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Peter Robertson - YMMF15 Ambassador

 

We are proud to announce that Peter Robertson is returning to YMMF this year as the festival's ambassador. 

Peter has had a stellar career culminating in 3 x ITU Triathlon World Champion titles, 2 x Olympics, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist, and a record 17 World Cup wins. To top it all off, just this week Peter was inducted into the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Hall of Fame.

Peter first got into triathlon as a teenager in 1992. He competed in a triathlon event with a few friends from school and was hooked on the sport soon after and hasn’t looked back. Peter has raced over every distance and enjoys them all saying, “I love the speed and tactics of short course racing and the personal challenge of long course racing. I always enjoy racing in Victoria because I receive such fantastic support there, and its home.”

Peter has had a long and successful career but one of his stand-out proud moments was qualifying for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. “It was my childhood dream to go to the Olympics and making that dream come true was an unforgettable experience”.

However, as with all elite athletes, Peter’s triathlon career hasn’t been without its challenges. “Keeping the enjoyment levels has been a huge focus. New stimulation helps create new enjoyment levels and helps keep the focus and longevity in the sport. Whether it’s a new training route or different training partners. Like the saying goes, ‘a change is as good as a holiday!’"

Peter has a huge fondness of YMMF and really relates to the community spirit, which takes him back to his early triathlon days, “Having started the sport in the 90's, I can remember what it was like back then. The events were fun and focused on the athlete experience and that's what it feels like in at YMMF. People aren't rushing there and in a hurry to leave. The whole experience is embraced which helps create a more enjoyable experience.”

Peter’s advice for anyone thinking about completing their first triathlon or multisport event at YMMF is, “remove any negative thoughts going into the event and focus on why you want to do it. Afterwards the endorphin rush will be amazing!” His tips for all YMMF participants are, “aim to have a specific goals at the festival. Whether it's to do every event like Carole McGregor or finish your first Tri. Pick a goal that's important to you!”

 

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