Former Elite Triathlete Back After 19 Year Hiatus
After being hit by a car while training in Vancouver, Louise Mackinlay is ready to compete again.
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After being hit by a car while training in Vancouver and 19 years away from triathlons, Louise Mackinlay is still hungry to do it all over again.
Mackinlay, 49, began racing in triathlons in 1986 and won various races in Australia and abroad.
But after a horrific injury in 1989 Mackinlay’s life changed.
“In 1989 the first Australian world championships team went over to race in Avignon in France where we had a great time there,” she said.
“We then went to Canada to race and unfortunately I got hit by a car when I was on my bike as we were out training.
“I don’t remember anything about it and don’t remember anything for the next three or four years.
“I was really lucky I was able to get patched back together and able to compete but the problem is I don’t remember any of it.’‘
She returned to racing for another three years Mackinlay never made a full recovery. But after having her first child and 19 years away from the sport Mackinlay is ready to return.
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