"Without GO TRI I would have never made it across the English Channel"
After marshalling at Portsmouth Triathlon in 2013, I left feeling inspired but thinking that this was something that I could never do, so I pushed it to the back of my mind.
I then saw the Hilsean Lidos GO TRI Aquathlon advertised locally. I went and I was bitten by the triathlon bug. After my first GO TRI Event, I attended some training sessions ran by the same organiser as the Aquathlon, Paul Smith. He gave me so much support, advice and tips and he made it fun to attend the sessions. I made many new friends during these sessions and we all supported each other.
Alongside the training, I still attended GO TRI Events and improved my swimming, cycling and general multisport events. I then took part in the Portsmouth Triathlon, which was my first open water swimming event, despite having a fear of open water.
Due to my fear of open water swimming, mainly due to fish, I wanted to attend the open water swimming group but injury stopped me from doing this. Throughout this time, I continued to attend GO TRI events, which have been amazing and I have improved so much.
GO TRI helped me conquer my greatest challenge of swimming in one of the largest bodies of open water, the English Channel. I swam as part of a relay team and wouldn't have been able to achieve this without GO TRI.
My aim for next year is to take on a IRONMAN 70.3 and many more GO TRI events.