Pocket rocket looks to nationals
BISHOP Druitt College student Tenielle Stubbs believes that all-round improvement over the past 12 months was behind her claiming the All Schools triathlon title last week.
Competing at Penrith’s International Regatta Centre, Stubbs jumped out of the water after the swim leg in fifth position but worked her way towards the lead on the 10km bike leg.
The 13 year-old could’ve opened up a big lead during the middle leg but concentrated on conserving energy so she wouldn’t fade toward the end of the race.
“I felt pretty strong on the bike but I had to save myself for the run,” Stubbs said.
Considering the talented youngster trains twice a day there was plenty of fitness to call on when the final run leg came around.
“I do a swim session in the afternoon and maybe a run in the morning or the bike as well as transition training,” she said of her routine.
Tenielle started competing in triathlons four years ago because her father and brother were with the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club at the time.
She quickly fell in love with the sport and when the family connection stopped competing, the pocket rocket wasn’t deterred continuing to race.
With the state title under her belt, all efforts are now being pointed toward the upcoming national championship being held in Redcliffe.
“I’m hoping to finish in the top six,” she said.
“I’ve been a reserve before but I’ve never been to nationals before.”