Tuesday 10 April 2007

A Serious Athlete--and Middle-Aged!

The cover of the April 2007 issue of Triathlete features Brazilian triathlete Fernanda Keller who has competed in 20 consecutive Hawaii Ironman competitions, placing in the top 10 fourteen times and getting on the podium with six third-place finishes. In 2006 she won the Brazilian Ironman 70.3 and continues to compete at the highest level. She will return in 2007 for Hawaiian Ironman No. 21.

In addition to all of her training, she founded the Fernanda Keller Institute which provides 700 underprivileged children each year with after-school sports programs and introduces them to triathlon.

A major sports celebrity in Brazil, she began doing triathlons in the early days of the sport in the 1980s. And at 43 years of age she is an example of how being middle-aged can really be a synonym for style, strength and beauty. This cheers me up no end.

Fernanda's website is here.

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