A successful finish at Ironman 70.3 Taupo has given Kate O’Malley a confidence boost ahead of the World Championships in November.
O’Malley, head of Health and PE at Sacred Heart College, beat her previous personal best by 16 minutes to come fourth in the 30-34 female age-group with a total time of 4hrs54min.
Missing out on a podium finish by 20 seconds has also given the keen triathlete extra motivation. A week later, she won the women’s division for Triathlon Hawke’s Bay champs.
Now she hopes to knock another 10 minutes off and place in the top 20 for her age-group.
It is not the first time the SHC old girl has qualified for a world championship. In 2018, she competed in the standard distance (10km run, 1.5km swim and 40km bike) at the Triathlon World Championship in the Gold Coast.
However, as her confidence and ability has increased, so too has her distances.
“I feel I am probably at a stage where I should be focusing more on the long distances now. I suppose you realise that you have the ability to do okay in it.”
Despite a busy schedule at school, O’Malley spends up to 12 hours a week training in peak season. “It is something I enjoy doing and I seem to fit it all in somehow,” she said.
Ahead of the all-important race later this year, she says she will continue to keep doing what she has done in the past.
“You know your own body and you know how much you can push yourself. And it is just about trying to get the right balance between work and life.”
Sacred Heart College principal, Maria Neville-Foster said the school is “immensely proud” of Kate, not only for her achievements but also the example she is setting for students.
“The level of commitment that she gives to her own training to achieve at a high level is inspiring for our girls’ to be able to have a goal, focus on that goal and achieve that goal,” Neville-Foster said.
“She also uses her talents to help our girls who are looking at their individual training to enhance their abilities to perform in athletics, road running, and triathlons, so we are very pleased to have that drive and talent in our school.”