Sue’s aiming to rise above the rest

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION: Sue Pugh will be representing Great Britain in the World Triathlon Championships

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION: Sue Pugh will be representing Great Britain in the World Triathlon Championships

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RAF Physical Training Instructor, Sue Pugh is set to represent Great Britain in the World Triathlon Championships, which are held in Beijing, in September.

Based at RAF Honington near Bury St Edmunds, Pugh competes in the discipline which requires incredible levels of endurance, as a typical race will consist of a 1,500-metre swim, a 40km cycle with a 10km run to finish.

Her outstanding achievement of representing her country has been secured after fantastic performances in her age group over the past 12 months.

She finished fourth at the European Championships in Pontevedra, Spain, in June and is now hopeful of a good finishing position in the forthcoming World Championships.

“It wasn’t until 20 minutes after the event whilst collecting my bike from transition that I discovered where I had finished. said Pugh, reflecting on her recent success in Spain.

“I couldn’t believe it, I was hoping for a top 20 finish, so to achieve fourth position was truly amazing. This performance has proved to me that after such a short time in the sport of triathlon that I have so much more to give in terms of races and performances”

A full-time servicewoman in the RAF, Pugh dedicates many hours per week of her own time to train and prepare for these high profile competitions against many athletes who are in full-time training.

“It is not easy balancing a career in the RAF with performing as a International athlete, she said.

“However I get tremendous support from everybody at RAF Honington and so I try not to think too much about the advantage that full-time athletes have”.

Pugh works extremely hard to ensure that the two demands stay in balance and has carved out an exciting career choice in the RAF.

She has honed her skills as an Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor and this has proved extremely useful when treating and advising injured service personnel as well as in her own injury management.

The cost of competing in Triathlons around the world is an expensive undertaking and Sue is always keen to attract sponsors to help her in her pursuits on the world stage.

Any businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor Sue can contact her on 07977 190414 or at pugh_sue@hotmail.com