Ashlee Diston

Ashlee DistonPlace of birth: Pakenham, Victoria 

Sporting career highlights:

  • 12th Australia in the 2015 Australian Junior Triathlon Championship
  • first place in the 16-19 2013/14 Aquathon championships
  • second place in the 2013/14 Victorian Gatorade Series (ITU (elite) junior).

At what age did you start seriously training and competing in your sports?

16.

What (and/or who) got you started in your sport?

An injury in swimming which prevented me from racing in my preferred stroke of breaststroke, so I swapped to a sport of three disciplines where the risk of overuse injuries is much smaller. 

Who has been the biggest influence in your sporting career?

A few family members have been high up in their chosen sports which have influenced me to train harder so that I could achieve a high standard as well. My family have always supported me in triathlon by driving me to early morning training sessions and races in the city. 

Who has been the biggest influence in your academic life?

My parents always wanted me to do the best that I could in everything that I did, including school.

Do you support any other sport and/or teams?

Richmond tigers in AFL. I love watching all the different sports in the Commonwealth Games and Olympics. 

How do you relax? Do you have other life interests outside of your sport?  Please explain.

Painting my nails, relaxing in the bath and cooking yummy food.

What is one thing that might surprise readers to learn about you?

One of my biggest fears is firework displays – I don't' mind watching them from inside or on TV.

What is your favourite food? Movie? Music/performer?

My favourite food is chocolate, my favourite movie is Harry Potter (all of them), my favourite singers are Taylor Swift, Delta Goodrem and Katy Perry.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up".

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

'Never be willing to be second best."