Izzi Batt-Doyle, Olympian
Izzi is an Australian Olympian, competing in the 5,000m at the Tokyo 2020 Games held in 2021. She runs professionally and is a qualified Personal Trainer and Recreational Running Coach. She holds personal bests of 70:16 for half-marathon, 31:43 for 10,000m, 15:04 for 5,000m, 8:51 for 3,000m and 4:12 for 1500m.
Izzi spent 5 years competing as a student/athlete at The University of Washington (USA). There she was a multiple All-American and school record holder at the 5,000m(i) and 10,000m. There she earned her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology. Her career highlights during this time include placing 3rd in the 10,000m at the 2019 NCAA Track & Field Championships and winning the 2019 PAC12 Conference Championship in the 10,000m. Izzi represented Australia at the 2017 and 2019 World University Games in the 10,000m where she placed 7th and 6th respectively. During her collegiate career she suffered from six stress fractures in her feet in the span of two years, overcoming these difficult times strengthened her resilience and she credits this to making her a stronger athlete physically and mentally.
Izzi had breakout performances in 2020/2021 after years of battling injuries. She won the SA State Road 10km Championships in 32:37, the SA State Track 10,000m Championships in 32:13, and the SA State Track 5,000m Championships where she broke the previous state record held by Lisa Ondieki that was set 25 years ago in 1995 - the year Izzi was born.
Izzi placed second in the 2020 Australian 10,000m Championships (held in Jan 2021) with a 30 second personal best of 31:43 to move to #10 Australian all-time and #4 on home soil. In 2021, Izzi won the Box Hill Burn 5,000m in a time of 15:11, just one second away from the Olympic Automatic Qualifying Standard. She bettered this time in The Netherlands running 15:04 to secure the Olympic Qualifying time in the process. This ranks Izzi #6 Australian all-time. At the 2021 Australian 5,000m Championships Izzi finished second place in a strong field. Later that month, Izzi broke the SA 3,000m State Record by 7 seconds running 8:51 to take the win at the State Championships. This added to her previous 5,000m and 3,000m steeplechase state records.
At the Olympic Games Izzi finished 28th overall in a time of 15:21.65 battling the hot and humid Tokyo conditions to gain valuable international racing experience. Upon return from Tokyo Izzi got back into racing winning the Noosa Bolt 5km, SA 5,000m State Championships, Melbourne Half Marathon, and the Bay Sheffield Women’s Mile before the 2021 year was closed. Her debut half marathon 70:16 at Melbourne took 44 seconds off the previous course record from 2015.
Izzi’s passion and love for running is unparalleled. She is a big believer that running and exercise can have a huge impact on an individual’s happiness and well-being. As a coach she wants to help others to share the benefits that running can provide and educate runners on positive strategies to assist them in their running and everyday life.
"I love the mango passionfruit PREPD ready to drink bottles, it is comforting to know that my hydration is being supported during training and races as it’s one less thing to think about." - Izzi Batt-Doyle