World cham­pion joins Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

EDGE­WA­TER para­triath­lete Sally Pil­beam has been cho­sen to help carry the Queen’s Ba­ton through the City of Joon­dalup next year.

The world cham­pion ath­lete is one the lo­cals se­lected to be part of the re­lay ahead of the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games in April.

Ms Pil­beam had her right arm am­pu­tated in 1999 when she was aged 21 af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with syn­ovial sar­coma, a rare and ag­gres­sive cancer. In 2014, she won gold at the World Triathlon Se­ries in Canada.

“It re­ally is a huge hon­our for me to be a part of the Queen’s Ba­ton Re­lay,” she said.

“For me, run­ning and be­com­ing a world cham­pion has been such a jour­ney; I made the de­ci­sion af­ter I lost my arm and then had chil­dren to get back into some­thing for my­self.

“It wasn’t easy at first and there were ob­vi­ously huge men­tal bar­ri­ers and also phys­i­cal chal­lenges to over­come, but I re­ally en­joy it.”

Ms Pil­beam al­ways en­joyed swim­ming but said it took time be­fore she felt con­fi­dent to re­turn to the wa­ter.

Movem­ber Foun­da­tion com­mu­nity am­bas­sador Craig But­ter­worth and Sor­rento Surf Life Sav­ing Club life mem­ber Chris­tine Cougan, both of Marmion, will join Ms Pil­beam in the re­lay af­ter it reaches the City on Fe­bru­ary 25.

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