In Episode 7, Meredith Novack (Mere for short) talks about her background and some of the challenges for women in sports. Initially recorded just a test interview for lighting and sound for the full interview (which will be released in Episode 8), we decided to release this because of some of the great topics discussed. Topics covered include her early years as a top 50 meter backstroke champion as a youth, the Ironman Triathlon, and women versus men in the Ironman and open water swimming.
A former professional triathlete, world class swimmer and coach, Meredith has the distinction of beating all of the male pros out of the water multiple times during her career. Meredith competed internationally for 14 years, representing the USA at the World University Games in Triathlon and at four World Championships. She was very well liked by her peers and voted onto USA Triathlon’s Athlete Advisory Council. While competing, she coached club and college swimming and triathlon – working with the best of the best: Coach Eddie Reese (USA Olympic Coach / University of Texas), Coach Tim Murphy (US Olympic Open Water Swim Coach), Coach Nick Baker (Canadian Olympic Coach), Coach Brett Sutton – to name a few…
Her coaching style is very direct and positive. She believes in empowering athletes of all ages! Her methods have resulted in more than 100 National Championship wins! Retiring from triathlon in her 30’s, she speaks to teams and clubs on reaching the next level in sport and gives consultations. She has worked at the Ironman World Championships in Kona six times…as a brand rep and spokesmodel for On-Running shoes, BeachBody and Ironman. Meredith loves sharing her knowledge and talking to thousands of people. At 45 years young, she continues to inspire and motivate!
For more on Meredith check out her website: www.MeredithNovack.com