A local athlete was handed a massive boost, ahead of a trip down under for the World Duathlon Championships, in the shape of an international call up.
Ruth Wilson, who is competing in Adelaide this week, has been selected for the Great Britian Paratriathlon squad.
Wroot’s Wilson suffers from Parkinson’s disease, but has tasted success both at home and abroad in multi-discipline sport.
And after standing on the podium in Spain earlier this year, her paratriathlon journey began with a bang.
She explained: “After getting bronze in Madrid at the European Duathlon Championships, my daughter Gemma suggested we look into paratriathlon.
“So I got in touch with British Paratriathlon to attend a classification day at Loughborough.
“My Parkinson’s puts me in a PT4 classification, and I took part in the National Championships at Mallory Park where I won gold.
“I also competed at Eton Dorney Paratri series in August where I won the elite race and broke the course record.”
Her performances attracted the attention of a Paralympic legend and national selectors.
“At Eton Dorney, David Weir picked me for his relay team, so I did the swim section for him after my elite race.”
Wilson’s GB selection was confirmed last week, and she’s already got one eye on the biggest race of all.
“This whole Paratri thing is new to me, so I’m not sure what events I will be doing other than the National Duathlon Championships at Windsor in April.
“I made the talent squad so I will be attending training camps and working towards the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. I am hoping I will make the performance team for this but my swim needs a lot of work.”
Herself an inspiration to many, including fellow Lincsquad members, Wilson paid tribute to those she’s now competing against in Paratriathlon.
“Paratri has been a real eye opener,” she said.
“The athletes are amazing and super human.”