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The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

TRIATHLON KA­RINA Kauf­mann will be ful­fill­ing a life-long dream when she com­petes at the World Sprint Triathlon Cham­pi­onships in Rot­ter­dam this week­end.

The mother-of-four, who is 36 and lives in East Finch­ley, is rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain.

A keen skier in her youth, Kauf­mann came close to qual­i­fy­ing for the Bri­tish ju­nior ski­ing team. She gained a PhD in Chem­istry be­fore set­tling down with her fam­ily. Tragedy struck af­ter two con­sec­u­tive mis­car­riages and, need­ing some­thing to fo­cus on, she did her first triathlon in 2011 while preg­nant with twins. Kauf­mann showed great pedi­gree and won her age cat­e­gory in only her third com­pe­ti­tion.

“I was in a low place,” said Kauf­mann, “and needed a change of scenery. I’d al­ways wanted to do a triathlon and af­ter a friend did the Blen­heim Tri I de­cided to give it a go. I’m glad I did as I re­dis­cov­ered my love for sport and be­ing out­doors. It helped me find a way to stay sane, with four lovely kids run­ning around the house.”

Since then Kauf­mann has man­aged to find time to com­pete in eight triathlons, of which she has five podium fin­ishes. She qual­i­fied as a per­sonal trainer two years ago and, hav­ing fin­ished run­ner-up in her age group at the 2016 Lon­don Triathlon, she de­cided to try out for the GB team.

Cy­cling com­pet­i­tively for CC Lon­don, Kauf­mann fin­ished in sec­ond place at the Lon­don Triathlon ear­lier this year af­ter rid­ing from Lon­don to Paris in two-and-a-half days.

“My rekin­dled love of the sport has taken me from a very low point in my life to rep­re­sent­ing my coun­try,” she said.

“It’s an hon­our and a priv­i­lege and I hope my story can in­spire other women to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.”

It’s an hon­our and priv­i­lege to rep­re­sent my coun­try

PHOTO: SIMON MARKS

Ka­rina Kauf­mann with her daugh­ters

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