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Rhiannon Victoria Hughes (born 19 July 1984) is an Australian triathlete and former rower. She competed at the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Club and State Rowing
Born in Wales, and raised in Alice Springs, Hughes was educated at St. Philip’s College. She attended the University of South Australia, studying Human Movement. She took up rowing after being identified by the South Australian Sports Institute as having ideal physical attributes for rowing, cycling and volleyball. She later relocated to the Australia Capital Territory to study her Masters of Physiotherapy and continued to row with the Canberra Rowing Club and sports institute.
Hughes won various State and national championships through her career rowing for South Australia at the Australian Rowing Championships initially in 2006. During her years in Canberra, she rowed out of the boat sheds of the Canberra Rowing Club.
From 2012 she returned to row in South Australia, rowing at the Adelaide University Boat Club. Hughes was part of the 2014 South Australian Queens Cup rowing team that claimed second position behind the formidable Victoria at the Australian Rowing Championships... This was South Australia’s first Queen’s Cup podium finish since 2000. In 2015 she rowed in the South Australian women’s eight which claimed third position in the Queens Cup .
International Representative Rowing
Hughes started aiming for selection in Australian sculling boats in 2013. She rowed in a double scull at the 2014 World Rowing Cup I in Sydney with Fiona Albert  placing first in the B Final. In 2015 she turned to sweep rowing aiming to score selection into Australia’s women’s eight, pairing up with Western Australia’s Megan Bagworth. Unfortunately, they were unable to qualify their boat. Rib stress fractures saw an end to Hughes’ selection hopes, and eventually her retirement from rowing.
Hughes retired from rowing in 2016, her final race was the Queen’s Cup at the Australian Rowing Championships that year where South Australia narrowly missed out on a bronze medal to New South Wales.
Hughes transitioned to the sport of triathlon in 2016, and has since competed in a number of Ironman 70.3 races through Australia and overseas. Hughes returned to the Sydney International Regatta Centre in 2017 for the Western Sydney Ironman 70.3 to qualify for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Hughes also raced at the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championships
In 2019 she again qualified for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships to be held in Nice, France, however has foregone the opportunity to compete.
Hughes is a qualified physiotherapist, practicing privately initially in Canberra upon leaving university, and later in Adelaide
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