Kelly Spottiswood is in preperation for the next triathlon event at Tannum Sands.
Kelly Spottiswood is in preperation for the next triathlon event at Tannum Sands. Sharyn Oneill

Kelly has rivals on the run

KELLY Spottiswood came to the realisation 18 months ago she had talent and thought she might as well try to get the most out of it.

Growing up in Rockhampton, Spottiswood was a talented junior runner and swimmer, who until recently was coasting along and not pushing herself to her limit.

Having been introduced to triathlons by younger sister Jodie a couple of years ago, Spottiswood was initially attracted to the sport because she enjoyed it.

“I still do it because it's fun, but about 18 months ago I realised I could go quite a bit faster than I was, so I probably decided to put a bit more effort in,” she said.

Today, she is striving to reach her potential and, while she has competed at the World Championships in the past, has set herself a goal of qualifying for the 2011 Triathlon World Championships in Beijing in September next year.

To do so she must register qualifying times in the 2011 Australian Championship Series Races in Geelong, Mooloolaba, and Sydney early next year.

While her run and swim legs are her strengths, Spottiswood said work needed to be done to ensure she qualified.

“I've got some improving to do, especially in the bike leg,” she said. “It's probably the most important leg.

“It's the one that you spend the most time doing.''

It has been seven weeks since the Rockhampton local competed on the regional triathlon circuit, after the wet weather forced the cancellation of the last Tuckers Cycle Inn 2010-11 Series race in October.

In her last start she was a comfortable winner, finishing nearly six minutes ahead of her nearest competitor, Melissa Close, but is expecting some tough competition at Tannum Sands, especially from fellow Rockhampton competitor Kelly Davies.

“She's a lot stronger in the bike than I am,” Spottiswood said.

“I should beat her in the swim, but she's strong on the bike, so then it'll come down to the run and how much ground I'll have to make up after the ride.”

Spottiswood thrives on the competition and enjoyment she gets from the sport and is hoping this weekend's round-five race at Tannum Sands will bring out the best of the region.

“Hopefully there will be a lot more competitors at Tannum,” she said.

“It's usually one of the biggest races in the series. There are a lot of people from Gladstone and around there who are into triathlons that can't make it up to the races at Rydges (in Yeppoon).”



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