Women in Sport is a new series by the Mudgee Guardian where the spotlight is cast on female figures in sport across the region each week.
If you keep up to date with Mudgee Triathlon, you would know Sian Potter is an absolute gun.
Each Central West Inter-Club Triathlon Club Series round, it seems to be the case Potter always clocks the fastest time for a Mudgee woman.
Sian took her first leap into triathlon at the age of 12 with her first race as part of the Mudgee Triathlon club in the Big Devils race.
Potter has been competing in triathlons for four years, with her recent stint in the Inter-Club Series seeing her achieve a time of 01:20:18 in the under 20 female sprint placing third.
The 16-year-old trains for a sprint distance, a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike and five kilometre run.
“As long as you can swim, ride a bike and run, that’s all there is to it,” Sian said.
A typical week for Potter is three to four swim sets a week (approximately six to eight km), bike sessions both indoor and outdoor for around five to six hours a week, and brick (running off the bike), long and easy runs and speed work.
“I must admit I do go to bed early most nights,” she said.
“I do have to watch what I eat. I eat lots of salads, fruit, whole grain foods, pasta, protein and keep away from junk food. I also drink lots of water and Hydralyte.
“But, I love a caramel milkshake after a race.”
When asked what it is she loves about the sport, Sian said it’s how she is able to apply herself that is most appealing.
“What I truly love about the sport is the training. I love pushing myself and racing,” Potter said.
“Triathlon has had a huge impact on my life. I have a clear focus on my goals, I’m organised because of my school and training commitments and I am happy, fit and healthy.”
Sian isn’t going to hang up her running shoes anytime soon with the hopes of continuing to race until she no longer can, and says everyone should have a go at triathlon regardless of age.
“The best thing about this sport is that it is an all age event which means I can keep racing until I’m 80 plus,” she said.
“Give it a go. It is fun, enjoyable and rewarding. No matter what age you are, this sport caters for all.”
If you know a woman involved in sport across the Mid-Western region, either an athlete or behind the scenes contributor, that you would like included in the Women in Sport series, send a nomination through to firstname.lastname@example.org.