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Claire Fraser

 

Swimming, dancing and subsequently horse riding were my childhood pastimes.  I discovered Modern Pentathlon in 1999 and then moved into triathlon in 2004, having found that training for three sports was easier than five!  I competed regularly at both Sprint and Standard Distance triathlons, then in 2007 moved up to Long Distance races, and competed at the European and World Long Distance Championships, in Belgium and France respectively for Great Britain at the Age Group level.  In 2008, I was given the opportunity to represent Guyana, my Dad's country of birth.  In July 2009 I competed in my first elite event in Puerto Rico, the Central American and Caribbean Triathlon Championships.  I also competed at the Caribbean Road Race Champs in Barbados in October 2009, gaining encouraging results.  I switched to cycling after Barbados and was lucky enough to compete at both the Central American and Caribbean, and the Commonwealth Games in 2010.  The Pan Am Cycling Championships were held in Colombia in May 2011 and the altitude proved a severe test of my progression as a cyclist; unfortunately I did not qualify for the Pan Am Games in October 2011 but gained invaluable experience at the highest level.  My sporting journey continued at the Cycling World Championships in Denmark in September 2011 where I came up against all the very best riders in the world; it was a privilage to wear the Guyanese national colours on the world stage. I worked hard to qualify for London 2012 but with the points system so biased towards countries with good numbers of professional riders, it was a near impossible task; just getting into races was a challenge, let alone performing in them!  I was selected to reperesent my country at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which turned out to be as good a substitute for London as possible.  Another fantastic experience as a rider, even though I was disappointed with my results, particularly in the TT which I had prepared well for.  I have been national road and time trial champion on multiple occasions and return to the Caribbean Championships whenever work and funds allow; there is much untapped talent in the region.  Besides training and racing, I have gained coaching qualifications to allow me to give back to sport.  I have used my acquired knowledge and experience to help both new and accomplished riders alike to develop their skills and physiology, and hope to do more in the future.

British Cycling Level 2 Road & TT Coach

British Cycling Ride Leader

Amateur Swimming Association Level 1 Swim Teacher

British Red Cross Emergency First Aider

CTLLS Level 4