We are excited to have some amazing ambassadors onboard for Challenge Wanaka.  These faces are known around the globe and we are very proud to introduce them to you. In the lead up to the 2019 event, you will be getting tips from these legends to help you prepare for the race or just improve your training!

Laura Siddall

One of the most prolific Iron distance athletes in the world, with podium finishes in over 25 of her last 30 starts, including 3-time Ironman Champion, 2018 ETU European Long Course Champion, and the fastest British woman in 2016 and 2017. Laura is a truly world-class, highly driven Professional Triathlete.

British by background, and playing sport from an early age, Laura has represented England in Athletics and Netball, before finding Triathlon after she had moved to Sydney. Laura has a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering, and served as an Officer in the British Army, before several years in the Corporate world working for large global multinationals.

A truly global athlete, Laura trains and competes around the world, gaining exposure in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the USA. The last few seasons have seen Laura emerge from a complete beginner in the sport, to 4-time Amateur World Champion, then into the global spotlight with Professional wins across the globe.

A role model, especially for women in sport and business, an ambassador for the Women’s Sports Trust, and an avid supporter of the Challenged Athlete Foundation. Laura volunteers and fundraises, supporting and working with local communities and projects around the world where she trains and races.

Why does Laura love Challenge Wanaka?

“Wanaka is just one of my favourite places in the world. Everything about this race is just spectacular and it has so many unique features that just make Challenge Wanaka so very special.”

Dylan McNeice

Dylan is a proud Kiwi Professional Triathlete with 8 International Titles to his name, including 3 victories at the tough, but stunning, Challenge Wanaka.

Dylan has a background as an age-group champion swimmer, before moving into the ITU triathlon scene, and then finally finding his feet in long distance racing.
As well as his 8 International Long Distance Victories he also has 15 International Podiums, over 50 Top Ten Finishes, and has been first out of the water over 100 times in his 12-year career.

Dylan considers himself super lucky to be able to train and race triathlon for a living, but also inspire, help, and coach those around him, and his plan is to train and race at varying levels until the cows come home.

Why do you love Challenge Wanaka?

“Challenge Wanaka is everything I love about Triathlon. It is a magical location, on a tough and honest course, with happy and motivated people, surrounded by family and friends, and a superbly run event. When I retire as a professional you can still expect to see me racing every year for as long as the body will allow. It is simply an awesome event.”