Profile

Full Name: Kate Roberts

Nick Name: Katie

Date of Birth: 20 June 1983

Star Sign: Gemini

Hometown: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Place of Residence: Pretoria South Africa

Nationality: South African

Languages: English and Afrikaans

Marital Status: Single

Education:

2001: Matriculated at Eunice Secondary School for girls in Bloemfontein

2005: Obtained Bcom General Management degree at the University of the Free State Occupation:Professional Triathlete

Competed in Triathlons since from 2000 – 2014

Motto: The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. ~ William James

Favourites:

Books that have changed my life:

The Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)

Mao’s Last Dancer (Li Cunxin)

The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)

The Happiness Project (Grechin Ruebin)

Film:

The Sound of Music and I must have watched it about a 100 times.

Music:

I am a very loyal U2 and Coldplay fan.

Other interests apart from sport:

I am proudly South African, I love reading, music and I also enjoy baking and cooking and according to my Dad and brother Gareth, I can make amazing mince balls and a peppermint crisp tart. My Labradors Strider and Rafa are the light of my life and I am very passionate about South African Wildlife.

What do I love about triathlon:

I really love the opportunity that triathlon has given me to be able to travel and meet amazing people from all walks of life. The satisfaction that I feel after a good race is indescribable but at the same time learning how to deal with failure and setbacks has molded me into a stronger, more content Kate. But now that I am more involved in the coaching and mentoring side of the sport, I am loving my role and I truly enjoy working with my athletes. It is extremely rewarding to have them engage in my training sessions and to see their smiles and feel their satisfaction after a tough day of training. I am certain that I will be even more nervous before their races, than when I actually raced myself but I am eager to see their improvements, guide them through their disappointments and help them to achieve their goals and dreams.

Advice for aspiring young triathletes:

The main thing whilst you are young, fit and healthy is to never forget to enjoy yourself!

You are master of your own destiny!

Always believe in the power of smiling, it makes the tough days a little easier.

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk!

Sporting Icon:

When I was growing up, I always admired Steffi Graph. To me she epitiomised the true qualities of a world class athlete – sportsmanship courage, stamina, determination, self control, presence of mind and love and enthusiasm for the game of tennis.