Things about me


Utrecht, The Netherlands


Name: Els Visser
Date of Birth: 03-04-1990
Birthplace: Haren, The Netherlands
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 54 kg


Medicine, Univeristy Utrecht
PhD Surgery, University Utrecht


Cameron Watt, Trisutto


Ironman Champion Maastricht 2018


Brisbane, Australia


Sankt Moritz, Switzerland


The Hills District


My triathlon story is a unique one, and it’s just the beginning. A PhD in surgery and a shipwreck survivor in Indonesia. My road to professional triathlon is extraordinary. As a proud Dutchie I enjoyed various sports growing up until I turned my full attention to studying medicine in 2008. Studying was alway my main priority, I was an ambitious student and wanted to achieve good results. Besides, I made sure that I had a good student time. I joined the oldest female students sorority ‘de Utrechtse Vrouwelijke Studenten Vereeniging, UVSV’, lived in a sorority house, and was chairperson of the sorority during one year (2011-2012). During this time I made my closest friends, developed my personal and my leadership skills, and it brought me a big network.


My studies allowed me to travel the world but it also changed my life profoundly. In 2014, while traveling in Indonesia, a boat I had taken with 24 other passengers sank in the middle of the night. Clinging for life in the wreckage, I swam 8 hours to a nearby island where I was finally rescued by a passing boat the next day. My harrowing experience prompted me to live my life to the fullest and follow my dreams.


I wanted to be an Ironman. I did my first triathlon in 2016 and first Ironman in Switzerland in 2017. With an open mind, a “never look back” attitude, and untapped potential, I officially entered the pro triathlon ranks in 2017. A year later, I won my first Ironman title and became an Ironman Champion in my home country . In 2019, I made my debut in Kona and finished with a 16th place in the professional field. Only 3 years after my first ever race. My mission is to finish podium in Kona.


I am coached by Trisutto coach Cameron Watt and train with his squad The Hills District. We are based in Brisbane, Australia and in summer time we train in Sankt Moritz, Switzerland. Together we work hard so I can become the best I can be. I enjoy every moment of this Ironman journey and am very excited about everything I experience. I believe in myself and push myself to the limit to make the most out of it.



My triathlon journey is an adventurous one and I am very fortunate and filled with gratitude to have a team that supports me along the way so I can become the best that I can be. Having the belief of powerful brands and people means a lot to me. In the meantime I give my 100% to be a positive and inspiring ambassador. Being educated, world-travelled, ambitious and successful I believe that we can help each other in succeeding our goals. In February 2020 I joined the Red Bull family. A new chapter in my career, together we will take the high road and fly even higher!



Next to my triathlon career, I have different goals. I am a doctor and I have finished my PhD in Surgery in November 2019.  It is the end of my surgical career, but still I want to develop myself in the medical world, because this is where I have passion for. I believe it’s the perfect combination being a doctor and triathlete to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, aiming to prevent diseases and increase happiness. In the coming years I will use my audience and podia to focus on this topic. 

“Also I try to inspire people with my story to live their life to the fullest and never hold back by giving inspirational talks”


My mission is to finish podium in Kona. I am looking forward to all things that will happen. One thing for sure, I believe in myself, will push myself to the limit and I will make the most out of it. 



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