TRIATHLON New South Wales has called her an up-and-coming star, but on Sunday talented teenager Amy Robinson showed that she already has star qualities.
The 14-year-old took out the honours in the women's short course race at the Bathurst Wallabies Triathlon Club's Christmas round, leading from her opening strokes in the pool all the way to the finish line.
Though it was the first time that Robinson had claimed a victory in Bathurst, it added to her already impressive string of results in the sport.
Given her potential the Orange native was included in the inaugural Western Region Academy of Sport's triathlon squad this season and has been competing in Billigence Pathways Series. She's racing against and learning from some of the best juniors in NSW and the ACT.
"It's first time they've had this squad, so it's good to be part of that," Robinson said.
"I am learning a lot with them, it's definitely a lot more competitive but I am really enjoying being able to learn off my two WRAS coaches as well as my home coach and I can then use that for inter club."
If her effort on Sunday was any indication, Robinson certainly will be one to watch in the Central West Inter Club Triathlon Series.
She completed the 300 metres swim leg in a time of 5:41, emerging from the water more than a minute clear of her closest rival. It proved the training she has been doing in the pool is working.
"It's the one that I've been working on the most, so it's good to see those results coming through," she said of the swim.
Robinson backed that up with a 29:50 split for the 16km cycle then ensured she stayed in the lead by peeling off the fastest run split of the women's short course competitors - an 11:29 for the 2.5km.
It meant that Robinson, the youngest competitor in the race, was also the fastest overall as she claimed victory in a time of 1:01:36.
Alexandra Banner, on the back of an excellent cycle leg, claimed second in 1:03.31 with Belinda Smith third in 1:05.17.
After a period of racing against her fellow teens, Robinson said she enjoyed being part of a field which saw an age spread of 37 years.
"It's actually really nice because it shows you can do triathlon at any age and that any age is welcome," she said. "I just really like the community with triathlon, the friendships you make and the positive vibes."
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