UWA alumni and two-time World Duathlon champion Felicity Sheedy-Ryan is heading to the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship ready to unleash her bike/run combination on the super-fast Penrith course and is determined to throw a cat among the pigeons.
Widely acknowledged as a one of the most talented runners of her era in triathlon, the 32 year old veteran has reinvigorated her career since changing coaches to Cameron Watt and is coming off a strong performance at the iconic Noosa Triathlon where she pushed world #2 Ashleigh Gentle to the limit.
Growing up in Western Australia, Felicity’s childhood revolved around gymnastics, the occasional fun run and dabbling in school cross country. It wasn’t until her final year in high school and a third place in the All Schools Championship that her incredible leg speed was publicly unveiled.
Post-school, Felicity had her hands full combining triathlon with full-time study in Human Movement and Sports Science at The University of Western Australia, where she got involved in the UWA Triathlon Club.
In the five years from 2006 to 2010, Felicity took part in 22 International Triathlon Union competitions and achieved 10 top ten positions. In 2011, she won two gold medals at the European Cup in Geneva and the Premium European Cup in Banyoles.
Felicity is now flourishing in her new, supportive training environment and is looking for a win in Western Sydney to secure a start in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa in 2018 and kick-start her journey towards Tokyo 2020.
Originally published by Shawn Smith, Trizone, 23 November 2017
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication, and Events