LEEMING local Daniel Kempson says the experience gained from his first international triathlon meet will set the platform for his future endeavours.
The 15-year-old recently travelled to New Zealand to compete at the OTU Triathlon Oceania Youth Olympic Games qualifier and Junior Oceania Championships.
“Being one of the youngest in the race of 50 juniors ranging from 15-18, it was always going to be tough,” he said.
“My goal was to enjoy the experience of racing at the highest level as a junior and hopefully gain the one spot on the Youth Olympic team.
“The racing was super tough and although I didn’t get that one spot I had a great experience and came away with many lessons learnt.”
The Kennedy Baptist College student, who trains with the South Lake Dolphins and Veris Racing Team, closed out the season with the Australian Schools Triathlon Festival in Sydney at the end of April.
Illness kept him from competing in the individual race on day one but he recovered to be part of the mixed relay team event on day two, where Kempson’s WA squad finished fifth.