Coach claims Cricklade triathlete is champion in the making
EMMA-KATE LIDBURY has a serious chance of a podium finish when she tackles the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The Cricklade triathlete has now relocated to the States and the decision to put down roots in Santa Monica, California has had a positive effect on her performances.
She has twice made the top ten at the World Championship previously but, with the benefit of daily training alongside other world class athletes, her results have moved to a new level.
This year she has won Ironman 70.3 events in Texas and Kansas and concluded her build-up to the title with a success in the Santa Barbara Long Course Tri elite women’s race last weekend.
Matt Dixon, shares her coach in the States with Gerry Rodrigues, who runs the world-renowned Tower 26 swimming programme.
“Emma-Kate initially seemed to lack a little of the confidence and inner tiger that it takes to be successful at the elite level,” said Dixon.
“At least, these were my impressions. How wrong I was about the tiger!
“Giving up her major sponsor, comfort of home, and all of her support network, was a big move.
“But this year I have seen an athlete with some potential blossom into a champion in the making.”