Laura Dennis

Laura Dennis is only 22 years old but already she has tasted some success in the sport of triathlon.

Born and bred in Yeronga, Brisbane and a graduate of Somerville House, Laura's passion for triathlon grew out of surf life saving and nippers at Kurrawah on the Gold Coast. "I enjoyed the surf but the board leg was tough. I wanted to ride and run because swimming was not my strength!"

Laura placed 4th in the Amakusa International triathlon in Japan in September 2014 and she placed top 10 in the Singapore national triathlon 3 weeks later. Both races were part of the ITU Asian Continental Cup series. Her success in Amakusa was significant as it was Laura's first Olympic distance triathlon. Prior to that, Laura had only competed over the shorter 'sprint' distance.

Laura's other successes include a top 10 placing in the ITU international junior age group championships in Auckland in 2012, and a silver medal in the Australian Youth triathlon championships at Twin Waters in 2013. In 2013, Laura was awarded the Queensland 'Future State Great' award for secondary school students in Brisbane's Metropolitan East region for her success in triathlon.

Laura appreciates the support of her local bike shop: "The support from Craig and River City is incredible. The standard of service and equipment they offer is impeccable and always on time, no matter the rush."