Caitlin aims for Queensland after triathlon shift
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.”
BIG GOALS: Triathlete Caitlin Harrington, 14, wants to represent Queensland 2018, as well as smash the current Parkrun record.