Occupation: Aspiring professional triathlete, Specialized Bikes salesperson and student
Hometown: Launceston, Tasmania
Residence: Adelaide, South Australia
Holly was a relative late-comer to the sport of triathlon, participating in her first novice triathlon at the age of 20 with her home club, Launceston Triathlon Club.
From then on she was hooked on the sport but coming from an unusual background of sailing, quickly realized she would never develop the speed needed to compete in short-course racing.
She stepped up to the Olympic distance with a brutal induction named the “Kentish Hell in the Hills Triathlon” in 2010, which in every way lived up to its name (although the ‘hell’ part had less to do with the hills and more to do with the hypothermia contracted). Considering this it was a surprise she even wanted to continue in the sport but continue she did, stepping up in distance again to the Coles Bay Long Course (2/80/20) in 2011. Her 2nd place finish to seasoned pro Amelia Pearson qualified her for the national ITU Long Distance World Championships and after several months of serious fund-raising she managed to get herself to Henderson, Nevada, USA.
Race morning dawned at 3 degrees with snow on the hills and a freezing wind forcing race organisers to cancel the 4km swim portion of the race and start the bike/run in a time trial format. Holly went on to win her 18-24 age group for her first major win in the sport.
The win started off a great year for Holly, which included wins in the Bridport Olympic Distance Triathlon, the Tasmanian Sprint Distance Championship, the Coles Bay 100 (doubling as the Tasmanian Long Distance Championship), the overall Triathlon Tasmania State Series, Triathlon Tasmania’s Female Athlete of the Year award, the Tasmanian Duathlon Championships, the 18-24 age group at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Yeppoon (3rd amateur) and the MurrayMan Long Course triathlon in South Australia.
Holly’s aim is to become a professional triathlete and to this end she is making a big move by relocating to Adelaide in 2013.
Her long-term plan is also to qualify as a sports nutritionist.
The next race on her agenda is Canberra 70.3 in December 2012.