Return to International Competition
Me and My Story
My name is Natalie Mitchell and I am a 23 year old triathlete based at Durham University.
Whilst rowing for Great Britain in 2008, aged 16, I sustained a serious back injury. This injury changed my life completely, I lost the use of my right leg and was told I would never walk properly again, and that a return to sport was not a possibility. Sport is a great passion of mine, I have competed in many sports for as long as I remember; so to have this removed from me was life changing.
I was determined to prove the consultants, who doubted me, wrong. 9 operations later, and 6 years of intense physio and rehab I was back doing what I love most – sport. Having accepted a return to rowing was too dangerous I turned to triathlon. Unfortunately, 3 months after returning to full training I was hit by a lorry whilst out on a solo training ride – requiring an ankle reconstruction. 6 months after having my ankle reconstructed I raced my first Ironman 70.3 in Denmark, and was the 2nd placed Briton. In the space of 2 weeks, I qualified for the Great Britain team at both the European Middle Distance Championships and Standard Distance Championships 2015.
Triathlon is a very demanding sport, in terms of both time and financial commitments. Unfortunately there are little or no government grants for triathlon. An aspiring athlete has very little assistance with expenditure on training, coaching, camps, equipment, travel, accommodation and competition costs. I train in excess of 20 hours per week; whilst reading for a MSci in Chemistry and Physics at Durham University. In the holidays I earn money to allow me to enter, travel and participate in races.
I will race domestically and internationally from April to September this year.
My main races:
European Middle Distance Championships 2015, Rimini IT – 24th May 2015
European Standard Distance Championships 2015, Geneva SUI – 12th July 2015
My goal is simple – I want to be the best I can be – win national and international titles as I develop into a top class international athlete. My return to international sport is a dream, and after having one of my true passions, sport, nearly taken away from me, I never intend to take being able to compete for granted and aim to work as hard as I can to achieve my goals. It is with the support of individuals and organisations like yours, that I will have the opportunity to try and succeed in reaching my goal.
- Race Entry £165 (Rimini) / £135 (Geneva) / £65 domestic
- Race Licence £35
- Travel £380 (Rimini) / £230 (Geneva)
- Accommodation £50 per night
- Food and Preparation £60
Through this project I am inviting you to be part of my dream to help me with financing my International Competitions. Thank you for your support.