A FAMILIAR face at LeisureFit Booragoon, Julie Kerr (62), has returned to the Marmion Street aquatic centre triumphant following her victorious appearance at the 2014 Kona Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
The triathlete qualified to compete in the holy grail of triathlons by winning the 60-64 women’s category of the Busselton Ironman in December, 2013.
After months of training, much of it spent in the pool, the gym and group exercise classes, Julie won the same category at the Kona event in an upset, beating the 13-time US champion by about two minutes in an event with 30 international competitors.
She completed the 3.8km swim in 01:14:25, the 180km bike ride in 06:51:42 and the 42km run in 04:34:51 – the culmination of three 4km swims at the City of Melville facility each week and many sand dune, beach and bike path runs at Coogee.
Mrs Kerr, a mother of five and former education assistant, has been doing triathlons for 12 years and decided in 2007 that she would like to achieve her dream of getting to Kona.
‘It is every triathlete’s dream to qualify to get to Kona. It’s a dream come true; 12 years in the making.
‘I’ve been there and done that now,’ she said.
Mrs Kerr has no plans to give the Hawaiian event another shot, preferring to concentrate on swimming and running.
She says ‘cycling is dangerous these days’.
‘I began when I was 50 so I’m hoping that other women can see that age is no barrier,’ she said.