One woman's 'tri-bug' spreads

A personal connection with breast cancer motivated Northland woman, DJ Gillming (pictured)to sign up for the Bissell Women’s Series, a multisport event run in six centres across New Zealand.

“My main motivation signing up for the NarrowNeck event this year was to raise money for breast cancer awareness and education, “says DJ.

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is the Bissell Women's Series Official Charity. Around 60 other women joined DJ as a Pink Ribbon Active member raising over $20,000 across the six events.

DJ competed in her first triathlon four years ago at age 43 with a motivation to change her life and get fit. When the mother of her best friend got breast cancer, DJ decided to challenge herself further by setting a fundraising goal to benefit the Foundation, and stretching her race to an Olympic distance tri course.

“Luckily because she was well informed, my friend’s mum caught it in time and won the fight. I have since met many other amazing women who have had breast cancer but sadly, theirs wasn’t found early enough, which is why I think it is important to spread awareness and support the work of the Foundation.”

Even though this is DJ’s fourth tri season, she still enjoys "coming home" to the Bissell Women's Tri Series, This year, she participated in two Auckland based events.

“I love seeing other gals give it their first go! Plus I’ve now got the tri-bug!” exclaims DJ.

Find out more about how you can join the Pink Ribbon Active team, set your own challenge and fundraise to beat breast cancer.

Regular exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Research has shown that moderate physical exercise, three times per week, reduces a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by between15-20%.