San Sisto College Health and Physical Education (HPE) Teacher, Amy Penberthy recently represented Australia in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam.
Amy has spent the last six years competing locally in the sport, since graduating from high school. “I have always been a lover of running and any type of endurance activity starting back in my days at primary school. When leaving school I wanted to try something that involved running, but triathlons were a little more challenging; which pushed me out of my comfort zone. My sports coordinator at high school was the driving force behind my starting up in the sport. I got to train with her throughout university and I just loved the atmosphere of the training squad – the lifestyle and the enjoyment of both competing and training still provides a thrill for me," said Amy.
“Competing in the ITU World TriathlonGrand Final in Rotterdam was an amazing experience. Just being able to race overseas while representing Australia in my age group was an honour. To be racing in new places while taking in the scenery whilst on course was awesome. Interacting with like-minded people from both Australia and other countries was also a highlight. The atmosphere at the event was great and although you are competing against each other, there is a real sense of team spirit and fun across the entire event. Everyone is there for the same reason, and it was great to meet and get to know athletes from all over the world."
Leading up to the event, Amy was required to compete in five different qualifying races including the Noosa and Mooloolaba triathlons here in Queensland. It was necessary to gain an allocated number of points to make the team. Amy was training for 20 – 25 hours a week to build fitness. “I have always been much more of a lover of training rather than competing, so I love training as much as I can and try to fit it in where possible across my week with teaching and coaching the girls at San Sisto College. Training is a part of my day that I really look forward to – it is not only a time where I can work hard, but also a time where I can socialize and catch-up with friends.
My advice to anyone interested in the sport is to have perseverance and stay committed to get the best out of yourself and your training even when life is busy. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a good thing so enjoy the moment you are in – focus on what you can control and the rest will come."