As Ironman 70.3 Melbourne approaches, the spotlight shines on a diverse roster of professional female triathletes gearing up for a competitive showdown on the 12th of November. The event, set against the picturesque St Kilda beach, promises a blend of seasoned pros and rising stars vying for the prestigious title.
Last year's runner-up, New Zealand's Amelia Watkinson, returns with renewed vigor, despite a recent recovery from COVID. Watkinson reminisces about the vibrant energy of the previous race and anticipates a different dynamic this time, with a field that brings varied tactics and a fast-paced competition.
Challenging Watkinson is the Dutch triathlete Lotte Wilms, a Sunshine Coast resident with a string of victories under her belt, including the recent Ironman Austria. Wilms is keen on the competitive spirit of the race and is prepared for the unpredictability that the mix of long course, ITU athletes, and fresh talent brings.
Australian triathlete Natalie Van Coevorden, who had an unfortunate setback with a puncture at the Garmin Noosa Triathlon, is eager to make a strong comeback in Melbourne. With her sights set on the 2024 Paris Olympics, Van Coevorden sees this event as a crucial step in her transition to middle distance triathlon.
The roster also includes Belgium's short-course maestro Hanne De Vet, Ironman victor Chloe Lane, and AFLW player-turned-triathlete Kate Gillespie-Jones, fresh from her debut at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawai’i.