David Warner's 'Ironwoman' fiance Candice leaves career for motherhood

Updated: Nov 27, 2014, 09:36 IST | A Correspondent |

Cricketer David Warner's fiancee Candice Falzon, one of Australia's most successful athletes, says she won't be returning to competition again as motherhood has taken precedence over everything else

Candice Falzon, one of Australia’s most successful sportswomen and fiancee of opening batsman David Warner has said that she won’t be returning to competitive sport anytime soon as motherhood is her priority at the moment. Falzon become the youngest professional in the Ironwoman series at the age of 14 in 1999.

Candice Falzon
March 21, 2009: Candice Falzon competes in the semi-finals of the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championship at Scarborough Beach in Perth. Pic/Getty Images.

In September, she gave birth to daughter Ivy Mae, with Warner (28). And thanks to her motherhood duties, she has decided to let go of her professional sporting career.

Candice Falzon and David Warner
Candice Falzon and David Warner at an event in Sydney earlier this year

In her latest column for the Sunday Telegraph, the 29-year-old wrote: “One of the things I am most regularly asked is what lies ahead for me in sport. Will I be returning to my old life as an Ironwoman? Will I be competing again? And to these questions I can only answer that I have reasonable, yet entirely determined, expectations.

Ivy Mae on Instagram
Candice Falzon posted this picture with two-month-old Ivy Mae on Instagram

“There is no doubt that women can return to their sports and still kick butt after children. There’s also no doubt that life as a successful athlete with kids is a challenging and daunting proposition. For me, Ironwoman is behind me for now.”

Falzon said that at the height of her training, she regularly worked out for as long as five hours a day. That’s something she cannot even think of now.

“I’ve been at the top and I am well aware what being an elite performer in this sport requires. Waking up at 4am for swimming training is a thing of the past for me — if you find me awake at that time of the night now, it’s only because my baby wants feeding. At the height of my professional career, I dedicated five hours a day to training. Now, as a mother with a little one and with my fiance Dave regularly away (representing Australia) I don’t have the capacity to be that person anymore.”

The ironwoman australia series...
The Ironman and Ironwoman Australia series established in 1985, is an annual fixture that takes place in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. The race comprises a tough endurance test of running, swimming and cycling.

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