I’m Debbie and I like training, competing, eating (lots) and travelling!
My background is swimming. I competed for a decade, made the Scottish youth and senior squads (I was a distance freestyler with the occasional surprise speedy 50m!) and made the decision to retire before the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006 to focus on my law degree at Aberdeen University.
After 4 years of
partying studying, I graduated with a 2:1 and started work in Oil and Gas as a Contracts Specialist. During this time, despite going to the gym to avoid gaining the cocktails-and-hangover-food weight, I missed the competition and proper training, so I entered my first running event for motivation; the Great North Run in 2011.
Three years on, I managed to go sub-3 in the marathon; something I said if I achieved I would buy a bike and dabble in triathlon. The all or nothing me entered Ironman Sweden and I recruited former pro and Ironman Champ, Scott Neyedli to help me.
In April, less than 4 months before the Ironman, I was knocked down by a car on a training ride and spent a some time in hospital with a heck of a lot of skin missing from my knee. I was in a cricket splint for a good few weeks, which resulted in a blood clot in my leg that went undetected, eventually moving up into my lung. Alas, some more days in A&E and came home with a 6 month supply of blood thinners and permanent lung damage.
Despite the above, I still manage to toe the start line of Ironman Sweden. I was 1st female age grouper out of the water (2nd if you include the pros!) and ended the race in 2nd place and was offered a spot to Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships!
This achievement won me an award at the Aberdeen Sports Awards, which was an amazing honour.
In 2016, I was crowned Scottish triathlon champion for the Olympic distance.
Now into 2017, I also have the sprint distance national title to my name, as well as wining my 1st Elite Race in a Half Iron Distance Triathlon: the Outlaw Half Holkham, came 5th at the British Elite Triathlon Championships, and also came 5th at the London Triathlon in the Elite Women’s field.
Next year, I already have my professional license secured, so if I don’t make the Commonwealth Games (there is a lot of politics surrounding the sport), I will gladly step up as a professional triathlete.
…all while working full time as a legal advisor in the oil industry!