Mirinda Carfrae Inducted into Ironman in Australia Hall of Fame

Three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae honoured for her significant contributions to Australian triathlon.

Mirinda Carfrae Inducted into Ironman in Australia Hall of Fame

Ironman in Australia Hall of Fame has welcomed its 25th member, with three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae being inducted ahead of next month's Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie.

Established in 1997, the Hall of Fame honours individuals who have made a significant and lasting impression on the sport of triathlon in Australia. Expanded in 2013 to include all Ironman events in the country, the prestigious award recognizes those who have stamped their unique mark on the sport, and Carfrae is undoubtedly one of them.

Known as "Rinny" to her fans, Carfrae is one of Australia's best-known triathletes, having achieved success at the highest level throughout her illustrious career. She claimed victory at the Ironman World Championship three times (2010, 2013, and 2014) and won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2007.

Reflecting on her induction, Carfrae expressed her gratitude and the significance of this recognition -

It's truly an honour to be inducted into the Ironman in Australia Hall of Fame, it actually feels surreal to be receiving this honour, to have the privilege and support to race Ironman is one thing but to have spent half of my life literally living my dreams is just something I feel so lucky to have been able to do.

Carfrae's journey to becoming a triathlon legend began in 2006 when she finished third at her first Ironman 70.3 World Championship. She returned the following year to claim the title. In 2009, she made her debut at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, finishing second and setting a new run record. The next year, she won her first Ironman World Championship, a feat she would repeat in 2013 and 2014.

Between 2009 and 2016, Carfrae stood on the Ironman World Championship podium an astonishing seven times, with three wins, three second-place finishes, and a third-place finish. Her performances ensured that the Australian flag was proudly on display at the biggest event in the sport.

I'm a very proud Australian and to be able to represent Australia on the world stage has been nothing short of wonderful. For sure a childhood dream, I just could not have dreamed of anything better.

Throughout her career, Carfrae claimed victories at Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races worldwide, serving as an inspiring role model for aspiring triathletes. While now retired from professional racing, she remains heavily involved in the sport through coaching and her role as a commentator for Ironman live broadcasts.

After spending over 20 years racing triathlon it's really nice to be able to hop over the other side of the fence and now coach and mentor other athletes on their individual journeys through the sport. It's also been such a pleasure to be able to join in with some race commentary – something I never thought I would do but truly enjoy.

Mirinda Carfrae's induction into the Ironman in Australia Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to her remarkable achievements and the lasting impact she has made on the sport of triathlon in Australia and beyond. As she continues to inspire and guide the next generation of triathletes, her legacy will undoubtedly endure for years to come.