Gabby Horner’s intensive training regime has brought her success at the British Triathlon selection at Loughborough University last weekend.
Gabby age 14, who is in Year 10 at King’s Rochester, surprised both her parents and teachers when she put herself forward for selection at the event, which brings together the best Youth and Junior Athletes in the UK.
Inspired by London 2012, Gabby has committed herself to her sport, training after school and at the weekend. She trains at least once a day, seven days a week and has recently added pool training before school.
This is Gabby’s first season as a Youth and she was competing against 54 athletes from across the UK, some of whom were in their second season at Youth level. Gabby smashed her swimming personal best by 20 seconds, coming in only 1.04 seconds behind 1st place. She started T1 with keen determination and had an outstanding ride, entering T2 in 27th place and finished the event overall in 32nd place with a performance both Gabby and her parents are very proud of.
Success at the weekend has earnt Gabby a national ranking and a place in the British Triathlon Elite Youth Super Series 2017, which is a gateway to European and World competition.
Gabby is a member of Medway Tri, a recognised club by British Triathlon which won the National Top Club Award in 2016. Their athletes carry the GB vest while competing and train to a comprehensive schedule supported by a committed coaching team led by Dean Ratcliffe. Her coaches have full confidence in Gabby’s ability and Mike Hebden, Director of Sports at King’s Rochester believes “Gabby embodies the essence of sport at King’s. Her passion and ambition shine through and I know this is just the beginning of a great Athletic career”