Charlotte Derbyshire has been a successful recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Charlotte is an elite Triathlete from South Australia who relocated to the Gold Coast in 2018 to train with the Gold Coast Performance Centre under Head Coach, Dan Atkins.
From an early age, Charlotte enjoyed swimming and running, taking part in surf lifesaving, track and cross country before attempting her first triathlon which happened to be the South Australian trials for the School Sport Australia team in 2015. Charlotte won and made the team thus began her love for the sport. At School Sport Australia Nationals, after only a handful of races, she claimed bronze and her career really kicked off.
Charlotte then went on to become the Triathlon Australia National Champion (in her age group) for every year starting in 2016 until 2020, winning a record 5 championships.
In 2018 Charlotte raced as a 16 year old in the U19 group and won the National Championship and won the only female triathlon place on the Australian Team for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, where she was part of a silver medal winning team in the relay. Charlotte also gained selection in the same year on the Australian team for the World Championships, one of the youngest athletes to take the starting line.
In 2019, Charlotte made the Australian team for the World Championships in Lausanne Switzerland and was also given the opportunity to race in the UK and Japan, thanks to the Commonwealth Games Development Grant.
Charlotte was due to race in Canada in 2020 for the ITU World Championships however, it was cancelled due to COVID19. She is now focussed on gaining selection in the Australian U23 team as a 19 year old in 2021.
Charlotte speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program: “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.”
Disciplines: Swim, Bike, Run
First Club: Meteors Triathlon Club
Current Club: Somerset Spartons Triathlon
First started: 2014
Studying: Bachelor of Sports Development
Aspirations After Sport: “I am currently studying sport development at Griffith University. I hope to complete my degree and get a job within the sports industry. As a female, it would be great to coach or mentor junior female athletes. As a junior I was coached for a period of time in the pool by Sally Hunter (Foster), an Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championships representative. During that time as a young female teenage athlete she had a profound influence on me and her encouragement to chase my dreams was invaluable. I hope to be that mentor or coach for other young females.”
Rankings – as at Sep 2020
Snr International: 255
Jnr International: 20
Jnr National: 1
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020: Australian Junior Champion (Three-time)
- 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
- 2018: Australian Junior World Championships – Representative
- 2018: Youth Olympic Games – Silver, Relay
- 2018: Australian Junior Champion
Bio picture credit: Delly Carr
Last updated 28/09/2020