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Member Stories - #TriLikeMe Emily Burton

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Multisport isn’t always about getting your next PB or qualifying, sometimes there are very different reasons people compete.

I used to be a swimmer, getting up at 6am to train before school, but I was never the best. I did well at school cross-country and my PE teacher suggested that I give triathlon a go. I did my first triathlon aged 15 and immediately fell in love with the sport. I shocked myself by finishing second and realised that despite it being an individual sport there is a huge community feel.

Having been admitted to A&E with meningitis I soon got fed up with the white walls and decided that I was going to make the GB Age-Group team and channelled all my emotions into getting back into triathlon once I was allowed out. Whilst doing my A-Levels I was back training and after 10 months of hard training I qualified for the team! That first international race was the toughest of my life but to cross the line and see my parents made all the pain worth it.

Through triathlon I have achieved more than I could have ever dreamed of and have met some of the most amazing people and made incredible friends. My advice for someone to #TriLikeMe is to try not to be nervous and enjoy every minute of it!

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