Kate Bevilaqua: Pro triathlete

Kate Bevilaqua is one of the many outstanding pro triathletes born and raised in the land down under.

Pro triathlete Kate Bevilaqua

Kate is off to a great start in 2012–Image by Tessa Capistrano

Australia has an amazing knack of producing some of the most accomplished triathletes in the world and Kate is a perfect example.

In her other life, 34-year-old Kate is a Physical Education teacher and like most Australians grew up with a love of sports in general.

Currently half her year is spent in Perth, Australia and the other half in Boise, Idaho.

Kate’s first ventures into triathlon was more a means to stay fit than anything else but soon she developed a passion for the sport and the rest is history.


BECOMING A PRO TRIATHLETE

A venture into Olympic distance triathlon’s soon evolved into a trip to the Hawaii Ironman. The first trip led to another and the second time around Kate finished third in the 25-29 category.

It is quite an accomplishment to place in the top of any age-group in Hawaii and especially in one so highly contested as the 25-29 group.

This was enough for Kate to quality for a pro license in Australia and her new career as a pro triathlete was under way.

THE EARLY YEARS
Pro triathlete Kate Bevilaqua

Kate on the Queen K. Ironman Hawaii 2011-Image by Tessa Capistrano

Kate enjoyed great success in the early years of her pro career with many top-five finishes against some of the best pros in the world.

-4th Ironman WA 2006
-4th Australian National Long Course Champs 2007
-4th Ironman Australia 2007
-24th Pro Female Hawaii Ironman World Champs 07
-1st Pro Female Port of Tauranga Half-Ironman 2008
-1st Amateur Female Australian National Olympic
Distance Championships 2008
-2nd Pro Female Ironman New Zealand 2008
-3rd Honolulu 70.3 2008

It seemed only a matter of time before Kate would win her first Ironman and it couldn’t have happened in a better race as she won Ironman Western Australia 2010.

Ironman Hawaii was on the list for both 2010 and 2011 and although the races may not have gone as well as hoped, Kate had her best swim ever in Kona in 2011 and that bodes well for the future as she is well on her way to qualifying for Ironman Hawaii 2012.

2012 RACE RESULTS
-Ironman Western Australia......sixth place........9:43:37
-Ironman New Zealand 70.3.......second place.......4:30:37
-Ironman Singapore 70.3.........third place........4:32:22
Kate Bevilaqua pro triathlete

Kate on the Kona Seawall the day after Ironman Hawaiil 2011-Image by Tessa Capistrano

At this point in the season Kate currently sits in the 21st spot in Kona points ranking and is off to a great start. The top 40 male and top 25 female pros in the KPR as of July 29, 2012 (July Qualifiers) will be qualified to race in Kona 2012.

Kate appears to be in top form as New Zealand and Singapore were only weeks apart and she made the podium in both of them.

Kate’s luminous personality, her approachability as a pro triathlete, and her dedication to training and racing make her a great representative for Australia and for the sport of triathlon.

We at Ironstruck.com wish Kate the very best in her quest to once again be part of the Ironman Hawaii World Championships in Kona, the greatest endurance race in the world.

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