By Jack Amey
A young girl from Eastbourne is bidding to become one of the best triathlon competitors while raising money for charity.
Sarah-Michelle Clear, 8, said, “Since starting triathlons in May this year I have got the bug!
“Finishing last in my first one was disappointing so I trained and trained to get better.”
Sarah-Michelle enlisted the help of Olympic coach Mark Gregory to help her with her triathlon running as she progressed through different competitions.
Sarah-Michelle said, “I have also been very lucky to receive track and sprint training from Mark Gregory, Olympic coach for the men’s 400m at the 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens) Olympics.
“I owe a lot to my coaches, sponsors and St Andrew’s Prep school and want to thank them for making my first season so successful.”
Sarah-Michelle competed in many events over the course of the season in France, the UK and Thailand.
Her first victory this season came in Southampton, and she followed this up with victory at Dorney Lake, Eton just a month and three races later.
Her victories in Eton and Southampton, coupled with a second place at Trinity School, Croydon and a win in Andover ensured overall victory in the South East Junior Series.
While running, swimming and cycling various distances, Sarah-Michelle is also raising money for Demelza charity.
Sarah-Michelle added, “I want to raise money for Demelza, to help those children that have not had the luck with their health and therefore the opportunities that I have had.”
Along with success in the UK, Sarah-Michelle also competed abroad, in France and Thailand.
Technical problems with her bike while cycling hindered her race in the Chateau de Chantilly Triathlon, France but she still managed to finish a very respectable 10th place.
A few weeks later, Sarah-Michelle was racing in Thailand, where she won in her final race of the season.
Simon Severino, headmaster of St Andrew’s Prep school, said, “We at St Andrew’s Prep are very proud of Sarah-Michelle’s achievements in triathlon this year and wish her the very best as she pursues her passion in the future.”