English athlete Edwards hosts motivational talk

HARARE - Zimbabwe-born England triathlete Parys Edwards will this morning hold a motivational talk on elite sport training at Innovate High Performance Centre in Harare.

Edwards, a former hockey player brings a unique perspective on mental toughness and courage required to compete at professional and Olympic levels.

“I played hockey to a high level and when I hung up my stick, I still wanted to keep fit and had always liked the look of triathlon.

“A friend took me to a training session at a London club called Ful-on Tri and I was hooked from the start,” Edwards tells the official international triathlon website.

“I think I’m naturally competitive — I have an identical twin sister and we spent much of our childhood racing each other, but mostly I race with a big sense of gratitude that God’s given me a love for racing and the ability to be competitive.”

Of the three disciplines involved in triathlon; swim, bike and run, she dreads the swim most.

“This is my least favourite of the three, and for me it requires more discipline to do these sessions than others. I recommend training with a swim or triathlon club whenever possible. If I swim on my own I always have a pre-prepared set to follow and I like to mix it up with some ‘swim toys’ to keep it interesting,” she added.

The international athlete began her triathlon career in 2007 and two years later was crowned British Female Triathlete of the Year.

In 2014, she won the ITU World Championships for both Olympic and 70,3 distances having turned pro at the age of 38.

Edwards has achieved 13 podium finishes out of 16 races. Some of the age groups results titles she has won include winner of the English, Great British and European Championships at triathlon and duathlon.

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