Local athlete Debbie Moore from Alford has been successfully recruited on to the Girls for Gold Coast Triathlon Scotland squad, seeking relay success at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Debbie, of Planet X and Aquasphere Racing, along with four other athletes: Julie Nimmo, Sarah Stephen, Rebecca Wain and Fiona Gibson took part in Triathlon Scotland’s Girls for Gold Coast recruitment campaign where they successfully performed through the testing stages to be offered a provisional place on the Girls for Gold Coast squad.
The mixed team relay event is an exciting format, where teams of four (two men and two women) each compete over a very short triathlon of 250m swim, 6km bike and 1500m run, requiring athletes to race hard for just under 20 minutes and to be able to execute a race plan under pressure.
Debbie was an elite level swimmer who set her hopes on qualifying to swim for Scotland in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. This wasn’t to be and as such she decided to retire from competitive swimming. Debbie first took up running and found she had natural speed and set about tackling some marathons. On breaking the three-hour marathon time she vowed she would buy a bike and that is what she did.
From then on Debbie was hooked on triathlon and has tried her hand, successfully, at some Ironman competitions. Last year, 2015, Debbie tackled Ironman Sweden and despite having suffered injuries following a car accident only three months prior she showed her pedigree by finishing second in her Age Group, and the first female swimmer out of the water (including the elites racers).
As a result of this race she qualified for the prestigious Kona race, but decided to fully recover from her accident first. Also due to her successful season and huge potential Debbie was runner up in the Aberdeen Sports Awards, Female Achiever of the Year category.
When the chance for the Girls for Gold Coast squad arose she just couldn’t let it pass her by and is looking forward to some team camaraderie and a lot of hard work ahead.
Commenting on her selection Debbie said: “I am really looking forward to the next two years. Being part of the Girls for Gold Coast programme will be very challenging, but I thrive in team environments which makes it really exciting and fun!”
Debbie will now take part in a confirmation phase that will include coaching support and weekend training camps, where at the end successful athletes will be fully confirmed on to the Girls for Gold Coast Squad.
Head of Performance at Triathlon Scotland, Fiona Lothian, said: “It is great to see the commitment and progress by the athletes over the last few weeks, which is a really positive start to the programme.
“Coming from different backgrounds and training histories they all bring strengths to the squad and I am excited to see how they develop over the next three months [during the confirmation stage].”