Dimity-Lee Duke decided to challenge herself at the highest level of triathlon after claiming fourth in her age group at the World Championship in Kona in 2013 as well as a string of age-group IRONMAN victories.
The 2014 season was another step forward as she posted a campaign full of solid results in 70.3, full-distance and XTERRA events. But all this was achieved despite working full time as an Industrial Paramedic, mainly on remote mine sites in Western Australia.
So in 2015 the Aussie star decided to step back from her academic career and go all in on triathlon. Gone was the travel and tough work schedule which made triathlon a constant juggling act.
The initial goal was to make the start line at Kona and finish in the top 10. While she didn’t quite achieve that, she did qualify and finish 20th. A result she would better in 2016 when she took 17th.
Outside of her Hawaiian exploits, Duke has been consistent in notching top-10 finishes over both full and 70.3 distances each year.
Her 2019 season brought second-place finishes over 70.3 at Cebu and Subic Bay in the Philippines while she was sixth in Vietnam and 31st at the World Championship in Nice. Full-distance IRONMAN events saw her take fourth in Barcelona and sixth in Texas.
Dimity-Lee is a true sports nut and has an enviable skillset. Before 2013 she was also racing off-road motorcycles, both Enduro and motocross. It is no surprise then that she really enjoys off-road triathlon so much.
Outside of triathlon Duke also enjoys golf, mountain biking, surfing and diving while in downtime her ideal TV schedule involves shows about cooking and home renovations. She obviously loves the great outdoors and has a passion for learning about different cultures.
As for a racing mantra, Dimity-Lee's is quite simple - “pain is temporary, memories last for ever”.