Elise is rid­ing to­wards the top

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

Young triath­lete Elise Salt has leapt straight to the top of her sport.

The St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege stu­dent only took up triathlon just over a year ago but has al­ready made her mark at a na­tion-wide event.

She won the na­tional un­der-14 girls ti­tle at Lake Kara­prio last month in a time of 41m 48s.

The course, tai­lored to the com­peti­tors’ age, con­sisted of a 350m swim, 11km cy­cle and 3km run.

“I was ex­hausted but happy as well,” she says.

The va­ri­ety of­fered by triathlon en­ticed Elise to take it up.

“I like do­ing more than one sport so I don’t get bored of just do­ing the one thing.

“Some­times I like one part and then it changes. When it’s cycling sea­son, I want to go harder at cycling, but you still have to keep up the run­ning and swim­ming.”

The Ep­som res­i­dent is well equipped for triathlon’s three el­e­ments af­ter com­pet­ing for her school in each sport through in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion.

But the tran­si­tion be­tween each stage of the race is some­thing that’s taken a lit­tle more get­ting used to.

“You have got to have your shoes al­ready clipped into your bike.

“Also the swim can get quite feisty be­cause every­one is still to­gether as a group so you have to be quite ag­gres­sive.”

De­spite her suc­cess, Elise, 14, isn’t sure whether she will pur­sue triathlon be­yond her time at secondary school.

“It might be hard to han­dle uni­ver­sity and triathlon,” she says.

And triathlon isn’t the only multi-sport event Elise has had suc­cess in.

She claimed first place in the ju­nior girls sec­tion of the Auck­land Secondary Schools Duathlon Champs ear­lier this month.

St Cuth­berts Col­lege sports co­or­di­na­tor Paul Mon­ney says a mix­ture of hard work and men­tal tough­ness is the rea­son Elise has ex­celled de­spite her lim­ited triathlon ex­pe­ri­ence.

“She’s just a com­mit­ted trainer who pushes the lim­its all the time,” he says.

“The more hills in a run, the hap­pier she is.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Multi-tal­ented: St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege stu­dent Elise Salt won the na­tional un­der-14 girls triathlon ti­tle in April.

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