Charlotte Derbyshire is a triathlete who was awarded a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Charlotte was born in Adelaide in 2001 and moved to the Gold Coast in 2018 to train at the Gold Coast Performance Centre under Head Coach Dan Atkins. She took up the sport in 2014 with the Meteors Triathlon Club and developed her craft at the Somerset Spartans Club.
Charlotte excelled in swimming, surf lifesaving and cross country running at an early age and won her first ever triathlon. She took her maiden gold at the South Australian trials for the School Sport Australia team in 2015, and soon after claimed bronze at the School Sport Australia Nationals.
Between 2016 and 2020, Charlotte won every Triathlon Australia national title for her age group, including the U/19 national title in 2018 as a 16-year-old. She then claimed the only female triathlon place for Australia at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, where she won silver in the relay. In the same year, she was selected to represent Australia at the Junior World Championships and was one of the youngest athletes to take part.
In 2019, Charlotte won silver at the Junior Oceania Cup and made her second world championship team. She also raced internationally courtesy of a Commonwealth Games Development Grant, and was due to compete at the ITU World Championships in 2020, but the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Charlotte aims represent Australia at another world championships in the U/23 category, and is completing a Bachelor of Sports Development at Griffith University with ambitions to coach and mentor female athletes.
“I am so excited and grateful to be a successful SAHOF Scholarship Recipient. Triathlon is an expensive sport, there is a lot of equipment required and there are many expenses to cover as it’s very demanding training wise. This funding will assist me to replace some of my training gear which is very aged and worn. It is also a very big honour as I know how prestigious this award is and how many great athletes have benefited from the Scholarship and Mentoring Program.” – Charlotte Derbyshire on being selected as a 2021 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2018: Australian Junior World Championships – Representative
- 2018: Youth Olympic Games – Silver, Relay
- 2018: Australian Junior Champion
- 2019: Australian Junior World Championships – Representative
- 2019: Australian Junior Champion (Two-time)
- 2019: Junior Oceania Cup – 2nd
- 2019: Gold Coast Conti Cup – 9th
- 2019: Takamustsu Asian Cup – 7th
- 2020: Australian Junior Champion (Three-time)
- 2021: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 3
Bio picture credit: Delly Carr