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In our third and final instalment of our inspirational insight into some of the ordinary people out there who’ve overcome extraordinary challenges to reach their sporting potential, we ask our ambassador and duathlete, Claire Steels, ‘What does endurance mean to you?’
Proving beyond a doubt that with enough drive and determination it’s possible to excel at your sport, Claire became World Champion only 12 months after buying her first bike and without the help of external funding.
“A friend put me in touch with a Duathlon coach and together we started to improve my game and after some really tough races, he told me that I had been selected to represent the nation at the 2015 competition in Adelaide,” she says.
“Hard work is needed to achieve anything in sport. For me, it’s getting up everyday at 6am to train. It’s brutal, but it’s what I have to do to make sure that I’m in the best shape possible when it comes to a race. In Duathlon, you never know what the weather conditions are going to be like, so you’ve got to train in all conditions.”
When she is not busy competing, Claire tirelessly helps train other budding athletes, encouraging them to strive towards their ambitions. “I always tell my friends in training that if I can do it, you can too,” she says. “I find my own inspiration in helping other people achieve their goals, as a personal trainer”.