Miss December – Suzy Knights

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

Introducing Suzy Knights – who actually needs no introduction to most, as she has been the driving force behind Beccles Triathlon Club for several years, ever since the founders Kate Bryson and Jason Painter handed the reins to her in 2016. Since then the club has gone on from strength to strength with a current membership of 100 + and much of its success can be attributed to Suz and her determination, enthusiasm and inspiration to others. She won’t find this paragraph an easy read because she is very modest and humble about all her achievements but I’m sure that all club members will agree that it is fitting to end 2019 with her club profile and an opportunity for us all to say thanks to her and everything she has done for Beccles Triathlon Club.

Tell us about your pre-triathlon sporting history and your favourite sport at school?

At school I really loved playing Netball and Hockey. I was in the netball team at primary school. At high school I ended up in the football team, I loved playing in a team but I got bullied quite a bit at high school so stopped playing.

After school I did no sport at all, until January 2014 when I started training for my first triathlon.

How and why did you get into triathlon and what was your first event?

I got into Triathlon through Rebecca, she really inspired me. Initially it started as a prosecco fuelled promise to her. She wanted to do Fritton lake triathlon and asked me to do it with her. When I realised what a triathlon (open water as well) entailed I seriously did consider backing out. However she had recently given birth and was a single mum at the time, yet she did the 5 mile promenade dash 6 months after Sebastian was born. It really made me take a step back and think. Plus by that point I had stupidly set up a just giving page and people had donated... I couldn't back out even if I wanted to!!!

Your greatest achievement and personal bests?

This is a hard one as I am my own worst critic. When I look back to how I was pre-triathlon, lazy, unhappy, overweight, unhealthy...finish Fritton Lake Triathlon was a turning point in my life and I honestly feel like I have been given a second chance. After that completing IMUK was just the best. It was such a huge personal challenge and I managed to do it! I remember Jase (as well as others) telling me I would never be a long distance athlete, I really was that bad when I first started.

What have been your best, worst and funniest triathlon moments to date?