Lucy Minns is off to represent Team GB the World Championships
Lucy Minns will be representing Team GB in this year’s International Triathlon Union Multisport World Championships.
The 23-year-old, who is a PCSO stationed at Bishop’s Stortford police station in Basbow Lane, will be in action in Pontevedra, Spain from April 27 until May 5, taking part in the aquathlon comprising a 400m swim and 5km run.
Minns won a place in the Duathlon European Championships, which take place in Romania in the summer, before setting her sights on a spot at the worlds.
And after a mere two-and-a-half weeks of training, she headed to Brentwood for the qualifier.
“I started swimming every day,” she said. “It was intense, but it was good and obviously worth it.”
Proud parents Lisa and Paul travelled down from Lancashire to cheer her on. And her mentor, Police Inspector Chris Hunt, who is a triathlon coach, was there to support her and his 18-year-old daughter Annabel, who was also in the race.
Minns knocked 30 seconds off her personal best in the swim and she was the first-placed novice.
She was also the third female overall, thus winning herself the world championship place.
Minns is now in the midst of an intensive training programme put together by Insp Hunt.
She goes for a swim every day at Grange Paddocks, goes for daily runs and cycle rides, goes to the gym and has completely changed her diet to encompass the best nutrition for a budding triathlete – an abundance of carbohydrates and protein.
“I like to train hard,” she said. “I’m so excited, I can’t wait to order my team GB kit.
“Once I’ve done these two, it will pretty much be the season over. Once I’ve done them I’m gong to have a good week off, but I’d like to try a triathlon.”
Her coach Insp Hunt is delighted by his young protégé’s achievements.
“I’m very proud of Lucy,” he said. “It’s a bit of teamwork between us to get her to push herself into this international arena.
“I think this is just the start of her longer sporting career. I’d like her to go more elite if I can. The hard work is just starting.”
The hard work is not only the training side of the aquathlon coin as competing in the Multisport World Championships is not cheap. The entry fee alone costs £115 and the Team GB kit comes to just under £300. Then Lucy also has her flights and accommodation to pay for.
As a result of this expenditure, Lucy is appealing for sponsorship. Any local businesses or individuals who would like to make a contribution towards her outgoings can email Lucy.Minns@herts.pnn.police.uk.