Dom grew up in the Caribbean and used his swimming experience when he joined a triathlon club in the UK. He talks to Sundried about all things triathlon.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I have. I was born in Martinique, French Caribbean and like many children I started swimming lessons at the age of 8. By the age of 10 I was swimming for my local club. I even had the opportunity to be part of international events over the Caribbean and South America until the age of 17. I then moved to Europe and now I am part of a triathlon club in England.
What made you decide to enter triathlon?
It all started for charity. I wanted to challenge myself and at the same time wanted to feel like being part of an important cause. I have lost a family member, my cousin, to cancer and as she used to be a swimmer, I said to myself that the best way to pay tribute to her is to enter an triathlon event. As I was raising money for Cancer Research I was at the same time enjoying the training so much that I decided to carry on and triathlon quickly became a passion.
What’s been your best race to date?
I am also a runner and the best race that comes to mind is the London 10K. Thousands of people cheering you on, running the streets of London in front of beautiful monuments and crossing the finish line, it is all a mixture of feelings that words cannot describe
And your proudest achievement?
Definitely raising money for Cancer Research. I am sure my cousin would have been proud.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
Getting in the cold water is never easy, even with a wetsuit. I remember the weather at Eton Triathlon 2016 was windy and cold even though it was in May. That was pretty tough.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Always be focused on positive results, always give yourself 100% but most importantly, always enjoy yourself.
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Never give up, no matter how long it takes you, it will always be better than a DNF.
What are your goals for 2019?
I am training for my first half marathon in December this year.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
My fiancee. She is a runner and I am always amazed by her dedication to the sport. No matter the weather, the location or the time, she will always find the strength to go for a run.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I am an ethical consumer and when I first heard of an ethical activewear brand called Sundried I was amazed. I obviously checked online and realised that Sundried not only represents what I expect from an ethical company but also the collection looks great.
I would say that my favourite would be the Dom 2.0 Men's Training T-Shirt as Dom is my first name.