Triathlon sisters celebrate success

Torbay Weekly

South Devon sisters Essie and Sammie Amery are looking forward to even bigger things after the best results of their triathlon careers at one of the major meetings of the season in Spain.

Great Britain team member Essie finished second - she might have won without a fall from her bike - in the European Sprint Championships, and Sammie won a major Olympic distance open event over a weekend in Valencia which attracted more than 1.200 athletes.

The pair, originally from Newton Abbot, both teach on the Costa Blanca, which has become a hotbed for the sport, and living there has helped to move their triathlon careers to a new level.

Essie was third in the swim leg of the ladies 35-39 years championship and, after her bike fall, fought back with a trademark strong run to finish second in one hour 7mins 51secs.

That time also saw her finish tenth overall.

She was just over two minutes behind fellow Brit Rebecca Goodwin and a minute clear of third-placed Anna Grizynska from Poland.

"I've been training for this event ever since I qualified six months ago," said former Coombeshead College student Essie.

"It was raining and I slipped off my bike on a drain. It's all a bit of a blur, and I'm still not sure how much time I lost, but I was very happy with my run.

"Finishing in the top-three automatically qualifies me for the 2022 European Championships in Munich (August), so that's my next big target."

Equally talented Sammie, 30, who's been training for longer disciplines, tackled an 'Olympic' distance race - 1.5K swim, 40K ride, 10K run - and won the all-age event.

Essie said: "Sammie did amazingly well, and she will also hope to be picked for GB next season."