Natasha Pertwee Team GB Age Group Triathlete
Natasha made a big move to Australia the same year she qualified for the Team GB Age Group team. She talks to Sundried about all things triathlon.
Have you always been into sport?
I have always been a sporty person and have actively participated in many sports from karate to climbing, hockey to skiing, but in the last 5-6 years I have been training hard for triathlon.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I was a member of a running club and after a while I felt that I needed to try something new. A couple of other people fancied a go at triathlon and so we got together and entered our first race. I haven’t looked back since.
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Without a doubt it was the World Championship in Mexico last year. It was perfect. Perfect venue, perfect support and the race went exactly to plan. I couldn’t have asked for more.
And your proudest achievement?
Qualifying for Team GB's Age Group team.
Have you ever had any racing disasters/your toughest race yet?
Every race is an opportunity to learn. My worst race ever was a local race very early in the season. I decided not to put an extra layer on in transition and my hands became so cold that I couldn't change gear or press on the brakes!
How do you overcome setbacks?
I have certainly had challenges along the way. Work, family and life in general can throw all sorts of challenges at you. As a family we emigrated to Australia at the same time as qualifying for GB. That’s a lot to organise in 1 year!
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Get swimming lessons straight away!
What are your goals for 2018?
I hope to qualify for GB again next year.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
There are so many people I take inspiration from. Those who have made it to the top of their field like Chrissie Wellington but also the mums, dads and kids who turn out to the local events and give it their all. It is a sport for everyone.
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
My favourite things are the shorts and the training tops. I don’t need the warm things as much now that I am in Australia! I'd love to see more running shorts. I love the fact that Sundried has charity at its heart and as a company they consider the environment and ethics within the company structure. It is inspiring.