Teenager Adams set for her international debut

Bourne triathlete Kayleigh Adams.
Bourne triathlete Kayleigh Adams.
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Deeping St James teenager Kayleigh Adams has made a big impression since taking up the triathlon.

The 18-year-old, who attends Bourne Academy, had never tried the three-discipline event this time last year but is now preparing to represent Great Britain at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships.

Adams, a cadet with the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF), will compete in the Under 20 age group in Canada at the end of August.

Adams, whose first triathlon came last July, was selected for the British team after impressing in a qualifying event in Nottingham.

The Spalding Triathlon Club member said: “I turned 18 on the day after it was officially announced that I had secured my place to go to Canada and it really was the best present I could ask for.

“I’ve worked really hard for this and words can’t express how over the moon I was to make the team.”

Adams, who took up competitive swimming at the age of 13, first took an interest in the triathlon in 2010.

That was when she watched her mum, Clare Wookey, compete in her first triathlon to raise money for charity and thought it was something she would like to try.

Adams tackled her first triathlon at Woodhall Spa in July last year over a 400m swim, a 24k bike ride and a 5k run.

Despite only learning to ride a race bike a few weeks earlier, she finished second in her age group in 1.22.07.

She went on to win her age group at the Southwell Triathlon two months later.

With two more triathlons under her belt, she travelled to Holme Pierrepont in Nottinghamshire for last month’s qualifier.

She finished sixth in her age group but, with three of those ahead of her not looking to go to Canada, she was selected for the British team.

Adams completed the event – held over a 750m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run – in 1:10.12 and will now compete in Edmonton, Canada on August 29.

Having also won her age group at the Spalding Sprint Triathlon, things could hardly be going better for the talented teenager.