Sibford School student, Rosie Weston, found herself standing high on the winners’ podium in May after competing in the 2016 European Triathlon Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.
The 17-year-old was awarded the gold medal in the sprint event for Under-20s after finishing more than one minute ahead of her closest rival.
She completed the 750m open water swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run in one hour, 12 minutes and 35 seconds.
“I was reasonably confident that I could beat the English girls,” said Rosie. “However, the European field was an unknown to me so I was delighted to be able to take Gold. It was very special.”
Rosie’s success is all the more remarkable as she only took up triathlon three years ago. A member of Team Cherwell Triathlon Club, she is trained by Brian Butler from Natural Ability.