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  • Couple of the Month - Jessica and Adrian Mccarroll

    Couple of the Month - Jessica and Adrian Mccarroll

    19 Jan 2022

    The Swimming and Triathlon Society met with couple of the month Jessica and Adrian McCarroll. When these two sweet hearts are not drinking wine, they are biking, running, swimming, playing rugby, sailing or skiing. There is not a single day of the year when they rest their athletic bodies. Jessica was Captain of the HKFC Swimming and Triathlon Society from 2015 to 2020. Adrian was co-founder and coach at Sai Kung Stingrays from 2006 to 2012.

    How long have you lived in HK?
    “31 years. We both arrived within a week of each other from opposite sides of the World.”

    When and where did you 2 meet?
    “In a bar. October 1990 in Graffiti in Lan Kwai Fong.”

    Were you already hooked to sports before you met?
    “Sport has always been a key pillar of our lives. Jessica has swum competitively since she was 7 and added soccer during middle school. My main sport was rugby which I played throughout my school years and on through university and for my first year here for the Football Club. We both took to mountain biking and trail running in Hong Kong which led to triathlon and open water swimming in the early 2010s and most recently to swim/run.”

    What’s your typical weekly training routine?
    “We each have different fitness routines due mainly to work. I manage group swim training at the Football Club two or three mornings during the week along with a couple of morning runs around the infield at Happy Valley. Jessica can usually join one or two of the morning swim sessions and supplements these with running around the Peak in the afternoon. At the weekend, we can train together and typically there will be a trail run, some road cycling and/or an ocean swim.”

    You are both experienced triathletes. Who is the best swimmer / biker / runner?
    “Jessica is by far the better swimmer. I tend to be faster on the bike and we are both fairly middle of the road in the run.”

    What drives you to do so much sport? Adrenaline? Stay fit? Explore nature? All of the above?
    “Definitely all of the above but I would add camaraderie and diversification in one’s daily routine along with the sense of achievement it engenders. A day with no sport tends to be flat.”

    What’s your favourite sport and why?
    “Hands down it is skiing for both of us. A day on the mountain is the ultimate workout and being able to enjoy it with family and friends makes it extra special.”

    How did you get your kids to follow your sportive lifestyle?
    “You may be best asking them, but I think that when you grow up in a family where both parents cherish sport and a love of the great outdoors, it rubs off on you.”

    When did you join the HKFC?
    “We joined in 2014 when Jessica was selected as a Sports Preferred Member.”

    What has sports taught you?
    “Not intending to roll out any cliches but once sport and fitness become intrinsic in your way of life, it can transform your sense of wellbeing. It is really hard work to get out there on a regular basis, but it does get easier the more you do it. An additional driver is that it is a great way to meet like-minded people and ultimately make new friends.”

    What is your most remarkable achievements in sports?

    Jessica
    Qualifying for and competing in the 50m Freestyle, the 200m Free Relay and the Freestyle leg in the Medley Relay at the Junior Olympics in Santa Clara, California in 1977.

    US age-group national record holder 50m freestyle 1977.

    Winning the 50+ age-group in the Hong Kong Cross Harbour Race in 2015.

    Qualifying for and competing in The Championship triathlon finals at Samorin, Slovakia in 2017.

    Winning an elephant for age-group 3rd place at the Phuket Triathlon in 2018.

    Jessica’s sports
    Swimming, Soccer, Hiking, Trail Running, Triathlon, SwimRun, Sailing.

    Adrian
    Playing Scottish Schoolboys rugby against England, Ireland and Wales and touring Zimbabwe with the Scotland Squad in the 1979-1980 season.

    Award for Devoted Service to Hong Kong Mini Rugby from HKRFU for the 2009-2010 season.

    Finishing the Ironman Canada in 2016.

    Qualifying for and competing in The Championship triathlon finals at Samorin, Slovakia in 2017.

    Winning an elephant for age-group 3rd place at the Phuket Triathlon in 2018.

    Adrian’s sports
    Cycling, Hiking, Trail Running, Swimming, Triathlon, SwimRun, Sailing.