Laura Harris

Name:Laura Harris (better known as Loz).

Laura (Loz) Harris

Resides: Port Macquarie, NSW

Age: 23

Coach: Nicole Ward

Profession: PE Teacher (soon to be), Gym Instructor/PT

Pre-race food: Nutella and Red Bull

I grew up in Port Macquarie NSW. I have recently returned home to Port from Newcastle NSW after completing my university studies. I have been living back in Port finishing off my degree in Physical Education in which I’ll officially finish in October this year. I was always an active kid, playing representative basketball for most of life as well as cross country running at school.

I made the switch to triathlon in 2008 and immediately threw myself into long course racing. It was pretty new to me, having never been involved with swimming or cycling but I was up for the challenge. I guess growing up in Port and having the Ironman and the 70.3 come to town every year was pretty inspiring so I set the goal of completing my first 70.3 in October that year.

I was hooked after that and decided to race some more the following year. I had a few Age Group wins and podium finishes in 2009 and found myself racing in the ITU Long distance Age Group World championships in Perth later that year, finishing 4th in the 20-24 Age Group. I was later selected on the NSW Endurance Development Squad and have been a member since.

Going away to training camps each year has been a great way of developing yourself as an athlete, meeting new people and building networks within the sport.

In 2010 and 2011 I continued to improve in racing results in long course and 70.3, qualifing for and competing at the World Ironman 70.3 championships in Clearwater, Florida, finishing 6th in the 18-24 Age Group, then 10th in the 18-24 Age Group the following year in Las Vegas.

Being in my final year of university studies this year meant there weren’t going to be any overseas trips due to a big work load, however I still managed to fit in a few 70.3′s, half marathon’s and some short course races, with some great results!

I have been training under coach, Nicole Ward since June and the results are already starting to show. I’m looking forward to a bigger and better season this year, including my first Ironman in Port Macquarie next year :)

Results:

Triathlon:

-1st in 20-24 Age Group – Australian Long Course Championships 2009
-4th in 20-24 Age Group – World ITU Long Distance Championships 2009
-2nd in 18-24 Age Group – Geelong 70.3 2010
-1st Open Female – Maitland Mid Distance Triathlon 2010
-6th in 18-24 Age Group/ First Australian female - World Ironman 70.3 Championships 2010
-2nd in 18-24 Age Group – Canberra 70.3 2010
-2nd in 20-24 Age Group – NSW State Long Course Championships
-1st in 18-24 Age Group/ 9th Overall - Port Macquarie 70.3 2011
-2nd in 18-24 Age Group – Cairns 70.3 2011
-10th in 18-24 Age Group – World Ironman 70.3 Championships 2011
-2nd in 18-24 Age Group – Canberra 70.3 2011
-1st in 18-24 Age Group/ 11th Overall – Cairns 70.3 2012

Named University of Newcastle Sports Person of the Year for 2011.

Running/Duathlon:

-2nd Open Female – Maclaey River Half Marathon 2009
-3rd Open Female – Hunter Valley Half Marathon 2010
-2nd Open Female – Hill to Harbour Half Marathon 2011
-1st 14-24 Age Group – NSW Duathlon Championships 2011
-1st 18-29 Age Group – Port Macquarie Half Marathon 2012
-4th 18-24 Age Group – Sydney Half Marathon 2012

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