Legendary triathlete Chrissie Wellington MBE gave an inspirational talk at the Manx Museum as part of a visit to the Island to raise funds for The Children’s Centre. Well over 100 guests heard the four-time Ironman World Champion explain how years of determination and hard work allowed her to become one of the most successful female endurance athletes of all time. The talk took place on the evening of November 28, and earlier that day Chrissie went on a cycle ride with 14 Manx sports enthusiasts who each paid £100 to take part. A total of £3,300 was raised from both the museum talk and the bike ride. All of the funds will go The Children’s Centre’s charitable projects such as Mobex, Out2Play, Child Contact Centre, Community Development and the Community Farm which all help families and children across the Island. Mark Eastham, Fundraising Co-ordinator for The Children’s Centre, said:
“Chrissie is an incredibly inspirational sportswoman and her talk at the museum gave a fantastic insight into the level of drive and commitment required to become World Champion. As well as being a great athlete she is also a brilliant motivational speaker, and her expert opinions on what it takes to achieve excellence apply to many other areas of life such as business or academic success. We would like to thank Chrissie for supporting The Children’s Centre, Microgaming and SMP Partners for sponsoring her visit, and everyone who took part in the cycle ride and attended the Manx Museum talk.”
Managing Director of SMP Partners, Mark Denton said,
“It was a huge pleasure to co-sponsor this event – as well as supporting the Children’s Centre’s fund raising activities, it was great to be able to give so many people the chance to meet Chrissie Wellington. Her achievements in Ironman Triathlon speak for themselves but her overriding message, to discover your personal passion and have the courage to pursue it to the highest level you can, is a lesson which applies not only in sport but to us all and in every aspect of our lives.”
Roger Raatgever, CEO, Microgaming said:
“We were delighted to help bring Chrissie Wellington to the Island. She is an inspirational woman and someone that we can all learn a lot from. She is an outstanding British Triathlete and won the World Ironman Championships four times! At Microgaming we firmly believe that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind and we always look for opportunities to bring world-class performers to the Island and spend time with our team; we even went out for a ride with her which was great fun! It only takes one comment from someone who has excelled in their field of excellence to inspire you and make you think differently. Chrissie certainly gave us food for thought.”
During the interval guest were kept entertained by a ‘Wattbike Challenge’. Six prominent Manx athletes were split into two teams, and the audience in return for a small donation were asked to try and calculate the total combined distance each team would cycle on the stationary bikes in three minutes. The team of Rob Parker, Gianni Epifani and Darren Bell clocked up the greatest distance with 6,873metres. Diane Parker was the member of the audience who guessed how far they would cycle and she went home with an IOM Triathlon Club Jersey signed by Chrissie.
Chrissie Wellington retired as a professional triathlete undefeated over the Ironman distance. The Ironman World Championships are held annually in Hawaii. Chrissie won her first world title in 2007 to become the first British triathlete (male or female) to win the event. She retained the title in 2008 and 2009 and, after missing the 2010 race due to illness, returned to take her fourth world crown in 2011. In 2008 she won the women’s event in the Alpe d’Huez Long Course Triathlon which included an ascent of the mountain regularly used in the Tour de France. In addition, she finished second overall and only just over a minute behind the Brazilian Marcus Ornellas – the only man who could outpace her after six hours of racing. In 2010 Chrissie was awarded an MBE for services to her sport, and in 2012 retired from competing as a professional triathlete. Since then she has focused her energies on a range of interests away from sport including motivational speaking, writing her autobiography ‘Life Without Limits’, and supporting a number of charities including Girls Education Nepal, Envision (a UK based youth empowerment organisation), the Jon Blais’ Foundation for ALS, and Jane’s Appeal (the charity established by the late Jane Tomlinson CBE).