The Physical Performance Show: Emma Carney Multiple World Champion, Sport Australia & World Triathlon Hall of Fame Member

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Emma Carney

In episode 257 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Emma Carney, Multiple World Champion, Sport Australia & World Triathlon Hall of Fame Member on this featured performer episode.

Emma recently released her autobiography “Hard Wired, Life, Death and Triathlon”. It’s a book that I recommend for the bookshelf of every endurance sports enthusiast, and particularly every triathlon lover. Growing up as a triathlete in the 90s Emma Carney was certainly a name and a presence gracing the covers of triathlon magazines, TV screens wherever the triathlon enthusiast looked

Emma came from a junior running/athletics background, where she represented Australia twice at the world cross country championships in 1994 and 1995, and then again in the Ekiden Relay in 1993 and 1994.  You’ll hear today how Emma turned to the sport of triathlon and in just 18 months took out the 1994 world ITU international triathlon union championship in Auckland by a record margin at that stage of 2mins 12secs.

Following that very impressive international debut taking out a world title, Emma recorded seven ITU World Cup wins in 1996 and collectively across her career 19 World Cup wins. From June 1995 to April 1997, Emma recorded an unbroken string of 12 straight ITU World Cup wins. Emma was the World Cup champion in 1995, 1996 and 1997. And of course the ITU now World Triathlon world champion in 1994 and then again in 1997. Subsequently, Emma was inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame in 2016.

On this featured performer episode, you’ll hear Emma truly share around the highs, the lows and the learnings from what was a remarkable career and a remarkable chapter in Australian Triathlon and World Triathlon history. Emma shares on the early days her rules of competition training philosophies, and now as her attention turns to coaching up and coming triathlon talent, her ambitions to see Australia secure Olympic Gold with her podium project and the burning reason behind that.  You’ll hear me touch on the controversial 2000 Olympic triathlon Australia team selection snub of which you’ll also be able to read the full documented history in ‘Hard Wired, Life Death and Triathlon”  Emma’s recently released autobiography.

This really is an episode that epitomizes the highs lows and learnings.

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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • Emma’s book
  • Perception of effort
  • Wanting to represent Australia
  • Junior Sports
  • Triathlon in the 90s
  • Heart issues and returning to sport
  • Missing out on representing Sydney Olympics
  • Volume vs Quality
  • Top 3 mistakes
  • Losing her sister
  • Racing Ironman
  • Physical Challenge
  • Best Advice

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“You do have to suffer and you do have to have misery in your life.”
“Being an athlete completely sucks.”
“If you can out suffer, you’re generally going to be the best in the world.”
“You have to race often to race well.”
“Be confident in your own ability, if you truly want to do something, you will achieve it.” Best advice

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To follow Emma Carney:

Instagram: @emmaecarney
Twitter:  @emmaecarney
Website: EmmaCarney


0:00 Start
4:55 Emma’s book
8:10 Perception of effort
11:50 Wanting to represent Australia
19:40 Junior Sports
23:10 Triathlon in the 90s
26:15 Heart issues and returning to sport
32:08 Missing out on representing Sydney Olympics
38:30 Volume vs Quality
43:50 Top 3 mistakes
52:30 Losing her sister
1:02:35 Racing Ironman
1:07:57 Physical Challenge
1:08:23 Best Advice
1:15:39 Finish

People Mentioned

Rob” de Castella – Australian former world champion marathon runner, Episode 37 of The Physical Performance Show
Les McDonald – Founding President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU)
Garth Prowd – Former Australian Triathlete


Hard Wired Book



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