School girl triathlete makes a splash with new wetsuit

Fourteen year - old triathlete Danielle Elliott of Thornhill School (right)  with fellow athletes Sarah Norman 17, and Katie Cummings 17, in their wetsuits at Thornhill School pool.
Fourteen year - old triathlete Danielle Elliott of Thornhill School (right) with fellow athletes Sarah Norman 17, and Katie Cummings 17, in their wetsuits at Thornhill School pool.
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SPLASHING the cash has helped a talented pupil carry on her sporting achievements.

Thornhill School dug deep to buy a new wetsuit for Year 9 pupil, Danielle Elliott, to help with her training as a triathlete.

Patrice Barron, a teacher at the school, said: “Danielle is very dedicated to her sport. She gets up early most mornings to train for at least an hour before she comes to school and trains again after school.”

The 14-year-old, who is on Thornhill’s gifted and talented register for sport, is hoping to make a name for herself as a triathlete.

Mrs Barron said: “While representing Thornhill at the Sunderland schools inter-schools athletics competition she was spotted by a scout from Sunderland Harriers who approached her and asked her to sign up and train with the club. She tried this out and loved it so much she stayed.

“In a typical week Danielle runs about 25 miles around the Sunderland area with the club in all kinds of weather. She also swims 70 lengths a day in our pool too as part of her training.”

The school was happy to provide the £135 for a new wetsuit. Ken Barnes, the secondary school’s swimming instructor has also helped Danielle with her fitness training and healthy diet plan.

Taking part in triathlon involves three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running and the teenager’s parents have already bought a specialised bike to help improve her performance.

Danielle, who recently won Thornhill’s own triathlon, said: “I’m really grateful to my parents and Thornhill for the support they give. Having a proper bike and a wetsuit will definitely help me to improve my time and performance.”

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