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Mia Hawkins Athlete Ambassador

by Alexandra Parren

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Mia is a triathlete who has raced for Team GB at an international level. She talks to Sundried about training and racing.

Have you always been into sport?

Yes, I have always enjoyed many sports from a young age, particularly I enjoyed gymnastics when I was growing up.

What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?

I have always enjoyed being outdoors and taking part in sports. At university I joined the triathlon club and got more into the sport from there. Joining a club or training group is a great way to get into the sport.

What’s been your favourite race to date and why?

Racing on the Gold Coast in Australia at the 2018 Triathlon World Championships representing GBR, as the atmosphere and whole experience was incredible.

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And your proudest achievement?

Qualifying for the 2019 Triathlon World Championships and racing at the 2018 Triathlon World Championships.

Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?

It was 5am and I was on my way to my race and I forgot to put the back wheel of my bike in the car and ran it over! I didn’t have a spare wheel but luckily when I got to the race I borrowed a new set of wheels from the race expo. So it turned out not to be a disaster but was almost a disaster.

How do you overcome setbacks?

Dealing with setbacks is hard but I believe ‘everything happens for a reason’ and try to focus on the positives in a situation.

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What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started competing?

To practise transitions/mounting and dismounting the bike.

What are your goals for 2019?

Racing and finishing in the top 15 at the 2019 Triathlon World Championships.

Who do you take your inspiration from?

I enjoy following the ITU world series races and am inspired by all the GBR girls racing.

What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?

The quality of the Sundried kit is fantastic and the kit is excellent value for money. My favourite piece of kit is the Sundried bib shorts as they are so comfy, which is so important when you are spending so long wearing your kit.

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