Jamie Riddle is going from strength to strength in 2022, placing 6th at The Commonwealth Games and showing his capabilities in the exclusive Super League Triathlon series. We catch up with him on his breakout season!
Born in the year 2000 in the humble city of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Jamie Riddle was an enthusiastic sportsman from a young age and put in the time to get up to the top of his game in Triathlon. Not necessarily starting out as the fastest to the strongest, Jamie has showed a strong resolve over his junior and u23 years to put in the work and push his performance to a world class level! 2022 has certainly been a breakout year for the South African youngster as he achieved fantastic results including 6th – Individual Tri at Commonwealth Games, 5th – Super League Tri Malibu and 6th – Super League Tri Toulouse. Hear from Jamie below on his incredible 2022 season thus far!
WA: Howzit Jamie, for those who don’t know who you are give us a quick bio!
WA: You’ve had a massive year with plenty of triathlon racing abroad and some superb results! We believe you had qualifying for the CommonWealth Games (where you ended up placing 6th in individual sprint distance) as an initial goal but things seemed to have escalated even beyond that! When did you realise this was going to be a cracker season for you?
WA: Of all the events that you’ve raced so far this year which result has come as the biggest surprise or been most meaningful to you?
WA: When did you find out that you had been invited to race in the Super League series? How did it feel to have been selected for such an exclusive race series?
WA: The Super League Triathlon series is certainly taking a different approach to the racing with the high action format! How have you taken to this style of racing? What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced? Looks like the are often crashes on the bike!
WA: We’ve heard it said that you enjoy the run the most. This is often regarded at the most crucial element of the triathlon. Would you agree?
Given your enjoyment of the run, is it odd for you to be holding the swim jersey in the Super League series? Did you back yourself to be that strong in the water?
It has already been a massive season for you but I’m sure there is a bit more work to be done before the end of the year. What are the big events left this season and how are you approaching them physically and mentally?
Lastly, how has the breakthrough you’ve experienced this season changed your perspective on your triathlon career? How might this affect your goals, racing, and training going forwards?
Thanks for chatting with us Jamie! All the best for the rest of the season’s racing. Where can people go to follow you and do you have any words to say to people and brands backing you?
You can follow Jamie’s racing along on his Instagram and tune in for the Super League Triathlon final here on 29 October.
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