Bourne Academy Sixth Form student Kayleigh Adams has qualified for the Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Canada, after placing 6th at the national qualifying event in Nottingham.
18-year-old Kayleigh, from Deepings St James, qualified for the Championships after having ‘the race of her life’ at Nottingham Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, finishing the triathlon with an overall time of 1:10:12. Kayleigh completed the 750m open water swim in 11 minutes 29 seconds, the 20km bike ride in 34 minutes 30 seconds and the 5km run in 22 minutes and 29 seconds.
The World Championships, which are being held in Edmonton, Canada in August, will see up to 20 age group athletes represent Great Britain at the international event.
Three separate qualifying events are held across the country in Nottingham, Rother Valley and Milton Keynes to enable athletes to qualify for the World Championships. Four athletes are selected from each of the three qualifying events to make up the first 12 athletes, with the remaining 8 places available for prequalification’s, discretionary and roll down placed athletes.
Kayleigh says: “I have worked really hard to achieve my dreams. Early starts and fitting training in around my ‘A’ Levels, as well as work has been difficult. It is important that everyone has a goal to focus on and the Sprint Triathlon World Championships was mine. I am chuffed that my hard work over the last 12 months has paid off and I am both nervous and excited to represent GB in a sport that I love. I hope to share my story with aspiring young people in my local schools in the summer as I really believe that sport is so good for everyone, particularly young people.”
Clare Wookey, Kayleigh’s mum, says: “Kayleigh turned 18 on June 4th, the day after we found out she qualified and it was the best present we could have asked for. To watch someone work so hard and be so driven to succeed is a real pleasure. Words cannot express how proud I am of her and her achievements!”
“It will cost over £4,000 to take Kayleigh to compete in Canada so, with support from Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Sport, we are currently on a tough mission of trying to find sponsorship for her.”
Kayleigh did her first Triathlon in Woodhall Spa last July. This event was organised as part of the One Step Beyond Triathlon series. The event saw Kayleigh complete a 400m swim, a 24km bike ride and a 5km run. She came second in her age group. After competing in a variety of different triathlon events, Kayleigh’s Mum, having seen her potential, enrolled the support of a Triathlon Coach, Judith Brand, from Dr J Coaching and Bike Fitting in January 2014 and has since gone on to see great success.
If you are interested in sponsoring Kayleigh, send her an email.