8-Time Ironman Triathlon World Champion
1990 Professional Sportswoman of the Year
One of Top 5 Pro Female Athletes of Last 25 Years
"Greatest All- Around Female Athlete in the World"
Paula was born in the Southern African country of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). At age 4 the family moved south to Republic of South Africa where sports were a dominant part of her life. Competitive age-group swimming and a committed focus to classical ballet took were the foundation to what became a career in triathlon.
At the age of 23-year-old Paula moved from Durban, South Africa to San Diego to pursue a dream of doing triathlon. In just her second Ironman at age 24 she was the first woman to go under 10 hours with her 9:49:14 winning time at Kona in 1986. She shocked the world of endurance sport when she took 11th overall including the men and smashed the course record by 34 minutes when she won with an amazing 9:01:01 time in 1988.
In 1992, she won her 5th Ironman Hawaii with a course record time of 8:55:28 -- a record which stood for 17 years until Chrissie Wellington broke it in 2009. After a spectacular collapse in the final mile at Kona in 1995, Newby-Fraser came back in 1996 with her smartest race ever to win an unmatched 8th Kona title - two more than Dave Scott, Mark Allen and Natascha Badmann. Her grand total of 24 Ironman victories is nearly twice as many as the 15 wins earned by her closest challenger and good friend Heather Fuhr.
It was in the mid 1980's that Paul co-founded Multisports.com with John Duke and cycling Legend John Howard. With the addition of Roch Frey and Paul Huddle in 1999 the coaching brand of Multisports.com flourished to set the standard and forge the direction of a now flourishing internet based coaching industry.
It has been a love of the sport, the racing and the people that led to a career in the organizational and operational ranks of triathlon. In 2003 Paula took a job at Ironman North America as the Pro Liason for the US series of events. This lead to an ever expanding education in the dynamics of the sport, and a 'second' career off the racing track. Along with coaching and camps, Paula now works with the World Triathlon Corporation as Director of the Ironman Foundation which is integral in the success of the Ironman branded events within their communities.
In the little down time that is left, Paula and husband Paul Huddle (married Oct 2005....finally) and Gidget the Wonder Dog like to spend time in their home away from home in the mountains of Southern Utah.
The Women's Sports Foundation named Paula it's 1990 "Professional Sportswoman of the Year", the most prestigious international award given to female athletes each year. The United States Sports Academy, CNN & USA Today! named Paula as one of top 5 professional women athletes of the last 25 years (1972-97).
- 8-Time Ironman Triathlon World Champion 1996, 1994, 1993,1992, 1991, 1989, 1988, 1986
- 24 Ironman Triathlon Career Wins(1986-2004)
- Ironman World Record Holder 1992-2009 (8:50:24)
- "Professional Sportswoman of the Year " Women's Sports Foundation(1990)
- Named "Greatest Triathlete in History" Triathlete Magazine (1999)
- Named "Greatest All-Around Female Athlete in the World"ABC's Wide World of Sports & Los Angeles Times
- Named "Female Pro Athlete of the Decade" Los Angeles Times for 1980's
Awards & Accolades
- Voted "Athlete of the Decade" by Readers of Active.com with 68% of the Vote
- Inducted into The San Diego Hall of Champions Breitbard Hall of Fame
- Listed #60 Sports Illustrated for Women’s Greatest Female Athletes of the century
- Named "GREATEST OF ALL -TIME" by Triathlete Magazine