““You have to be in the arena to compete” - Paraphrasing Teddy Roosevelt”
LIA ANTONIA LADBROOK BY THE NUMBERS
YEARS AS AN ATHLETE
My name is Lia Ladbrook, and I am a Downhill and Enduro Mountain bike rider from Australia. I have always had a very competitive personality and, therefore, have nurtured a love for sport my whole life. This quality naturally drew me towards mountain bike racing, and I have fallen in love with the thrill and excitement of going fast on my bike.
Do you have any rituals before competing?
I don’t have set rituals, however, prior to competing, I focus on keeping a clear head and, no matter what, having fun on the bike.
What is a hidden talent that you have?
I enjoy art and drawing in my free time.
What are your top 3 values?
Perseverance, honesty, compassion.
Interesting fact or story about your time as an athlete
I broke my foot just before the beginning of my final year at school, and was off the bike for a whole year, confined to a moon boot and knee scooter. The first day I was cleared to ride my bike again was the day of my last exam, and it added to the celebration of the completion of high school.