Find out how SaBaR was born, what our ethos is and how we are support all of our athletes
My name is Noella Buchanan, I am the founder of SaBaR for athletes, with its headquarters in southern Tasmania, where I swim and bike and run and have hatched all the ideas which make SabaR a complete triathlon support concept, embracing preparation with coaching guidance, awesome, well fitting clothing and easy to digest, super yummy endurance nutrition.
How did it all come about?
As a child, I never had a competitive bone in my body. Nevertheless, my parents believed in physical exercise and encouraged us 3 kids to try things out. So I joined some obscure sports along the way, from trampoline jumping to lake swimming, circus skills on horseback, table tennis and badminton. I never ran and riding a bright pink bike, my dad got me one year when we were living on a very steep hill, is not a good memory…
I came to running much, much later when I discovered that running through the bush land where I lived, would lift my spirits, made me more resilient and enabled me to return to mundane mother duties somewhat elated and calm. Soon 20 minutes stretched to half an hour and I found a running group to run with. I entered my first fun run and became a passionate trail runner, expanding my distance to 10 – 18 km through some of Tasmania’s most beautiful landscapes and loving it!
Triathlon found me when I heard about a weekend course to “try a TRI”. Remembering the spirit of my upbringing, I signed up and spent four weekends learning to ride a race bike, swim in the ocean with a wetsuit on and run with jelly legs off the bike. Triathlon had me hooked straight away. People often ask me what my favorite “leg” is and I still say that I love transitioning from one to the other, just before I get too bored! Turns out, changing sport mid race is my idea of fun.
I started racing local races the year I turned 46 and three years later represented Australia in the ITU Olympic Distance Triathlon World Championships in London. I was so proud to be wearing the green and gold, my training song was “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and I had a smile on my jubilant face all the way through the race, no matter my placing.
7 years later and my love and commitment for the sport have only grown. I love this sport because it gives anybody the opportunity to participate, on a grassroots level, right through to international competition, no matter what age or gender you are and you certainly don’t have to be the fastest in the world.
A few things are a must:
You have to have gear that works for you
You have to wear clothes that suit your shape, size and sport
You have to use the right nutrition for your specific sport/ distance and personal taste