Julie-Anne Hazlett – Since competing in Race Across America in 2015, JA has been thinking about what her next “big” race should be. Given that she is originally from Ireland, it seemed the perfect choice to enter Race Around Ireland. She is incredibly excited to have 3 new Veloroos in the team who are equally as passionate about endurance racing and knows these girls will definitely make it the experience of a lifetime!
Di Jones – Di moved to Australia in 2012 from London, leaving the world of corporate law and late nights in the office for a better work life balance in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. Always being involved with sport (hockey, netball and women’s rugby in the UK), Di embraced the outdoor culture Sydney had to offer and soon became heavily involved in surf lifesaving and triathlon. It soon became apparent that her main love was for the bike and in the past year she has fully embraced life on two wheels, training consistently with local cycling groups and focussing on her strength on the bike. Di has raced in sprint, olympic and half Ironman distances, regularly podiuming. She is hoping to qualify to compete in the 2018 Age Group World Championships in the Gold Coast. She also takes part in ocean swims, trail runs and crit racing. Di is hugely passionate about encouraging women to ride and sees the Race Around Ireland as a fantastic opportunity to show women that anything can be achieved if you set your mind to it! She is thrilled to be part of the adventure and can’t wait to put her training to the test as part of such an enthusiastic and driven group of women.
Sarah Anne Evans – Originally from the UK, Sarah Anne now calls Australia home, splitting her time with a toe dipped in the ocean of Sydney’s northern beaches, and her heart grounded in the breath-taking scenery of the Snowy Mountains. She is the founder and head coach of endurance training company, Karmea, working to support athletes in their sporting adventures.
Sarah Anne is an accomplished endurance athlete that laps up mental and physical challenges. Her triathlon and duathlon career success, has seen her podium across all distances from sprint to Ironman, and race at both the age group European and World Championship level for Great Britain. The bike leg quickly became her strength and she has built up her racing experience by racing as part of a women’s team in her first cycling season, competing in multi stage races, time trials, and 250km grand fondos. Just as at home on the trails as the road, she had completed 100km ultra trail marathons, 100km and 24 hour mountain bike races, 24 hour adventure racing, and represented Australia at the Xterra World Championships in Maui.
Pippa Lyon – Pippa moved to Manly from the UK 5 1/2 years ago. She has always loved sport but only got involved in endurance events and really challenging herself in sport since moving to Australia. After completing 3 Peaks in Victoria (a 235km ride with 4000m of climbing) a couple of years ago she realised that you can do anything that you put your mind to and so decided to sign up for North Face 50km run. Things spiralled from there! After doing the Big Red Run (a 250km run over 6 days in the Simpson Desert), she turned her mind to mountain biking and has been trying to improve her skills and confidence on the mountain bike since then. She recently completed the Mont 24 hour mountain bike race and won the mixed 4s and had been trying to decide what her next challenge was going to be when she got a call from us.
Julie-Anne Hazlett, better known to her friends as JA is a Workforce Optimisation specialist. Originally from Ireland she has lived, travelled and worked her way around the world, before eventually settling in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney 17 years ago. JA has always loved sport and used to ride horses, play hockey and snowboard. It wasn’t until 2010 however that she decided to buy a road bike and give triathlons a go. Since then she’s raced in 2 x ITU Olympic Distance Age Group World Championships and 3 x Ironman 70.3 World Championships. In 2015, she was part of the winning team that broke the female team record in Race Across America. In 2016 she entered a team of 9 girls in L’Étape Australia and won. In 2017 she qualified for the World 70.3 World Championships in USA and the UCI World Championships in France but will be heading to Ireland to take on the Race Around Ireland instead.
Nicole Stanners, Marketing Director ANZ for an international alcohol company, has toured the world both personally and professionally and is now based in her native Sydney. Nicole’s passions have always been travelling and sport, so anything that combines the two is a big tick. Always a keen runner, netballer, touch player and water skier, Nicole took up triathlons when she was working in Singapore at which point she decided her running needed a bit more variety. Ever since then she has been hooked on triathlon, with the bike being her favourite leg, even battling it out with Julie-Anne in several Australian events. Nicole has raced for Australia at 2 x Ironman World Championships in Hawaii and 1 x Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas. Nicole was part of the winning team in Race Across America.
Natasha Horne (Tash), is originally from South Africa, but moved to Sydney, Australia at the end of 2004. Tash became interested in endurance sports in 2008, starting off with mountain biking and adventure racing and sidestepping into running where she rapidly won herself a spot in the prestigious New York Marathon. In 2012 Tash decided to buy a road bike and give triathlon a go. After coming second in her age group in her first triathlon she realized that she was a natural. She has represented Australia twice in the Age Group ITU Sprint World Championships and once in the 70.3 World Championships and XTerra World Championships. Tash was part of the winning team in Race Across America.
Sarah Matthews, is an endurance athlete by day and an emergency veterinary surgeon by night. She is based in Sydney between her extensive travels for work and play. A few years ago she spent 4 months in the Indian Himalayas as project manager and chief surgeon for a Vets Beyond Borders project. Sarah has completed RAAM twice – in 2014 she was a member of a 4 person mixed team “The Aussies” who placed 2nd in their category and in 2015 she was part of the winning female team. A lifetime athlete, she has represented Australia both as a long distance triathlete and previously as a climber.