Claudia Kelly

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

Coach: Joel Meuli, Sue Southgate

Favourite Event: Board, Ironwoman

Personal Best Results: Top overall u16 champion New Zealand Surf Lifesaving nationals 2017. Gold U16 board and diamond nationals 2017. Gold u16 2km run Aussies 2017. Gold Ironwoman New Zealand regional representative challenge 2017.

Major Achievements: Top overall U16 champion New Zealand Surf Lifesaving nationals 2017. Representing New Zealand at Sanyo Cup 2017. Bronze board race Sanyo Cup 2017.

Short Term Goal: Medal for my New Zealand team at International Surf Rescue Challenge 2017 in the board race and ironwoman. Gold in U19 Board and Ironwoman at nationals 2018. Medal for board, ironwoman and 2km run at Aussies 2018.

Long Term Goal: Compete for New Zealand in the Junior Black Fins at Rescue 2018, and in the Black Fins 2020. World Board and Ironwoman champion. Finalist in the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman series.

Weekly Training Program: Through winter 7x Swim Training, 3x Board training and 2-3 Ski trainings, plus 2-3 runs each week. Through summer the number of board and ski sessions increases to 3-4 sessions, plus Iron trainings every Saturday.

Favourite Engine Product (and why): C6 Pro race suit and Santorini 1-piece togs. The C6 racing togs are high-tech but comfortable and good-looking, giving the athlete the power to perform at the best of their ability every time. The Santorini 1-piece togs are comfortable yet attractive, and are great for training!

Favourite Food: Anything with noodles

Favourite thing to do outside of your sport: Playing in the waves, movie nights with friends.

Best Advise you have received: Don’t idolise people, let them motivate you while you work to achieve your own goals -Joel Meuli

Mentors: Joel Meuli, Matt Sutton and the Sonic Surfcraft team, and the athletes I train with every day!

Favourite Quote:

“The people who say ‘you can’t’ or ‘you won’t’ are probably the ones who are scared that you will”

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and go chase them”

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