Claudia Kelly

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Club: East End SLSC, Mermaid Beach A.E.M.E SLSC, Aquabladz NPSC

Coach: Joel Meuli, Mike Janes, Sue Southgate

Instagram Handle: Claudia__kelly

Favourite Event: Ironwoman

Personal Best Results:

-Top Overall U16 Competitor SLSNZ Nationals 2017, Gold in U16 Diamond race and Board race. Silver in Ski, Swim, Run-swim-run and U19 Ironwoman.

-Gold in U19 Ski relay and Double Ski SLSNZ Nationals 2018.

-Part of the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving team competing at Sanyo Cup 2017 and 2017, and the Junior Black Fins at ISRC 2017.

- Silver in the youth Ironwoman on test match 2 and 3 at ISRC 2017.

Goals for this Season: To help lead the Junior Black Fins to victory at Rescue 2018, and to win the youth Ironwoman and medal in youth Board, Ski and Swim. Another goal for this season is to make the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series and take out the U19 Ironwoman and top U19 competitor at the SLSNZ Nationals 2019.

Long Term Goal: To continue to work as hard as possible and compete for the New Zealand Black Fins at the world championships. My overall goal is to become the world ironwoman champion, and to win some rounds in the Nutri-Grain series.

Weekly Training Schedule: 6 Swim sessions, 4 Board/Ski sessions and one ironwoman session a week, plus two gym sessions working on strength and control.

Favourite Training session: Ironwoman Sessions, or anything at the beach!

Favourite Engine Product (and why): The Wingskin C6 is such a great racing suit that is not only super comfortable and good looking, but is also amazingly designed, making me feel slick and speedy through the water.

Favourite activity/hobby outside of your sport: Being at the beach, movie nights with friends, reading and travelling.

Best Advice you have received: Let the successes of others help to inspire you but follow your own path to achieving your own goals.

Mentors: Joel Meuli, Matt Sutton and the Sonic Surfcraft team!

Favourite Quote: To be the best you’ve got to do the things that the others aren’t willing to do.

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