Triathlon: Wroot’s Wilson eager to have world at her feet

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An inspiration athlete battling Parkinson’s Disease fears her dream of competing in the World Duathlon Championships in Australia may not come true due to a lack of funding.

Race ace Ruth Wilson, 45, has been using the sport of triathlon to help cope with the debilitating effects she experiences from Parkinson’s.

And her determined attitude has helped her to qualify alongside the world’s finest triathletes for next year’s Australia championships in Adelaide.

However, Wroot woman Wilson fears she may not be able to compete without the help of financial backing.

“The opportunity to compete in Australia would be a dream come true, but realistically without some financial support, I doubt I will be able to make the trip,” the Tesco worker admitted to the Bells.

“Ever since I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease three years ago, I have used sport as a coping mechanism for the effects of the disease and I had no idea how far I could go.

“I would really love to travel to Australia and line-up against some of the best athletes in the world while I am still able to.

“I don’t know how long I will be in a position to compete at this level so I want to make the most of every single opportunity that is thrown my way.

“The timeline of this disease is different for every individual, but for now I feel great and want to inspire as many people as possible to not give up on their dreams.”

Willing sponsors will be helping Wilson to afford flights and accomodation. She is also hoping her daughter Gemma can make the trip to aid her in her daily treatment for Parkinson’s.

“It would be amazing if I could get some support from local businesses and people in the Isle of Axholme, Doncaster or Rotherham areas. I have grown up in this area my whole life and it would give me that extra drive to know that the community is behind me and supporting me,” she added.

Wilson is due to compete in Australia in October of next year.

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