LESMURDIE triathlete Hayley Lewis has her sights set on representing Australia in the future as she prepares for her first big national event in Penrith later this month.
The St Brigid’s College student has been selected for the School Sport WA Triathlon team to compete against the best teenagers across the nation in the School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships.
Lewis said she was a relative newcomer to the sport but wanted to compete in the Commonwealth Games one day.
“My first race was in 2016 for the school sport triathlon while I was in year 7 and I participated in the race just for fun,” she said.
“From that experience I believed that triathlon would be the right sport for me so I started training with F4L/Phoenix tri club with the help of my coach Paul Jones.
“Since I could swim, cycle and run, I found that triathlon would be a great way to stay active and to have an enjoyable time.”
Lewis said she faced many challenges ahead of the championships.
“I have been training at least once or twice a day, working hard and striving for the best,” she said.
“I have also done some minor comps to help me practice my transition work and also to have the experience with other people.
“Even though this is my first big race I’m not going to let that get in my way from being the best I could possibly be.”
The competition runs from April 23 to 27.