“Otago Uni wasn’t really in my plans, I was hoping to be in Australia, but I’m so glad that I came. It's an amazing place, the waves are amazing and I’m so lucky to be able to train with the St Clair Club”.
Claudia is the World Junior Ironwoman Champion and has captained the Junior Black Fins for the past three years. She also mentors younger athletes coming through the sport.
“For the younger athletes it's sometimes just about keeping going, pushing through the hard times and the doubt. I know I’ve had my fair share of hurdles but it’s about looking forward”.
Over the past five years, Claudia has had to manage multiple injuries and challenges, but she’s learnt a few things as a result of those setbacks.
“This year I’ve learnt that it’s really important to just take a step back and focus on yourself sometimes. As athletes, we’re always told to turn up to training every week and never slack off. But this year I’ve found that having a break sometimes can help - saying no and taking some time to rest.”
Away from the water. Claudia has been a strong voice for women in the sport. It’s clear from the tone in her voice that she’s faced some challenges along the way.
“As a young woman in this sport it can be daunting. You have to push past society's expectations and stereotypes – you always have to work that little bit harder to prove you’ve got what it takes”.
Claudia is pushing forward with her goals for the next year and hopes that international travel restrictions ease up to allow her to participate on the world stage. In the meantime, she is holding on to her scholarship funds for future travel and competitions.
“I have used a small amount to fund travel to competitions in New Zealand and buy some new training equipment including a new paddling jacket! In the next 12 months, I would love to get back to Australia and make the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series. I’m also aiming to make the Black Fins team going to the World Champs in Italy”.
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