Emma is a 38 year old Tasmanian Career Firefighter and mother, well-known as a multi-sport and adventure racer as well as an Ironman triathlete.

She entered her first triathlon as a 17 year old and loved it. Emma moved to Brisbane in 1994 to study Human Movement Studies at the Queensland University of Technology, but spent most of her time focussing on triathlon training and racing. 

 In 1996, when she was 21, Emma raced in the Australian Half Ironman Championships and much to everyone’s surprise, she finished second female overall. So Emma began to focus on long course triathlon racing. 

In 1998 Emma competed in the Australian Ironman, Championships, her first Ironman race. She had a great race and won her age group (18-24) and  qualified to represent Australia in the World Ironman Triathlon Championships in Hawaii. 

In Hawaii Emma had problems with vomiting and abdominal cramps, but finished seventh in her age group. It was an amazing experience but Emma knew that she could do better. 

To get to Hawaii again in 1999 Emma had to qualify for the Australian Ironman first, she did that by winning the Queensland Half-Ironman at Stradbroke Island, first female overall. Emma won her age group again at the 1999 Australian Ironman, in a time of 10 hours and 18 minutes, breaking the course record for her age group by eleven minutes (it had stood for nine years). She also finished eleventh female overall. Emma qualified for Hawaii again!! 

At the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships in 1999 Emma came second in her age group, running a personal best marathon time and finishing an hour and a half faster than the year before with a time of 10 hours and 24 minutes. Based on her results over the Ironman triathlon distance in 1999, Emma was given a World Number One ranking for her age group.

After Hawaii in 1999 Emma took some time out to travel and work in Boston, USA and in Edinburgh, Scotland. She moved back home to Hobart in 2001 and started work as a personal trainer and triathlon coach.  Emma got married to Andrew in 2002 and now has an 11 year old daughter, Cariad  and a 17 year old step-daughter, Hannah.

Emma made a comeback to elite sport with an unexpected win in the Point-to Pinnacle, a 21.1 km mountain run, in November 2004 (on her daughter’s 2nd birthday). That win motivated her to start serious training again and to enter some local triathlons and fun runs.
 “If you’ve made up your mind you can do something, then you’re absolutely right”.
In December 2005 Emma decided to enter the Canberra Half Ironman to try to qualify for the 2006 Australian Ironman Championships in April. Emma had no idea how she would go. Her first Half Ironman race since 1999 was a great success, she won her age group (30–34) by ten minutes and was the seventh fastest female across the line. Emma was thrilled - she had qualified for the 2006 Australian Ironman. 

On April 2, 2006, Emma’s Ironman race went to plan, placing second in her age group and fifteenth overall, out of an international field of three hundred females. Emma was the only Tasmanian to qualify at the Australian Ironman for the World Championships in Hawaii in October 2006.  

Back in Hawaii again, Emma was determined to have a great race and conquer the tough course.  Emma did have a good day - third in her age-group, finishing in a time of 10 hours and 18 minutes, well ahead of many professional females.

Emma’s results in 2005/06 enabled her to qualify for a professional triathlon licence. 

Emma has finished 12 Ironman triathlons, and during 2007/08 Emma had numerous top five professional finishes in Half Ironman races and three top ten Ironman finishes in Australia and New Zealand. 

In 2008 Emma ventured into mountain bike racing and paddling. She won her first multi-sport race at the  Freycinet Challenge, the Australian Multi-sport Championships  - taking out the two day individual women’s event convincingly. Emma won that event and was Australian  Multi-sport Champion for three years in a row ( ’08, ’09, ‘10). 

Emma dominated women’s multi-sport racing in Tasmania - she won the Winter Challenge in 2009, ’10 and 2012 as well as the Summer Survival in 2010 and 2012. Emma was invited to race in a two man team with Mark Webber in the 2008 Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge   - a five day teams adventure race held in the wilderness of Tasmania. In 2011 Emma teamed up with Jarad Kohlar, one of Australia’s best adventure racers for the Webber Challenge. She was the only female in the elite category and Jarad and Emma finished a very close third after five tough days of racing.

In early 2012 Emma embarked on one of her biggest challenges. She helped organise a bike ride from Brisbane to Hobart, with a group of her Firefighter colleagues to raise money for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.  On January 1st, 2013 a team of nine riders and seven support crew set off from Brisbane City Fire Station. Riding down the coast of Australia towards Hobart, the riders averaged 180km a day, and battled up to 48 degree heat on the road. On January 14th the team arrived at Hobart Fire Brigade after riding 2,300km in 14 days and raising $60,000 for cancer research. Emma sees this ride as a very important and personal achievement. 

For the rest of 2013, Emma decided to take a well-earned break from competing and concentrate on her work studies and family. In late 2013 Emma completed her qualifications to become a Senior Firefighter.

2014 has seen Emma throw herself back into training once again, but with a back-to-the-basics approach, a new training regime and a new training partner, Nikki. Emma is looking forward to what lies ahead in 2014 and getting back into racing. 

Emma trains an average of 20 hours a week, swimming, running, road cycling, mountain biking, paddling, boxing and strength training. She enjoys group fitness training with Get Fit Tasmania, participating in High Intensity Training and Bootcamp style sessions. She works full-time as a Career Firefighter at the Hobart Fire Brigade and the rest of her time is spent with her daughters and husband.