Katie Crowhurst (pictured right) an A Level student at The Henley College won the Commonwealth para-triathlon gold last Sunday in Birmingham.
At The Henley College, Katie is studying A Level PE, Geography and Environmental Science. Before the pandemic Katie was swimming for Great Britain internationally. Katie is partially sighted and competed with her guide Jessica Fullagar in only their second race together to win gold.
“When the lockdowns happened pools were closed so it meant I couldn’t get the swim training in I needed. Therefore I did more running and cycling to keep up my fitness along side some open water. With this I found I really enjoyed all three sports and so I went through the process of looking at triathlon. With the amazing support around me I found a love for the sport through the opportunities given. Around November 2021 I made the difficult decision to step down from the Para Swimming World Class Programmes and make a switch to triathlon,” explained Katie.
Leading up to the Commonwealth Games, with the support of her coaches and family a training plan was put together to really prepare Katie for the race in Birmingham. Katie said, “With the incredible support I’ve been given I’ve been able to move my training forwards in each of the three disciplines. My training included having multiple hours in the pool with Wycombe District Swimming Club and an open water session each week with Evo Tri Club. I also had a track session each week supported by Maidenhead Athletics Club. Then individually I have done my own training on a turbo and treadmill to enhance my performance.”
Katie passed Jessica Tuomela from Canada who was leading in the third of four bike laps and then pulled clear all the way through the 5km run to take the tape. Katie exclaims, “Crossing the finish line as Commonwealth Champion with Jessica as my guide was an absolute dream. I finally felt like my hard work had paid off and that I had done everyone proud. Looking forward I have multiple races including the World Championships In Abu Dhabi near the end of the year and my ultimate goal would be set towards Paris 2024 Paralympics! I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience in triathlon so far and I’m excited to see where it will take me.”
The Henley College on Katie’s win tweeted, “We are all so proud of you Katie, you are truly inspirational!”