Not content with winning medals at prestigious running events around the world, Andrea then switched sports and excelled at Triathlon.
Andrea first got into running whilst at Whitmore High School in Harrow, Middlesex. Inspired and encouraged by a teacher (Mrs Hames), she went from representing her school to representing the Borough of Harrow, and then the County of Middlesex. This led to being coached professionally by Bob Parker, who guided her to National wins and her first International medal at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, in Kuala Lumpur for the 5000m.
Representing Great Britain, Andrea’s professional sports career spans over a decade and includes seven World Cross-country championships, the Commonwealth Games, the Sydney Olympics, three World Triathlon Championships, six World Cup medals, and three Triathlon European Championships and a Duathlon European Championship.
She knows what is feels like to compete at the highest levels of professional sport and recieve medals whilst standing on a podium with the best in the world. Even more remarkable, much of this was done without funding – so she had to work, as well as train and compete.
Andrea is now a professional coach with TheTriLife, helping athletes achieve their goals.
Credit: images and World Triathlon Biography: https://www.triathlon.org/athletes/profile/andrea_whitcombe