Caitlin aims for Queens­land af­ter triathlon shift

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT - Matthew McIn­er­ney Matthew.McIn­er­ney@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

CAITLIN Har­ring­ton has only taken triathlon se­ri­ously for 12 months but the 14-year-old may be in line for a huge year.

A former dancer, touch foot­ball player and gym­nast, Caitlin shocked her­self with sen­sa­tional re­sults at the Su­per Sprint Race Week­end at Run­away Bay in De­cem­ber.

She fin­ished sev­enth over­all in the six-event com­pe­ti­tion, which in­cluded a 1500m run, cri­terium, two duathlons, a triathlon and an aquathlon.

While her strong­est leg has al­ways been the run, proven by her third-placed fin­ish in the 1500m, Caitlin said she was work­ing with dad and renowned lo­cal coach Brian Har­ring­ton to im­prove her swim and bike.

It’s part of her plan to qual­ify for and rep­re­sent Queens­land’s triathlon team. She will have an op­por­tu­nity to achieve that goal when Her­vey Bay hosts the Queens­land School Sport Triathlon Cham­pi­onships on

Fe­bru­ary 15-17, and she is putting in long hours to make it a re­al­ity.

She cur­rently com­pletes about 16 hours of train­ing per week, most of which is at the swim­ming pool or on two wheels.

A weekly trip to Her­vey Bay Parkrun en­sures her run, in which she has knocked off more than six min­utes to be one of the fastest lo­cal women, con­tin­ues to im­prove.

“Parkrun is one of my run­ning ses­sions of the week,” Caitlin said.

“I’m usu­ally one of the first women home.

“I’ve got to im­prove swim­ming and get stronger on the bike as well. Do­ing more swims has def­i­nitely helped but (the goal is) putting in 100% ef­fort to get bet­ter at swim­ming and bik­ing. I’ll fo­cus a bit more on triathlon but cross coun­try, I like it. It’s good to do and get bet­ter as well. If I im­prove a lot I could get a bet­ter place this year.”

PHOTO: ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

BIG GOALS: Triath­lete Caitlin Har­ring­ton, 14, wants to rep­re­sent Queens­land 2018, as well as smash the cur­rent Parkrun record.

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