Deeping St James teenager Kayleigh Adams has secured a pre-qualification place for the World Championship for Sprint Triathlon in Chicago next year.
The 18-year-old from Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force travelled to Canada last month with her family to compete in the competition in which she was a part of the under-20s Great Britain team.
Adams was confirmed ninth in the world in her category and was the first British and European athlete to finish.
She said: “I am so proud to have represented my country at this amazing event.
“I have learnt so much about myself and I was so chuffed to be the first British athlete home.
“I trained really hard in the run-up to the event and that training has paid off.
“I was so nervous on race day but once the horn went to signify the start of the swim my focus was all on being the best that I could be.
“Considering I only started triathlon just 13 months ago, I am amazed at how far I have come.
“I really want to work even harder over the next 12 months. My aim is the podium next year, but for the week or so that I have left in Canada, I am enjoying the cookies, peanut butter and pancakes!”
Adams returns to Bourne Academy to complete her A- levels. For long-term sponsorship, e-mail kayleighadams firstname.lastname@example.org.