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CAMERON BROWN - NZ'S MOST REVERED IRONMAN TRIATHLETE

June 18, 2020

CAMERON BROWN - NZ'S MOST REVERED IRONMAN TRIATHLETE

The Early Years

I've had a passion for the sport of Triathlon ever since I did my first race back in the summer of 1987. Some 33 years later I'm still competing and loving it. As I get older I seem to appreciate the sport more and more. It's great to reminisce about the past but the future of Triathlon continues to grow. I was lucky to start the sport back in the late 80's as we had the like's of Rick Wells and Erin Baker as our kiwi hero's, Both won the first ever Triathlon World Championships back in 1987 so it was always great to be standing next to them on the start line.

As a junior I raced pretty well winning the New Zealand Secondary School Triathlon Championships in 1988 and then made the move to being a professional Triathlete as soon as I left school in 1990. I raced up in Japan in my early years trying to make a living in the sport racing back to back seasons for many years. I would compete over the kiwi summer and then head straight to the Northern hemisphere to race in their season, so it was great to follow the sun each year and miss winter.

Making A Name

In 1992 I finished 2nd in the ITU World Championships as a junior and then tried my luck competing on the ITU World Cup season for many years in the hope of one day qualifying for the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000. My best ever race on the World cup circuit was a 3rd behind Australian great Brad Bevan and 2004 Olympic champion Hamish Carter. I never had the speed on the run like these guys so decided to try my luck in the Ironman.

I had always watched the New Zealand Ironman in March each year, one day hoping to race. That day happened in 1997 when I competed in my first ever Ironman in St Heliers, Auckland. I had a shocker, but I had caught the bug of Ironman and found my true distance in Triathlon. My first victory at Ironman New Zealand came in 2001 when I ran down the ITU World Champion, Peter Sandvang from Denmark, who held a 12 minute lead off the bike. My other victories came in 2002,03,04,05,07,08,09,10,11, 12,15 and 2016 at the age of 43yr!  

Move to HOKA ONE ONE

I’m very excited to be joining the Team HOKA NZ. I was very lucky early in my career that I stayed injury free but over time And into my 40’s I found I was breaking down more and more. The last 6 months I’ve been trialling the HOKA ONE ONE brand and I love them. I’m more stable on my feet due to a larger platform, they have incredible cushioning, light weight and a fantastic range for all kinds of athletes. My plan is to be racing professionally until I’m 50! 

Career Results

  • 12 x Ironman New Zealand Champion
  • European Ironman Champion, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2x 2nd Place Hawaii Ironman World Championships
  • 2x 3rd Place Hawaii Ironman World Championships
  • 3x 2nd Place European Ironman Championships, Germany
  • Cairns Ironman Champion
  • Metaman Iron distance Champion, Indonesia
  • Japan 70.3 Champion
  • Korea 70.3 Champion
  • Utah 70.3 Champion
  • 10x New Zealand Half Ironman Championships
  • 2nd Place Asia Pacific Championships
  • 2x 2nd Place Ironman Cairns
  • 3rd Place Lake Placid Ironman
  • 2nd Place Challenge Roth, Germany
  • 3rd Place Ironman Germany, Roth




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