A TRIATHLETE is appealing for support of her trip to compete in the World Championships.
Kerry Rough has qualified for Great Britain in her 25-29 age group and has now set her sights on competing in Auckland, New Zealand in October.
However she is hoping to secure sponsorship from local companies to help cover the costs of representing her country.
Kerry, 25, made the qualifying standard for the British team at an event in Chester earlier this month.
She said: “What motivates me is just the sense of achievement in taking part in one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. To be able to compete for my age group for my country is incredible and in no other sport can you do that as an amateur.”
Kerry, of Wren Close, Oakham, is coached by boyfriend Will Kerstein who also qualified for the World Championships but is not planning to compete this year having taken part in other championships in recent years.
Kerry is a member of Stamford Tri Club and as well as getting help from Will also did some winter swimming training with Rutland triathlete Mary Hardwick, who runs Inspire2Tri
Kerry is upping her training to 12 hours a week and fitting it in around a full time job as a sales consultant with publishing company Pearson, she has a busy few months ahead.
She said: “I took part in the World Championships in Budapest in 2010 but didn’t compete last year because of a broken wrist and shin splints.
“This year we’ve been a bit more serious and the aim was to qualify, but I wasn’t going to go. Then I had a change of mind and wanted to go.
“I’ve had some financial support through work which is very good of them, but I am hoping for a bit more support from businesses who may support a local athlete.”
Kerry, who has been competing in triathlons since 2009, has already found the £300 needed for the race fee but needs about another £1,000 to cover accommodation and food costs while she is over there.
Catmose Sports Centre in Oakham has already agreed to help Kerry and given her a full three month gym membership.
Anyone interested in helping Kerry can contact her by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Kerry;s blog at www.kerryroughtri.blogspot.co.uk
l Stamford Tri Club’s Paul Lunn raced the Cowman 2012 Middle Distance Championship in Olney. Paul finished in 4:13:09 coming in sixth overall out of more than 500 and third in his 40-44 age category.
A tricky race due to the appalling weather, transition was completely flooded and the run course was changed at the last minute due to the conditions.