Name: Jaz Hedgeland
Age (in 2021): 26
Coach/s: Dan Atkins
Best result/s: Two top 10 finishes in the World Triathlon Series in 2019, in Edmonton and Montreal. And third place in the New Plymouth World Cup in 2019.
Major goal for 2021: Competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games for Australia.
Most memorable sporting moment: Watching Emma Snowsill take gold in the 2008 Olympic Games.
Biggest challenge you have faced: Overcoming injuries is definitely the hardest part of elite sport. Especially the ones I’ve had which have taken 8 or so months to get through.
What do you like most about your sport? Having three sports-in-one definitely keeps the training and racing interesting and dynamic. And it’s a real challenge to get the right balance with swim, bike and run, and I love that.
Who/what inspires you to achieve your best in sport? I started triathlons when I watched the Olympic Games on TV back in 2004. And since then, I started the sport, loved it, and that’s where I’ve wanted to get to ever since. I feel like I set big goals for myself as a kid and chasing them each day inspires me to be my best. Plus having seen my parents work hard their whole life, inspires me to do the same.
Favourite food/drink: Sushi and coffee
Favourite song/music: The 80s, after listening to it with Dad on the radio, on the way to training when I was growing up.
Favourite destination: I wouldn’t say I have a favourite, but I do get excited each time I’m headed somewhere new to explore.