Amazing as it sounds, Kirsten Sweetland completed her first triathlon at the age of seven, after registering for a Kids of Steel programme when she was just six years old. In fact, although she tried numerous sports throughout her childhood (figure skating, gymnastics, synchro, swimming and athletics were all thrown in the mix), her unique ability and passion for triathlon was obvious.
Her father competed in triathlons in the early 80s and has been a guide and mentor to her to this day. As a competitive, energetic kid, triathlon proved to be the perfect place to direct her energy. She began training full time with the National Triathlon Centre at the age of 15.
By 18 she was competing and even winning at the highest level of her sport among athletes over a decade older. Throughout ups and downs she continues to learn new things and apply herself every day with the intention of being the best in the world. Kirsten is focused on nothing short of climbing to the top of the Olympic Podium before she's done and even has long term plans for when she retires from her sport: she is going to become a chiropractor.Read more