More rea­son to tri

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By CAITLIN TILLER

TRIATH­LETE Re­nee Baker is no stranger to 5am starts and trains for up to six hours a day to pre­pare for com­pe­ti­tions.

The Clare­mont res­i­dent’s cause for her cur­rent strin­gent train­ing regime is closer to her heart, with an event on May 2 to raise money for the Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy Foun­da­tion of WA (MDFWA).

Af­ter team­ing up with Triathlon WA, MDFWA will host its third Triathlon For Some­one Who Can’t as part of a Bus­sel­ton Ironman com­pe­ti­tion.

Along with other en­trants, Ms Baker will swim 1.9km, cy­cle 90.1 km and fin­ish with a 21.1km run along the Bus­sel­ton coast­line.

Ms Baker said as a nurse, she had treated pa­tients with mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy and had seen the ef­fects first-hand.

“We can be quite self­ish in sport – what with train­ing, rac­ing, travel – so some­times you kind of forget about real life,” Ms Baker said.

“I’m priv­i­leged to have the op­por­tu­nity to give back and raise money for mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy.”

Ms Baker said she trained for 20 to 25 hours per week, some­times at Clare­mont Pool, Cottes­loe beach and Bold Park.

“My off-sea­son is com­ing up soon and that’s about two weeks off but for the rest of the year, train­ing and com­pe­ti­tions are a full-time job,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to MDFWA, mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy is a hered­i­tary con­di­tion that pro­gres­sively weakens mus­cles and af­fects more than 20,000 Aus­tralians.

MDFWA chief ex­ec­u­tive Hay­ley Leth­lean said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was ex­cited to have highly re­garded lo­cal ath­letes as am­bas­sadors.

“We are grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity pro­vided to us by Triathlon WA and we look for­ward to making the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Bus­sel­ton a sig­nif­i­cant fundrais­ing suc­cess,” Ms Leth­lean said.

The event raised $35,000 for MDFWA last year.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d446650

Nurse and elite triath­lete Re­nee Baker is com­pet­ing in a triathlon for mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy in May.

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