St Columba’s Kaitlin Bell gives it her best shot at the World Triathlon grand finals!

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A normal week for St Columba’s Catholic College, Springwood Year 12 student Kaitlin Bell includes training five days. This involves swimming, long distance bike rides, running and that is on top of going to school!

If that isn’t exhausting enough, Kaitlin is also a regular competitor on the triathlon scene having recently competed at an international level in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals on the Gold Coast.

This competition followed the same course used by the Commonwealth Games triathlon, and saw her complete a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run. Kaitlin was placed 44th out of 53.

“I am really happy with this result considering this is the first time I made it to this level to represent Australia, I trained really hard for it,’’ Kaitlin said.

Kaitlin’s father is a triathlete with experience representing Australia at an international level at the ironman world championships.

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“I have been training in triathlon since I was three. My first triathlon was as part of the Nepean Triathlon and I swam about 10 metres, bike rode less than a kilometre and ran about 200 metres,’’ she said.

She is also an accomplished athlete and regularly competes in track events including cross country.

Her athletics journey has required consistent discipline and a drive to be the best she can be.

She said it has been a huge journey for her to get to the ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals this year as she had to compete in three triathlons in Tasmania; Kurnell, NSW and Huskisson, NSW to qualify for the Australian team. She also fitted in other athletic competitions along the way such as the Australian cross country championships.

Her focus for 2019 is to try and make the Grand Finals again, despite two big challenges along the way, which include completing her HSC and the fact the competition will be held in Switzerland.

Despite these challenges, she still has high hopes she can do it and is strongly supported in her dreams by her family especially her dad and athletics coach Ben St Lawrence.

“Ultimately I would like to make it to the Commonwealth Games one day. I especially want to focus on doing more triathlons as I really enjoy doing them,’’ she said.

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Posted By CathEd Parra at 27/11/2018 10:25:46 AM

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