Sporting Spotlight: Maddie Dillon
Local North Shore teenager and New Zealand triathlete, Maddie Dillon, is making big strides in the world of triathlon and thoroughly enjoying every moment. Channel Magazine talked to Maddie about her career as a triathlete and life on this side of the bridge!
Living the dream in the triathlete’s training paradise
Maddie Dillon began her triathlon career as an eight year old at the St Heliers Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. She was a swimmer at the time and continued competitive swimming until her early teens. Around the age of 13 she decided to give triathlons a go after watching her brother compete.
When Maddie qualified for the World Age Group Championships in Australia and won, she decided to give triathlon a serious shot. “Winning that event was a huge surprise and from then on I knew that triathlon was the sport for me” says Maddie.
The former Kristin School pupil is currently a member of the Triathlon New Zealand 2016 Olympic Development Squad. Maddie has represented New Zealand at two World Triathlon Champs, won a silver medal in a team event at the Youth Olympics and frequently achieves podium finishes in the events she takes part in. Locally, Maddie recently participated in the Contact Tri Series held in Takapuna and achieved a second place finish in the Under 19 event.
Maddie is also relishing her role as a celebrity ambassador for the 2012 Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon series. Being an ambassador involves attending many of the 12 events around the country to cheer the participants on, hand out medals and inspire Kiwi kids to get involved in triathlon.
The opportunity to become a celebrity ambassador in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon was exciting for Maddie.
“Since I had competed in the Weet- Bix TRY as a kid I have always felt a special connection with the event. There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back to my sport which has given so much to me in the way of opportunities and experiences”.
Maddie considers the North Shore a “triathlete’s training paradise” because of the secret running trails she has discovered over the years and the perfect cycling hills. Maddie particularly loves living close to the beach and two minutes away from Millennium Institute where she trains.
Maddie says that a big race takes months of hard training and preparation. Her training progresses in intensity and in phases from base training to speed work.
When asked about her favourite part about being a triathlete Maddie says: “I don’t have a favourite part, I love it all! The challenge of daily training and racing, meeting different people. It’s such an amazing, fun and challenging sport.”
To find out more about Maddie check out: www.maddiedillon.com or Follow Maddie on Twitter: @maddiedillon1
Maddie’s top running and cycling routes on the shore…
• The bike ride from Devonport to Long Bay along Beach Road. I love the hills and it can be beautiful on a sunny day!
• The amazing run around Birkenhead point, underneath
the Harbour Bridge.
• The cliff top, off road trail run in Long Bay because it’s very hard and can get very muddy but it’s extremely fun!