Orange teenager Amy Robinson wins Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club women’s short course Christmas race | Daily Central West

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TRIATHLON New South Wales called her a rising star, but talented teenager Amy Robinson on Sunday showed she already has star qualities. The 14-year-old took top honors in the women’s short course in the Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club Christmas round, leading from her first strokes in the pool to the finish line. Although this was Robinson’s first time to win a Bathurst victory, it added to his already impressive streak in the sport. Given her potential, the Orange native was included in the inaugural Western Region Academy of Sport triathlon team this season and competed in the Billigence Pathways series. She races against and learns from some of the best juniors in NSW and ACT. “It’s the first time they’ve had this team so it’s good to be a part of it,” said Robinson. “I’m learning a lot with them, it’s definitely a lot more competitive but I really enjoy being able to learn from my two WRAS coaches as well as my home coach and then I can use it for the interclub.” If his effort on Sunday was any indication, Robinson will certainly be one to watch in the Central West Inter Club triathlon series. She completed the 300-meter swim stage in 5:41, coming out of the water more than a minute behind her closest rival. It proved that the training she took in the pool is working. “It’s the one I’ve worked on the most so it’s good to see these results come in,” she said of swimming. Robinson backed that up with a 29:50 run time for the 16km cycle, then made sure to stay in the lead by knocking out the women’s short course short course run time – an 11:29 for the 2.5 km. This meant that Robinson, the youngest competitor in the race, was also the fastest in the overall standings as she took the win in 1:01:36. Alexandra Banner, after an excellent cycling stage, was second in 1: 03.31 and Belinda Smith third in 1: 05.17. After a period of racing against her teenage comrades, Robinson said she enjoys being part of a field that has seen a 37-year age gap. “It’s actually really good because it shows that you can do triathlon at any age and that any age is welcome,” she said. “I really love the community with the triathlon, the friendships you make and the positive vibes.” Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: