Star local triathletes shine in Penrith

Leahy Twins

As the home of the Hell of the West its no surprise that we’ve born a few star triathletes.

Last week, both Elle and Zoe Leahy took part in the School Sport Australian Triathlon Championships in Penrith and had some outstanding results.

They went head to head with each other, and with athletes from across the country in the 17-19 year old competition.

Elle took out second place with a time of 1 hour and 2 minutes and Zoe came in just over two minutes after for a commendable sixth.

“It was really good,” said Elle, “I came third last year so to go one better made me really happy.”

“It’s rewarding that months and months of training has paid off.”

They raced in the Sprint Distance Triathlon; completing a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

Elle says both her parents are very proud and were cheering from the sidelines, but she had one thing on her mind.

“There was about 25 in the race; I was a bit nervous racing them all, but I knew I had only a few competitors really that I had to be focussing on so I knew who I had to beat.”

She says she’s always been a keen runner and swimmer, so all it took was a little practice on the bike.

And now she’s looking towards the next competition.

“Out of school ITU racing is what I’ve got into this year; I’m still in under 19s so my aim is to make the Australian team,” she says.

Both the Leahy twins took out the 2015 Junior Sports Award at the local Australia Day awards and their performances are both befitting of the honour.