Triathlete hits top gear for club

Carly LadenBroome Advertiser
Triathlete Dimity-Lee Duke with Broome Tri Club members.
Camera IconTriathlete Dimity-Lee Duke with Broome Tri Club members. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Carly Laden

With many people wanting to improve their fitness in 2019, Broome Tri Club members had a chance to pick up some cycling and running tips from one of the best.

Triathlete Dimity-Lee Duke enjoyed a week-long visit to Broome earlier this month, holding workshops teaching people how to improve their bike riding and running in race and leisure situations.

Ms Duke said the visit came about after close friend and local athlete Vicki Cobby contacted her.

“We used to play basketball together back in the day and she’s been following my progress over the years transitioning from basketball to triathlons,” she said.

“I got a call from her the day before Ironman WA in Busselton and she asked if I wanted to come to Broome and give some tips to the locals.

“I had a really good time visiting Broome and meeting people outside of the triathlon world.”

Duke held training sessions with junior athletes before holding a cycling and running workshop with Broome Tri Club members at Cable Beach. The workshops proved a challenge for some participants in the morning humidity.

“I’m based in Thailand nine months of the year so for me the humidity isn’t an issue,” Duke said. “These workshops were all about teaching them how to adapt.

“We also held a bit of a Q&A session at Zookeepers Cafe so I could impart my knowledge to those who had more questions because there’s just so much to learn beyond a two-hour workshop.”

The Roelands-based athlete said she was looking forward to another action-packed year on the triathlon circuit, after a successful 2018.

“I came third at Ironman WA in Busselton, which happened in early December, so now I’m having a little bit of time off building myself up for 2019,” she said.

“The focus is to get back to the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, which is taking place in October.”

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