Vanessa Raw

ATW Meets Vanessa Raw

To some Vanessa Raw is a recognised artist and has a degree in Fine Art from Loughborough University.

Since graduating, Vanessa has moved further south to Kingston upon Thames where she has her own art studio.

To the sporting community Vanessa Raw has another talent. She is a professional triathlete and has already proven to the world that she has the ability to compete with the very best.

Already this year Vanessa has had a string of impressive results:

  • 4th Place at the 2012 Salinas ITU Triathlon Premium Pan American Cup
  • 2nd Place at the 2012 Lima ITU Triathlon Premium Pan American Cup
  • 2nd Place at the 2012 Bridgetown ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup

These results have put Vanessa back in contention for one of the two unclaimed 2012 Olympic places behind leading Brit Helen Jenkins and ATW believes she has the ability and drive to get there.

Vanessa Raw has kindly taken time out of her training schedule to complete our Q&A interview:

Name: Vanessa Raw
Age: 27
Occupation: Artist and Triathlete
Favourite Events:  Windsor is always a great atmosphere and close to home!
How did you first become in interested in triathlon?
When I went to Loughborough University to study Fine art, I started triathlon for fun, aged 21.
What is your best performance to date?
Just 18 months into the sport I got 4th at the world U23s and 10th at the Beijing Olympic test event (2006).
What is your most important training session?
Hard run sessions, above race pace, 9ks worth
What is the most impressive/craziest training session you have ever known somebody complete?
I know somebody who told me she did 4hrs plus in one go on the x trainer when she was injured!
What are your goals for the next 12 months?
To become the best triathlete I can possibly be, staying consistent and injury free.
What is the most memorable athletics event you have ever watched? 
In terms of triathlon, in Lausanne Worlds 2006, watching Tim (Don) , Will (Clarke), and Alastair (Brownlee) win was a pretty special atmosphere.
Which athlete do you most admire?
Kelly Holmes
Where is your favourite venue that you have competed at?  
There has been loads that I have loved, places with culture and history...Madrid is great for its art!
What is your favourite:
Book: erm... I don't have a specific one, I love reading non fiction books on science, psychology, philosophical matters and of course arty books.
Film:  Inception 
TV Show: I love watching the Voice, x factor and Britains got Talent! 
If your next race had to be in fancy dress what outfit would you choose?
A pug, think they're so funny!

Vanessa is currently working on an exciting art project based on inspiration where individuals such as Jenson Button, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Jonny Wilkinson and David Walliams have all agreed to be involved. The exhibition will be on display in 2013 in a prominent London location.

Find out more about Vanessa

For more information about Vanessa’s triathlon and art visit her website at

Vanessa can be found on Twitter as @NessRawArt


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Posted Date: 08th Apr 2012

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