FEATURED ATHLETE PROFILE

GEMMA BERRY

BRT ELITE SQUAD

NICKNAME:

Just Gemma

LIVES:

Hamlyn Heights

I resisted triathlons for a long time, coming from a background of swimming through childhood and then running as an adult. I hated the bike leg! But I finally entered my first race - Gatorade Series in Portarlington in 2009 - and won the First Timers category. Think this spurred me on!

Two kids interrupted my triathlon "career", but I finally started taking it seriously in the season of 2016/17. I joined Beckworth in September 2017 and haven't looked back since!

I have a husband who does shift work so that makes the training tricky as I am sole parent without much family support a lot of the time. My boys are 7 and 9 - the youngest was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer in May 2018 age 4 and underwent 68 weeks of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. Fortunately he is currently stable and lives with his multiple tumors - we just hope they don't start growing again. This drastic event certainly changed my outlook on life - don't sweat the small stuff, don't make excuses, if you want it - go out and bloody well work for it, and cherish those close to you.

GEMMA BERRY
GEMMA BERRY

TOP RACING RESULTS

SUMMARY OF THE HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN ATHLETIC CAREER TO DATE.

YEAR

RACE / EVENT 

RESULT

2020

IRONMAN 70.3 GEELONG

4:57 / 5th in age group - qualified for World Championships

2019

Perth Marathon

3:19 / 2nd in Age Group

2021

Challenge Shepparton

Age Group Winner Olympic Distance Triathlon

2021

2XU Triathlon Series

Series Winner. 4 wins from 5 races.

THOUGHTS ON BECKWORTH RACING

I joined Beckworth in late 2017 as I felt I needed more structure to my training. As a club I have loved seeing how it has evolved and grown in the last 3 years now with such a diverse group of athletes ranging in age, ability and attitude! Unfortunately I don't get to many of the group sessions due to family commitments, but when I do I am always warmly welcomed and there is always someone just the right pace to work in with.

Adam has done an amazing job with coaching me - structuring the training around my work and family and other commitments. Throughout Rory's diagnosis and subsequent treatment it was great to know I was supported by the club and really appreciated being able to join in with the group on the odd occasion. Adam has really challenged me to step out of my comfort zone, be open to change, embrace the pain and push myself to see just how far I can go! Watch this space....