Striving for Success
Ironwoman Candice Falzon has traded the eastern suburbs for Manly where shes hoping to push the limits of her sporting goals.
The professional athlete and model, loves the challenge of competitive sport and is aiming for the top. As a new member of Manly Life Saving Club, you may see Candice on patrol sporting the red and gold as one of the dedicated band of volunteers who venture surfside to keep the beaches safe. However, more often shes being put through her paces as part of her ironwoman training.
Growing up close to the beach at Maroubra, Candice moved to Manly to train at the beginning of this year. The chance to work with coaches Cam Coghlan and Trent Herring was a major reason for the switch, plus the fact she works at Sydney Harbour Kayaks at Spit Bridge, made nipping to Manly every afternoon to train was far more convenient.
“It really fits in with my lifestyle and what I want to do,” adds Candice, who also models part-time. She isnt fazed by the gruelling fitness schedule that involves training each afternoon and each Saturday at Manly Surf Life Saving Club, and swimming each morning.
She believes the move to Manly has been exactly what she needed. “I am loving being at the Manly club. They welcomed me with open arms. I feel like Manly is a real locals community with a strong local bond and strong local support,” she tells Peninsula Living.
Candice says she is more prepared for upcoming competitions than ever before and gives credit for her improved performance to the Manly club coaches. “The squad here is so strong. They are always pushing me to get the most out of me. ”
She is competing in the Australian Surf Life Saving championships in Queensland this month and after a short break will be preparing for the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series trials later this year. In an ironwoman event, competitors have to complete a surf swim, a board paddle, a run along the sand and a surf ski. Candice has competed in the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series for four seasons.
Shes come a long way since joining nippers as a youngster. Although Candice admits her love of the water wasnt instant. “Originally I was too scared to go in the water and it wasnt until I was about 13 that I really got into the water sports.”
But she was a very fast learner. Candice began to compete in ironwoman challenges and won her first state medal as an under 13. Then she tried out for the Uncle Toby's Super Series Surf Life Savings Pro Circuit and gained selection, making her, at the age of 14, the youngest competitor ever to turn professional.
At 16-years-old, Candice was the NSW Ironwoman Champion, winning four medals in both the board and ironwoman events, including the relay races.
In her ironwoman career, Candice has won more than 60 medals in the Sydney branch titles, more than 30 at the state titles and nine Australian medals. Last year she captained the Western Australian Surf Life Saving team, won a record number of 10 medals at the state titles and was named the competitor of the carnival.
Candice says that having just turned 26, some people may feel she is getting a little old in her sporting field but she believes she is just beginning to peak. She is aiming for the top and hoping Manly will help her get there. “I have always had the idea that anything is possible, I feel that there are exciting times ahead,” she smiles.