Emma Carney

Specialist Details

Country : Australia
Location : Melbourne
Languages : English
Gender : Female


Athlete Performance Experience – Multiple World Champion Triathlon, Sport Australia Hall of Fame – Athlete Member, Triathlon, World Triathlon Hall of Fame
World Triathlon Performance Coach
Athletics Australia Level 2 Coach
AUS Cycling Performance Coach

Specialises in:

High Performance Coaching
Specific fitness – swim, bike and run
High Performance Sport

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A multiple world champion, three-time world number one and nine-time Australian champion during a trailblazing triathlon career, Emma Carney took the sport to new levels of speed, power and athleticism.

Emma Carney began her sporting career in athletics and was one of Australia’s leading young distance athletes. As a talented junior distance runner, Emma won national school titles on the track and represented Australia in two world cross country championships and two Australian road relay teams at senior level.

Carney raced her first triathlon in 1993 and competed in her first international triathlon at the world championships in 1994 and won that race by a record margin.

It was the first of two world titles, the second coming in front of a huge home crowd on the streets of Perth in 1997.
During 1995, 1996 and 1997 Emma won all but three races internationally as she dominated the sport.

Throughout her career Emma was renowned for her explosive bike and run combination which enabled her to dominate her competition. Much of this athletic prowess was thought to be due to her abnormally low resting heart rate (recorded to be below 30) combined with her extremely high lactate tolerance threshold, perhaps allowing Carney to race at her maximum heart rate, with little to no lactate build up allowing her to maintain speed.

Carney was forced to retire, in 2004, when she was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. She had raced with an undiagnosed heart condition for a number of years and still remained competitive internationally. She was initially told by doctors she ‘would never exercise again’, and was fitted with a defibrillator.

Today Emma has multiple coaching roles from school sporting programs, and pathway (youth and Junior) through to High Performance coaching. Emma also contributes to World Triathlon Development, facilitating face to face coaching courses, online courses while also providing content for online learning for coaches and athletes.

ADHD-BED Integrated community highly value the opportunity to work with Emma, building their training schedules which can be safely tailored for fitness-minded, prospective and professional athletes, as well as those who want to take up sports as the way to take responsibility for their health.

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