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Shipwreck Survivor to Ironman Champion

20 December 2018

Els Visser
From Shipwreck to Ironman Champion, F-Teamer Els Visser has had an incredible journey.

Dutch triathlete and F-Teamer Els Visser has had quite an incredible journey so far. Always an active person, Els used to run 5-10km per week to stay fit while studying for her medical degree at the University of Utrecht but her primary focus was on her studies, not on her sport.

In 2014, after a medical internship in Indonesia, Els decided to spend some time travelling and signed up for a boat trip from Lombok to Komodo. This trip took a turn for the worse when the ship started to sink in the middle of the night. This dramatic event was a life changing experience for Els.

Els Visser
Els started as a runner but has quickly taken to swimming and loves her Funkitas!

Els finished her PhD and started swimming after an ankle injury forced her to slow down her running. Once she'd recovered, she decided to compete in her first sprint triathlon in Amsterdam in 2016 which she won, despite several hiccups including losing her bike in the transition zone! Since then Els has gone on to become a professional ironman triathlete and has raced all over the world. Just this year Els won Ironman Maastricht, a massive achievement for someone so new to triathlons!

Listen to Els talk about her near death experience and her ensuing life journey in her Tedx video below:

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