Athletics: Triathlon ace Katie has the world at her feet

Katie Webster will be hoping for a strong finish in Canada at the end of this month. Photo: Graham Beardsley.
Katie Webster will be hoping for a strong finish in Canada at the end of this month. Photo: Graham Beardsley.

The countdown is on for a Doncaster athlete after racing ahead to qualify for the 2014 Edmonton ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships.

Katie Webster, 33, will be embarking on the chance of a lifetime to impress on the world stage as she represents Great Britain in the energy-sapping endurance event in Canada.

The Edenthorpe race ace has only been competing for around two years and has gone from strength to strength since featuring for the newly-formed Doncaster Triathlon Club (DTC).

Webster, a freelance typesetter, said: “To gain a spot on the GB age group team at the worlds means, excuse the pun, the world to me.

“It has helped me realise my goals and acknowledge all of the training that I’ve done to date.

“It is also, hopefully, a way of saying thank you to Jono Frary [DTC head coach] and everyone for all they have done for me.

“I’ll be looking to achieve a competitive finishing time at the worlds - a place in the top ten would be amazing.

“Admittedly, this is the first time I’ve competed at this level, so I’m not sure how realistic that target would be.

“But that been said, I will always shoot for the top no matter what I do.”

There’s certainly no rest for Webster ahead of her world challenge on August 29 as she continues to train between 14 and 16 hours a week in all three disciplines of running, cycling and swimming.

She went on: “The world of triathlon is such an amazing one.

“It offers so many opportunities to people of all ages and has helped me achieve so many goals.

“It is hard work but much of it is down to luck and I feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by everyone at DTC.

“Without their support, knowledge, experience and ability to inspire, I know I wouldn’t have achieved half of what I have.”

n DTC offers training sessions six days a week and is looking into forming a junior section next year.

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