Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre teacher, Sarah Paterson, has become a world champion after competing in the World Triathlon Duathlon Championships: GB Sprint Distance Age-Group at Aviles, Spain.
Involving running, cycling and a final run, Sarah secured her first place and gold in the 50-54 British Age-Group in what was probably her best race ever and only her second international appearance, improving greatly from sixth place position previously in the European Champs last year in Punta Umbria.
Said Sarah: “I couldn't have hoped for a better race and with a year of injuries, no one could be more surprised than me, especially with the first run, a personal best of 19.20 for 5.1 km.
“The bike stage was draft legal. I was able to catch a group of younger French and Spanish ladies which helped tremendously as we were able to pull each other on.”
Having bought her first bike five years ago, Sarah qualified for the GB Team last year and was meant to compete in Almere in September 2020 but due to Covid restrictions, this was postponed. Enduring a foot injury which stopped her running, she instead focused her training year on cycling and increasing general strength and conditioning. This paid dividends as she was so much stronger this year for the cycling section.
Headteacher Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “Congratulations to Sarah who has shown tremendous dedication and perseverance through all weather conditions she has remained focused, even through injury she has maintained her focus. She clearly has what it takes and deserves to be a world champion.”
78 medals were awarded to 12 different nations, with Great Britain receiving 24 medals, just topping their Spanish hosts of 22 to claim the top spot in terms of overall medal volume.
Added Sarah: “There were some amazing performances from my GB team mates and such tremendous support from everyone. It was like one big family and a real privilege to be a part of it all."