Triathlete Billie at National Championships
Some people are just born athletes, you can see it in their style. Year 10 student, Billie Mincham, is one of those people, who makes running look so easy and effortless. Billie isn’t just a runner, she’s a swimmer and a cyclist, combining these sports as a triathlete. She recently competed in two major competitions, the X-Adventure Off Road Triathlon in Dunsborough and the Super Sprint National Championship on the Gold Coast.
How did you go in the competitions?
At the X-Adventure I placed first in the Junior section, and I was the second female overall. At the Super Sprint, I placed 11th in the final.
What do these events involve?
The X-Adventure involved an ocean swim, beach trail run and an off-road bike ride. The Super Sprint was six races over three days. These involved combinations of pool swims, track running and riding on a bike criterium track.
What were the highlights for you?
At the X-Adventure it was being able to race off road, while at the Super Sprint competition, I loved having the opportunity to travel and race against the fastest girls in Australia.
What does your training involve?
I swim four times a week at Bicton Pool. I run twice a week and do two bike sessions. My bike session on Saturday is a ride from Canning Bridge to the Kalamunda Hills and back (70kms). I’m motivated to train hard by being part of my training group where we all work hard and enjoy each-other’s success.
How long have you been competing?
I’ve been competitively running since Year 4. My first triathlon was the X-Adventure in 2016, when I was 9 years old. I love all the opportunities it brings and all the places it takes me.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by Aleisha Wesley who was recently selected for the world games duathlon in Birmingham. Aleisha is part of my training group. She inspires me because she trains very hard and always has the right attitude.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us Billie. We can’t wait to see what you do in the future.