Inspiring People: Melissa Harris - Marli

Meet Marli - never short of a smile, she is one of our most photographed and loved athletes!  Mel has been with us since the start, she is focussed, driven and a true cluts (being nice)!  Mel's training is sometimes compromised as she takes on the mother role to our tribe.  She is caring and selfless, as she dedicates her time to her husband Greame and children Jackson and Jess.   She shares training hours with Hubby, she is a footy mum, a netball mum and ultimately a netball Coach.  

Mel is a true ambassador to everything that she does:  triathlon, running and Tri-ActiV8 (hopefully Netball is temporary).  Always inspiring and full of great ideas and always up for a Coaches Challenge (just as long as she doesn't have time to think about it)! 

Name: MELISSA HARRIS

Profession/Educational background: Bookeeper/Front Counter Sales at our business Land Rover Spares

Sport of Choice: Triathlons

How many years have you been training and competing in your sport? Since 2012

What got you into it in the first place? Very first Womens only October 2012, heard about it through girls at running club, thought to myself, I can swim, I can ride a bike, and I know I can run so why not give it a go. Loved every minute of it and haven’t stopped since.

What’s your favourite training session?  Depends on my mood and weather!!! I love a good long bike ride, it’s a great way to get to know people and see this beautiful place we live, but if I’ve had a bad day/week nothing beats a run to clear your head.

Main Goal/Event/s for 2017: Busselton 70.3, now that is done I just want to get that mojo going again of having fun whilst competing

Looking ahead to 2018 and beyond, what are your bigger goals for your sporting career: Mooloolaba Olympic Distance March 2018, Sunshine Coast 70.3 2018 (September 2018). Maybe try an adventure race. I look forward to the day that Jess (my daughter) and I can do an Ironman together either as a team or individuals

What’s your biggest achievement in your sport so far: Completing Ironman 70.3 whilst being a mum and working full time

Most embarrassing/funniest moment whilst competing?  Tripping on carpet at Noosa 2015 finish line 😂😂

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 Any phobias: Sharks

Three things you can’t live without? Family, friends, good coffee

Favourite training food (when do you eat this): Peanut butter or Vegemite sandwiches, on a long ride

Any race day rituals? Getting into water before race start to calm any nerves, plus peeing in the wetsuit. 

Do you have a saying or motto you live your life by? Don’t give up, keep fighting. I came across this a year ago reading a book about a cancer survivor and have found myself saying it whilst racing.

Favourite event? I love Hamilton island Tri. Every year I race with a smile on my face over there. They put on such a great event it makes all those hills worth it. If I can only do 1 race a year it would be Hamilton Island.

Nikki Giles