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August 11, 2021
Meet SunButter Team Rider and professional ironwoman, Lucy Derbyshire. Originally from Glenelg in South Australia, Lucy moved to the Gold Coast in 2019 to chase her ironwoman dreams. She had her breakout season in 2020/21 when she won the NutriGrain Next Generation Series, qualifying her for the NutriGrain 2021/22 professional series. 18-year-old Lucy loves snorkelling, surfing, exploring different beaches and getting involved in the ocean any way that she can. She's also interested in photography and videography.
How did you get into what you’re doing?
I have always had a love for the ocean and water sports. I joined Nippers at age nine and came second in the swim at my first carnival. I had such a great day competing and hanging out with my friends. I loved the ocean and had a competitive drive from an early age!
What motivates you?
My goals. One day I want to be the best at what I do, so I’m willing to put in everything it takes to get there. Also, knowing that there are younger kids that I am inspiring to enjoy the ocean and reach for their goals.
Have you ever had a scary experience?
Definitely. When I first moved to the Gold Coast, I wasn’t used to big waves as I come from South Australia. Nearly every training I would get smashed! I spent a lot of time swimming after my board and getting held down by set waves. Those were some of the scariest experiences I’ve ever had!
What’s your most touching experience?
My most touching experience would be hugging my mum after I qualified for the Nutri Grain Ironwoman series. Mum has been there for me through thick and thin, so being able to share my moment with her is something I will never forget.
What’s your daily routine to stay in the zone?
For me staying in the zone is easy, I’m motivated, and I know what I want! When my 4:30AM alarm goes off for training in the morning I have no problem getting up and going to training because I love what I do!
Who in your field inspires you?
I’m lucky enough to train with some of the best surf athletes in the sport, but if I had to say one, it would be Courtney Hancock. Growing up in South Australia, she is the one all of us young girls idolised. Courtney has been in the series for 15 years, half her life, which is an outstanding achievement to be at the top for so long. She’s driven, hardworking, is an icon of our sport.
What’s your advice for anyone wanting to get involved?
Don’t be afraid to go out and give Surf Life Saving a go. I have learnt so much, made many friends and have the best memories from this sport. Even if you do not want to be competitive, surf clubs offer a great service for the community, it’s a good way to join in and meet new people.
If you had a billboard, what would it say?
Don’t let any person, any obstacle, any doubt, or negative voice keep you from becoming who you want to be.
If there was a one-word reminder that kept you going, what would it be?
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