Date and Place of Birth >
1975, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
Occupation > Full-time triathlete
Julie has a unique position as the only British triathlete to have been selected to compete at the last two Olympic and Commonwealth Games – although injury and illness robbed her of the opportunity to compete at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Julie swam for Great Britain as a junior in 1991 and studied on a swimming scholarship at Louisiana State University in the USA from 1993 to 1997. She started training for triathlons in 1997 and won the amateur World Championship title the following year.
In 2000 she took bronze at the European Championships. But she then suffered the disappointment of having to withdraw from the Sydney Olympic through injury and illness, after travelling to Australia for the Games. Julie finishing 11th at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and 30th at the Athens 2004 Olympics. She won selection to represent England at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in dramatic style.
Having missed the first of two selection races through injury, she then had to pull the stops out at the St Kilda Triathlon in Melbourne in October 2005, the final qualification event. It was her first major triathlon since suffering a foot injury that needed two operations just after the Athens 2004 Olympics over a year earlier. But she produced a terrific performance in St Kilda to finish second and earn a place in the England team for Melbourne, where she finished 10th.
Competitive Record >
World Championships: gold – amateur female – 1998
European Championships: bronze – Valencia, Spain, 2000
Commonwealth Games: 11th – Manchester, July 2002
European Championships: 5th – June 2003
World Championships: 8th – Madeira – May 2004
Olympic Games: 30th – Athens – 2004
St Kilda Triathlon: silver – St Kilda, Australia – October 2005
Commonwealth Games: 10th – Melbourne- March 2006