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Ineke Moyle – Women in Triathlon

Ineke Moyle – Women in Triathlon

Date: 08 Mar 2022
Posted: 2 years ago

International Womens Day 2022 is all about celebrating the achievements of women, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. It aims to help create a world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. To celebrate, we asked some inspiring women in our Triathlon WA community to share why they love the sport, some of their greatest achievements and advice for women who are new to our sport.

Our second profile is Ineke Moyle; triathlete, former WA state administrator, supporter, and mum of three teenage boys.

How did you get involved in Triathlon and what is your role now?
I grew up a runner (thanks Mum!) but, about 10 years ago, I started working with an apparel brand well known in the triathlon world and that’s how I first found the sport. I think the very first event I did was probably a women’s only tri at Hillarys and then I was hooked!

What do you enjoy most about Triathlon?
I think one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced through triathlon is finding a community of like-minded people and making some great friends. The other thing that really stands out to me is that it’s a sport with a place for everyone – I find it to be really welcoming and inclusive.

What is your greatest achievement in Triathlon, what are you most proud of?
I can’t go past two Ironman finishes as my proudest moments to date – simply because they represent the achievement of something that I once would have told you was utterly unattainable. Signing up for a full requires a leap of faith, doing the work over the next six months requires such commitment and tests you both mentally and physically and then the day itself is – I find, at least – just a joyous celebration of what’s possible if you dare to try. I recommend it!

What is your advice for any women who are wanting to start participating in Triathlon?
As I said earlier, I really believe triathlon is a sport with a place for everyone. Find an event with a distance on offer that you can set your sights on and train towards. If you’re not sure how, consider joining a beginner’s course through one of Triathlon WA’s Tri clubs. A women’s only event like the Every Woman Triathlon in April is a great place to start. Just take that first step – you won’t regret it!

What are some of the benefits you have seen for female athletes and technical officials in our sport?
I keep circling back to community and friendships as one of the main benefits of being involved in triathlon. I think that having that sense of community and a network of friends is invaluable to our mental health and well-being. In fact, that might be just as important as the benefits to our physical health through swimming, cycling and running.