I started triathlon nearly 3 years ago now. I had previously run cross country and played hockey for my university (so not swum competitively or even picked up a bike!) After a successful first season with my club Crystal Palace Triathletes (winning my age group in the London League) I decided to take the sport to the next level. I knew that this would be a challenge alongside my job as a primary school teacher. I had to be incredibly organised and really commit to my training schedule day in and day out. In September 2016, I won a bronze medal at the Age Group World Championships in the sprint distance. It was an incredible experience to compete at an international level, and gave me a taste of what could be to come if I continued down this path.
This season my goals have been to qualify for the worlds again, but for the standard distance. I also wanted to experience racing at an elite level by competing in the British Triathlon Super series. Finally, I wanted to manage to do all of this whilst teaching my reception class to read and write!
“I am incredibly grateful to the GLL Sport Foundation for their support this year. The use of Crystal Palace Sports Centre facilities and physiotherapy at the sports clinic have been absolutely integral to my successful season.”
I am now approaching the end of my season and am happy to say that these goals have been achieved. I raced in the elite category for the British Triathlon super series, with my best result being 7th in the National Duathlon Championships in Bedford. I have managed to win or podium as overall female in every age group race that I have competed in, which includes my qualification for the World Championships in September.
I hope to finish my season with a good performance at the World Championships in Rotterdam, and look forward to making new goals for next year!