SLEEPING, lying around, flopping on a couch. Three disciplines ironwoman Lizzie Welborn has been forced to incorporate into her daily routine for the last six weeks.
A bout of glandular fever prior to Christmas left the star ironwoman flat and fatigued, unable to get out of bed for a number of weeks as she fought off the virus.
One of the greatest things this sport has given me is a deeper passion for protecting our oceans. Since I can remember I’ve always cared for our environment. Becoming an Ironwoman has placed the issue of plastic pollution very deep in my heart as it’s tied to my love of sport and the ocean.
It all started once I became super dedicated to my training and spent every afternoon training at the beach.
“Half way through everyone hit this massive channel pushing back to Molokai. It was supposed to swing, but it didn’t.” It was Lizzie Welborn’s second shot at the infamous Molokai 2 Oahu, and as tends to happen in these waters, things went from pleasant to treacherous in a matter of seconds.
Ironwomen Georgia Miller, Lizzie Welborn, Naomi Scott flying flag for Blues
THEIR fiercest rivals are from north of the border but these Sydney ironwoman think they might have a trick up their sleeve to freeze out the competition as they chase success in the opening round of the Ocean6 and Nutri-Grain series at Queenscliff.
It’s made early morning training more than a little unpleasant in recent months but Sydney’s cold water might play into the hands of local ironwoman Georgia Miller, Lizzie Welborn and Naomi Scott this weekend on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Lizzie Welborn training for 52km paddle has close encounter with a whale.
After a busy surf lifesaving season, the North Bondi young gun is having a crack at the Mount Everest of ocean paddling. Welborn, 18, is training for Hawaii’s Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships on July 30. “It’s my first time, I’ve been wanting to do it for a really long time, ever since I was 15 but because of school, I could never do it.
Harriet Brown chasing Australian Open ironwoman championship as Gen Next looms
Welborn is probably the best known of the sport’s Generation Next, having already won rounds of the Nutri-Grain Series – and is looking to match the historic achievement of Grant Kenny in 1980, winning the Under-19 and Open Ironwoman titles on the same day.
Could Welborn win historic iron double?
Lizzie Welborn, 18, has stated she'd like to repeat the historic double carried out by Kenny at Maroochydore at The Aussies in 1980, when he won the under-19 and open ironman races on the same afternoon.
"You don't have your whole life to do it so I'm running out of time,” she told Surf Life Saving Australia.
Lizzie Welborn beat childhood surf heroes at final round of Summer of Surf
NORTH Bondi young gun Lizzie Welborn impressively upstaged her childhood surf lifesaving heroes at the weekend, beating them on their home sand. The 18-year-old paddled to victory, ahead of Courtney Hancock and Kristyl Smith, in the final round of the Summer of Surf ironwoman series at Surfers Paradise.
The race looked to be in grasp of Hancock, 28, after the board and swim legs as she took the lead in the ski paddle. But as Hancock looked for a waves, Welborn aimed straight toward the finishing shute. The two leaders found themselves on the same wave 20m from the beach and Welborn dashed to the finish for one of her biggest victories.
Surf ironwoman Lizzie Welborn hoping to graduate into the big time
SURF lifesaver Lizzie Welborn admits she was more than a little overawed competing against the biggest names of surf on days off from school in last season’s Nutri-Grain ironwoman series.
Not any more.
Free from the confines of final year study and exams, Welborn has set herself the goal of making a real mark on the surf lifesaving scene this summer.