My name is Rosie Weston and I am a 17 year old triathlete from the Banbury area in Oxfordshire. I originally came from a swimming background, swimming for my local club Banbury Swimming Club. It was only after I entered into my first cross-country race for my school, which I won, that I realized that I could run quite well.

I had friends at Banbury Swimming Club, who competed in triathlons and they suggested that I might like to have a go. My first triathlon was in April 2013, which I came second place in. I then went on to win the East Midland Super Series that year. In 2014 I competed in the Youth Super Series for the first time, which I loved participating in, but found the races very hard.

It was only when, after Blenheim triathlon in 2014, that I was approached by Brian Butler from Natural Ability. He made realize that I wanted to compete at a high level and the only way to do so was to train. Having had no high level training before, having Brian’s input was what I needed to improve in all three disciplines. His valuable knowledge and expertise is helping me start to achieve my dream, to do well in elite racing. I have had to learn the art of patience and now understand that hard and specific training give the results.

Banbury Swimming Club coach Sue Corbett has been a great help in helping me progress in my swimming. My running has now improved with the help of Ros Kelling from Banbury Harriers Athletic Club. I compete in cross-country over the winter months and in March 2015 was 56th out of 273 under 17 women in the Inter-Counties Championships.

I train for approximately 12-14 hours a week, consisting with a mixture of brick sessions, bike rides, swim sets, run sessions and body strengthening exercises. In my spare time, when I am not studying for my A levels, I like to bake cakes and go shopping with my friends. I also like to go geo-caching.

I would also like to give a big thank you to all my sponsors, (who are in alphabetical order), Banbury Swimming Club, Natural Ability, Norbar Torque Tools, WowMe! Design. Of course, a massive thank you to Brian and Annie Butler from Natural Ability for all their time, advice and support, which without, none of this would be possible.

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