Born in 2001, Tegan is definitely the youngest athlete we’ve interviewed so far. We wanted to know what it’s like out there for junior triathletes, how she feels about having a triathlon legend as a father, and what her plans are for the future.
At what tender age did you start Triathlon?
I actually only started triathlon when I was about 12. I was always into sports and before I started triathlon properly, I took part in multiple other sports. I did swimming, cross country, and hockey amongst others.
Was it fun growing up with a father like Glen who is very competitive in the sport?
I always enjoyed looking up to my dad and hoping to be like him some day! He often told me stories and showed me pictures from races he had done in the past which really inspired and motivated me! It was also great to have someone living with me and always on hand with all his knowledge. He was able to teach me almost everything there is to know about the sport and answer any questions I had all my life.
What are your plans for the future – work and sport wise?
Currently I’m still a bit indecisive about my plans for after school, whether I should study, what I want to do, and my triathlon. However, I really want to follow my dreams and try and go pro and see how that goes.
Who is your favourite sportsperson in the world?
Not my Dad this time! Gwen Jorgensen has always been one of my biggest idols. She really set a high standard in women’s triathlon and the records she broke and set really inspired me. I would love to follow in her foot teps!
Your greatest achievement thus far in sport and academics?
My greatest triathlon achievement is coming second at SA Champs in 2016. My greatest academic achievement is receiving Honours for academics this year.
(Note from MFL: So it seems with those academic achievements that Tegan’s talents don’t end on the sports field! We’re sure that second place will soon be replaced by a win too!)
Any advice for young athletes?
My advice for young athletes is to enjoy training and racing as much as you can and don’t put too much pressure on yourself because everything is a process. Secondly, race as much as possible to give you the experience!