Captain Katrina Rye

Army Officer To Take On World Ironman Competition

Captain Katrina Rye has secured her place at next year’s World Ironman 70.3 Championships.

Captain Katrina Rye

Captain Rye won the English Championships last month (Picture: British Army).

An Army officer has won a place at the World Ironman 70.3 Championships next year.

Captain Katrina Rye serves in the Royal Army Medical Corps and works as a physiotherapist with NHS staff to help rehabilitate injured military personnel and civilians.

Over the summer, she was deployed to Canada for four months where she supported soldiers taking part in British military exercises.

Capt Rye will participate in the World Ironman competiiton next September, after overcoming knee and hip injuries while in Canada.

After returning to the UK, the officer led the Army Ladies’ team to the gold medal in the British Triathlon Relays and a week later finished first in the England Middle Distance Triathlon Championships in a time of four hours and 15 minutes.

This meant she was crowned Inter-Services champion. 

Captain Rye
Captain Rye won a gold medal for the Army in the British Triathlon Relays (Picture: British Army).

Capt Rye said: "Despite experiencing a tough few months with knee and hip injuries in Canada, I was determined to overcome them and get race-fit.

"I did this by tapping into the military expertise around me, as well as using my own knowledge, to rehabilitate myself back to fitness.

“Always a ‘soldier first’, my training and rehab had to be completed before and after working hours with the full support of my chain of command in Canada.

"I was extremely proud, representing the British Army, to win the Ironman 70.3 Calgary.

"Winning the national relay title as part of the Army team and then the national individual title was the icing on the cake.

"I am very excited about racing in next year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships.”

Capt Rye qualified as a physio in 2013 and commissioned into the Army the following year.

Her first full-time appointment was at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court.

She will compete in the World Ironman 70.3 Championship in September 2019 in Nice, France.