Inspiring People: Cath Riggs - Riggzy


Everyday we surround ourselves with inspiring people.  We would like to recognise, celebrate and share with you our inspiring people. 

Meet Riggzy - she is fun, never short of a smile and is always full of encouragement, support and a good laugh.  She is a dance mum, a footy mum and a triathlete!!!  One of the brightest, most vibrant and loudest on the tri track, she is the first to lead the V8 tribe into new places, to coffee and give anything a go!  Riggzy has been with us since our second WO Program in January 2015 and has gone from strength to strength!  Flat out swimming 200m, cycling 8km and running 2km, she completed all of her key races including the Noosa Olympic Distance Tri at the end of 2015 and 2016 - 1.5km swim. 40km bike ride and 10km run!  She has climbed mountains, completed 3 half ironmans (Cairns 2016, Busso 2017 & Cairns 2017) and made half marathons look easy!  We have laughed a lot with Riggzy and at Riggzy!  We love her to bits!  

Name: Cath Riggs

Day job: Practice Manager @ NG Gynehealth

Swim, ride or run? I am partial to the bike.

What got you into triathlon the first place? Sitting on the couch watching Noosa tri on tv having a glass of wine and a crazy sibling said Let’s do Noosa, I didn’t even own a bike and was 100kg heavier and then Bert (my sister in law) said we have to do it this year as we probably won't ever do it again. There goes our 20 year anniversary idea on going to Vagas.

Bert & Cath

Bert & Cath

What’s your favourite training session? Anything on the bike, especially long rides, oh but I do dislike hills immensely (vomit in your mouth)

What are your main goals and/or events for 2017? Competed in 70.3 Busso and 70.3 Cairns - both not the way I anticipated, but the good one will come. Still aiming for my third Noosa this year, injuries permitting.

If we take a look into the future, do you have any bigger goals you would like to achieve? Step 1 is to repair some damage I have caused by neglect this year and I would really like to have an enjoyable 70.3 experience next year, and possibly, buy a mountain bike. 

What’s your biggest achievement in triathlon so far? The best thing is our continually growing and amazing V8 family. The support and friendship is totally amazing and I wouldn’t have thought possible.

Most embarrassing/funniest moment whilst competing? The “Yes” saga at Yeppoon last year was quite entertaining.

Ed’s note: Cath misread the form asking if she wanted her name on her race number for the triathlon. Instead of writing her name, she wrote “Yes”. Which was what appeared on the race number bib.

Any phobias: FROGS

Three things you can’t live without? My Boyfriend and rug rats
(even though they are a lot of work), Rum and my V8 Fambam.

Favourite training foods: Coffeeeee all the time, oh and chiccos and snakes and chocolate.

Any race day rituals? None really – just do not get a DNF unless dead or unconscious

Do you have a saying or motto you live your life by? Work hard, play harder!



Nikki Giles