Army cadet gearing up to take on the best in the world

Kayleigh Adams and her mum Clare Wookey EMN-140722-100049001
Kayleigh Adams and her mum Clare Wookey EMN-140722-100049001

A teenager who is preparing for the World Championships for Sprint Triathlon is living the life of a professional athlete as she trains around the clock to be ready to take on the rest of the world.

Kayleigh Adams, aged 18, who lives in Deeping St James, and is a member of the Bourne section of the Lincolnshire Army Cadets, said: “I’m training to the best of my ability to be ready for the World Championships for Sprint Triathlon in a month’s time.”

Adams is training six days a week to ensure she is ready to take her place in the under 20s Great Britain team for the race in Canada this August.

Adams qualified for the world championships at a competition in Nottingham held on May 31.

She completed the 750m open water swim in just over 11 minutes, the 20km bike ride in 34 minutes and the 5km run in just over 22 minutes.

Her overall time was 01.10:12 placing her sixth in her age group but third in those that were trying to secure a place in the team.

Adams said: “My training involves pool swimming as well as open water swimming, cycling and running.

“I know the pressure is on now with so little time until we travel to Canada so I am concentrating dedicated training time on each of the sports involved, as well as trying to raise sponsorship to help fund my travel to Canada as we have to pay for this ourselves.”

The World Championships are set to be held in Edmonton, Canada on August 29.

Reflecting on Kayleigh’s success to date, her mum, Clare Wookey, who is also an adult volunteer with Lincolnshire ACF, said: “I am so proud of the hard work that Kayleigh has put into her training.

“It is a tough challenge to be good over three disciplines but she has embraced the challenge and always gives it her best.

“This ethos has been a life skill that Lincolnshire ACF has helped her achieve over the six years that she has been a cadet.

“We are also very grateful to a number of individuals and companies that have also believed in her potential and have helped us to raise funds to ensure that Kayleigh can take part in these championships. I am humbled at the support that we have received.”

Adams added: “I am training very hard in the run up to the World Championships as I really want to do well both for myself and all those that believe in me.

“I am so lucky to have the support of my mum, Spalding Triathlon Club, my coach Judith Brand from Dr J Coaching and Bike Fitting as well as the financial support from Bourne Councillors, the ACFA and Totemic in Grantham.

“I am hoping to do some further fundraising activities over the summer at the local Primary Schools and Leisure Centres by talking to children about the benefits of working hard in sport.

“Sport for me has opened up so many doors and I would encourage anyone to get fit and take up a new sport. It has been so good for me.”