Family legacy leads to victory

Race ready: Erin Wooldridge is following her family legacy as Australia's number one 13 year old triathlete. Picture: Simon Bennett
Race ready: Erin Wooldridge is following her family legacy as Australia's number one 13 year old triathlete. Picture: Simon Bennett

Erin Wooldridge is only 13 and she is already one of Australia’s top up-and-coming athletes.

The Kirkham Meadows resident recently tackled the The Australian Junior Series triathlon event and came in first place, making her the Australian champion of her age group.

“It felt absolutely amazing to win,” she said.

“I put in 110 per cent effort, so it meant everything to come in first place.”

Erin completed a 400 metre open ocean swim, a 15 kilometre bike ride and a three kilometre run to win the event.

She finished five minutes before the second place winner.

“Triathlons make me happy,” she said.

“Every time I finish a race I just want to do it again, again and again.”

Erin has been competing in triathlon’s since she was nine years old.

Her mother Carol and sister Ella have also successfully competed in triathlons in Australia and overseas.

Mrs Wooldridge said she was proud of both of her daughters.

“They train together and get stronger together," she said.

“They always support each other at the finish line.

“Erin only recently qualified to race in triathlons and she is already one of the best in Australia.

“We always knew she had the potential.”

The Wooldridge family are active members of the Macarthur Triathlon Club.

“The club really encourages youngsters to get out there and have a go,” Mrs Wooldridge said.

Erin takes the time to train every day, sometimes twice a day, for up to 10 hours a week.

“My favourite part of the triathlon is the run because I started out running cross country,” she said.

“I also used to play hockey, then when mum got into triathlons we did as well – I love it.”