Meet the Advocate: Diane Cordner

Last week, we announced the women who are this year's 'Beyond the Finish Line' Advocates. This week we are introducing you to each advocate, in their own words.

Today, meet Diane Cordner from Lisburn Triathlon Club, an international age group athlete and member of TriTeamIreland!

Name: Diane Cordner
Triathlon Club: Lisburn Triathlon Club
Age Group: 50-54

Diane Cordner - Social Graphic

Swim, Bike or Run? Run
Swim in Open Water or Pool? Open water surprisingly
Favourite post-training snack? Banana & Blueberry Smoothie
Trail Run or Road Run? Road run
Sprint, Standard, Middle or Long Distance Triathlon? Sprint at the minute
Coffee of Cake? Coffee
Favourite motivational song? Proud by Heather Small
One piece of advice for women starting their triathlon journey? Keep it simple - don’t need expensive kit

I live in County Down, married with two grown up daughters and 3 grandsons.  I have worked in the civil service and most recently as a school classroom assistant with 4 - 5 year old children.  I have always enjoyed running and have completed a number of marathons.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE SPORT OF TRIATHLON?

"Initially I was a travelling supporter with my husband who was competing all over Ireland and at international events.  I felt the whole experience was just fantastic with athletes who were so supportive of each other and I’ve made many good friends in clubs throughout the country. In 2018 I decided to learn to swim and challenged myself to take part in a triathlon later that year.  In 2019 I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the BMW National Duathlon Series over the winter months and was delighted to be placed 2nd in my age group.  It has been a big challenge but I have really enjoyed the process and look forward to the challenges ahead."

IN WHAT WAY DOES BEING A PART OF A CLUB HELP YOUR TRAINING?

"Meeting other people who were starting their own journey and sharing our experiences.  Getting valuable assistance and guidance from the club coaches and more experienced athletes who have been so willing to give their time, this has really helped improve my swimming and given me the confidence to take the step of entering a race.   I am quite a social person and love that club training nights and events also gives a chance to catch up with others in the group and provides added motivation to get out and participate in sessions."

Diane Cordner - Run

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TRIATHLON?

"I like that I am not just focussed on a single discipline but have a wide variety of training.  The buzz of crossing the finishing line after a race is still a great experience for me.  I also enjoy travelling to different parts of the country seeing places that I would not otherwise have and meeting new people.  I’m always amazed by the camaraderie and support between athletes."

PLANS FOR THE 2020 SEASON?

"I have qualified to represent Team Ireland at the World Duathlon Championships that are being held in Holland in September so this will be a major driver for my training.  I also want to improve and gain greater confidence at swimming and will be focusing on improving technique as I will be aiming to take part in sprint distance races this year."

Diane Cordner

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT BEING A 'BEYOND THE FINISH LINE' TRIATHLON ADVOCATE?

"Helping to spread the message about this fantastic sport!  Being able to help and encourage others on their own particular journey and to offer support, guidance and advice to other athletes.  To play a part in helping create a positive environment and growing the number of women in the sport."

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Keep an eye on our website as we introduce you to our final 'Beyond the Finish Line' Advocate tomorrow.

If you would like to take the challenge and become a triathlete, read our beginner's guide to triathlon!