Participant Story: Robyn Richmond

Participant Story: Robyn Richmond

Dec 08, 2022

Long-time triathlete challenges herself to take on the Busselton AquaBike in 2023!

Robyn Richmond competed in her first Busselton Triathlon in 2004, having discovered her passion for the sport accidentally.

“I started swimming in the mornings to improve my health, and I got chatting to some ladies who asked me to join their squad,” said Robyn.

“That group was the precursor for EFS Triathlon and Multisport Club, so after swimming with them for a while I grabbed my brothers bike out of storage and started cycling and running too!”

After supporting her friends as a spectator at the 2003 Busselton event, Robyn decided to try her own hand at racing and has been a semi-regular competitor ever since. Over the nearly 20 years she has been involved in triathlon, Robyn has completed team triathlons, individual triathlons and continues to support her mates as a spectator when not racing.

During the pandemic, when racing opportunities were few and far between, Robyn and her squad mates decided to do a virtual Busselton Triathlon. Over the span of a week, teams and individuals completed the equivalent of all three legs. Robyn says it was a great way to stay motivated and maintain connect with her club.

After taking a few years off from the Busselton event, Robyn will be competing in the Busselton AquaBike in 2023.

“I did think my long distance Triathlon days were behind me but I went along to the 2022 event to support a cycling friend who was doing the Busselton 100. The atmosphere was contagious and when I heard there was a new event [AquaBike] I decided to sign up!” said Robyn.

“What I love about triathlon is that even though it’s an individual sport, everyone I have ever met is so encouraging and supportive. I’ve made some great, long lasting friendships through the sport,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the weekend, encouraging other friends who are doing it; and sharing the experience. I think of myself as a participant rather than a competitor; I’m not likely to win but I love being part of it and having a goal to work towards.”

Feeling inspired? Entries to the SunSmart Busselton 100 and AquaBike are open. Challenge yourself today.