Top cit­i­zen gets ‘ic­ing on cake’

TRIATH­LETE AND NURSE RECOG­NISED FOR HER EF­FORTS

Comment News (Gosnells) - - News - Pia Hook­way

TO say for­mer Ce­cil An­drews Col­lege stu­dent Re­nee Baker is busy is an un­der­state­ment.

The pro­fes­sional triath­lete and part-time nurse fell in love with her sport 10 years ago, en­joy­ing the chal­lenges of jug­gling train­ing with her phil­an­thropic work and pro­fes­sion.

Ev­ery day there are at least two train­ing ses­sions, morn­ing and night, cou­pled with shift work as a theatre nurse.

“I guess you can just say I’m su­per or­gan­ised,” Ms Baker said.

Three years ago, Ms Baker’s hard work paid off when she qual­i­fied for pro­fes­sional sta­tus in triathlons.

She gained spon­sor­ship from Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy WA and be­came in­volved with Liv Cy­cling, an ini­tia­tive en­cour­ag­ing women in sport.

As re­cently as last week, Ms Baker came third in the Na­tional Stan­dard Dis­tance Triathlon Qual­i­fy­ing Race and last year ranked in the world top 40 triath­letes.

“I just fell in love with triathlons,” Ms Baker said.

“For the past three years, rep­re­sent­ing MD and en­cour­ag­ing women and girls into sport and triathlons has be­come my pas­sion.”

Away from the track, the Wil­son ath­lete is a com­mit­ted nurse who works in orthopaedics and has trav­elled in­ter­na­tion­ally in aid con­voys to help peo­ple in de­vel­op­ing na­tions.

“I have vol­un­teered in Tan­za­nia for six weeks, work­ing with plas­tic sur­geons to help peo­ple with cleft palates and burns,” she said.

“That trip changed my life and I would love to go back, but I haven’t got the chance to yet.”

At the City of Can­ning’s Aus­tralia Day event, Ms Baker was recog­nised at the City’s Cit­i­zen of the Year for her ef­forts to ex­pand the num­ber of young women and girls who par­tic­i­pate in triathlons.

“I was not ex­pect­ing the award, I thought they had the wrong num­ber when they called,” Ms Baker said. “But it is a great recog­ni­tion for some­thing I am so pas­sion­ate about and it is the ic­ing on the cake.”

Re­nee Baker re­ceives her award from Can­ning Deputy Mayor Lind­say Hol­land.

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