Amelia Watkinson

I grew up in the city of Auckland, New Zealand. Raised by an inspiring mum and kept honest by a quick-witted younger brother and sister. 

My obsession with the outdoors started at a young age; immersed in all team sports possible and broke a few bones learning stuff the hard way. 

I progressed to distance running, road, track and preferred cross country making top 10s at a national level. Eventually, I was introduced to triathlon as the runner for team events. Swimming wasn’t on my radar but it got me interested in cycling. 

At age 16 in 2007 I saved up and bought my first road bike, I loved the freedom granted with it, plus it was faster than the bus to get to school. I joined the cycling club which was probably a defining few years for me. 

We accumulated uncountable national titles, including the team time trial, where there was no option but to keep up on the wheel. I went on to win numerous National U19 titles in the individual TT, road race, hill climb, and team TT. 

Friends encouraged me to join the swim group and phased into triathlon training as well. Two years later with plenty of regional races under my belt, I placed 2nd at Triathlon National Junior Champs and made the Triathlon NZ Youth Academy in 2010.

For a bit of fun I raced my first Half Ironman in Taupo 2012, which qualified me for the ITU ld World Champs in Spain where I won my age group and decided to move into the long-distance race circuit. 

After winning numerous domestic races  I took a professional license at the end of 2014, winning my first professional race at Challenge Gold Coast.