve Top 10 at the European Triathlon Championships 2021.

Who inspires you?

My coach Vicky Gill and my Precision race teammates.

Why work with Sundried?

I bought cycling shorts from Sundried recently and was very happy with the product. It is a privilege to promote Sundried products.