Members Profile- Kate Vernon

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Do you have any nicknames we don’t know about?
My sisters call me Vermin… Apparently I’m a pest!

How long have you been involved in Triathlons and how did you first get introduced/involved into Tri’s?
I did my first triathlon when I was 12, it was the first year the half ironman was held in Busselton and being a Busso local kid I gave the kids’ race a go! I swam breaststroke with my head above the water, rode my mum’s old school road bike and killed it in the run…I was the only crazy kid in Busso that would go out and run 5kms for fun. I don’t think much has changed, maybe just the distances!

What sport were you into before?
I was obsessed with horses, I spent every living moment out riding my pony when I was kid or pretending I was the pony. School holidays where spent riding for hours in the bush with friends, chasing kangaroos and trying to be a jockey!

Would you mind telling us what age group you race in?
I race 20-24

What is the funniest or strangest thing that has happened to you during or before a race?
I’m a little bit superstitious; I believe something has to go wrong for a race to go right. So when I broke the valve on my tyre in transition pre Busso half ironman and frantically had to change the tyre I knew then I would have a good race…and I did!

Someone you respect highly in triathlons or the club?
I have a lot of respect for Lindsay Richards, I’ve known her for years and watching her transition and success just inspires me!

Favourite triathlon race you have completed?
By far Las Vegas world champs! The atmosphere over the weekend was just incredible…I can’t wait to go back and do it again. It was by far the toughest race but just spotting an Aussie on the sidelines motivated you and being surrounded by such quality athletes was awesome!

What is your trade or profession?
I am a nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital

What are the specs of your trusty “steed”?
I’m still riding my Giant that I rode as a junior because I can’t save money even if my life depended on it! One day ill have that TT bike…probably when everyone is riding something more advanced! But I’m spoilt and get to use Dads Zipp wheels!

Preferred running Gear?
I run in Asics and Mizunos….can’t go wrong with a pair of Asics DS Trainers.

Favourite holiday destination?
I absolutely loved Colorado in the USA. I spent 4 days there after the world champs and could have stayed forever. It’s the triathlete/adventure sportsman’s playground!

Best book you have ever read?
I’m ashamed to say it….but slightly obsessed with Fifty Shades of Grey!

Three people you would like to invite to dinner?
Dr Harry (to sort out my dogs issues), Dr Phil (to sort out my issues) and my dad because he always has such a level head and seems to always have the answer to everything!