Frenchville Frogs triathletes (from left) Scott Lawton, Kelly Spottiswood and Mick Busby tasted success in the 2011 Australian Championship series.
Frenchville Frogs triathletes (from left) Scott Lawton, Kelly Spottiswood and Mick Busby tasted success in the 2011 Australian Championship series. Allan Reinikka

Recipe leads to national title

ROCKHAMPTON triathlete Kelly Spottiswood has used three key ingredients as a recipe for success on the national stage.

Some sibling rivalry, a hint of deception and plenty of natural ability led to Spottiswood's being crowned Australian champion this week.

The talented triathlete decided to make the most of her natural ability late last year, after being invited by sister Jodie to compete alongside her in the 2011 Australian National Championship Series races in Geelong, Mooloolaba and Sydney.

While she had never thought about it before, Spottiswood said her sister might have planned this all along, after Jodie decided against competing in any of the races.

“She might've set me up. I'd never thought of it like that before,” she said.

Fortunately for the triathlon industry, Spottiswood did compete in all three Olympic distance triathlon events and was named earlier this week the women's 25-29 years Australian National Championship series champion, after consistent finishes in the top 10 in the three races.

She wasn't alone in the winner's circle, with fellow Frenchville Frogs triathletes Scott Lawton and Mick Busby also finishing on the podium in their divisions.

Lawton finished second in the men's 35-39 division, while Busby picked up a silver in the men's 40-44 years division. It was an achievement Lawton believes wouldn't be matched by too many clubs in Australia.

“I'd be very surprised if another club in the country club had three top-three finishers in the series,” he said. “It's pretty good coming out of Rocky.”

All three competitors have recorded qualifying times for the world championships in Beijing later this year. However, Busby is the only one who will be competing, with Lawton and Spottiswood turning their focus towards the Challenge Cairns ironman at the end of May.

Spottiswood ruled out winning the race, insisting her goal was just to finish the gruelling event, which consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride, and 42.2km run.



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