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Rising From Studies To World Stage

When Charlotte White decided to enter the Shrewsbury Sprint Triathlon in September 2018, she intended for it to be for fun, having purchased a bike in June, little did she realise the scale of the adventure that she was embarking on.  She recalls: “I did minimal training other than a bit of general running, exploring Shropshire on my new bike and even venturing to the public swimming session, to check I was still operational.”

To her surprise, she achieved a podium position of third place against what Charlotte considered to be a strong field. She recalls being amused when Sam Mountain, who is a Coach for SYTri (Shrewsbury Triathlon) and Amphibian Triathlon Coaching, asked her who she trained with. “At this point I hadn’t paid any attention to the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) rule book, was blissfully unaware of what T1 and T2* meant, nor did I know the difference between a surfing wetsuit and a swimming one. I literally had no gear and even less idea!”

Not surprising when the 26 year old, had spent the past ten years tied to academic studies. She graduated from Harper Adams University in 2015 with a 2:1 degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. In 2016 she joined local firm Balfours and embarked on more exams, becoming a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers and in 2017 gained Chartered Status as a Rural Surveyor, member of the Rural Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Exams out of the way, Charlotte was now looking to redress her lifestyle balance with what she thought was a bit of light relief. “I have been competitive from a young age and it is something I am yet to grow out of, much to my parents’ frustration!” In her early teens she was a county swimmer for Essex, with her principle event being 50m and 100m breaststroke, while simultaneously competing two horses, one at equivalent of county and one at national level.

Shrewsbury Triathlon triumph,(Sept 18) ultimately led to Sam taking her under his wing in January this year, and geared her up for her first Standard (Olympic) distance European qualifier event scheduled for Southport in May 2019. “I took my trusty second hand road bike which felt rather insignificant when racked next to the pimped-out TT brigade. I’m pleased to say I have since invested in a tri suit, a wet suit and elastic laces; slightly more gear and as much idea,” Charlotte muses.

Nonetheless Charlotte produced a credible third place, automatically qualifying her for Team GB at the European Standard Distance World Championships to be held in Tartu, Estonia in 2020. Now driven by success, she entered her next race which was the Leeds Castle, standard distance World qualifier in June. Charlotte swam, cycled and ran to another euphoric moment when she automatically qualified for the World Triathlon Championships, being held in Edmonton, Canada in 2020.

Coach Sam reflects: “it is always a pleasure to coach a keen, dedicated athlete who is new to the sport and who is a quick learner and driven to succeed. Charlotte ticks all of these boxes and has adapted well to structured training and balancing this with her work life. As in all things, if one wishes to succeed, they have to dedicate a significant part of their life to that ambition, making a lot of sacrifices along the way.” Managing partner of Balfours, Rory Galliers endorses his sentiment adding: “We are immensely proud of Charlotte’s achievements; her ability to think outside the box is a major asset, not just in sport, but at work too.”

Charlotte says: “Triathlon is a sport which I had not planned to fall into and is therefore one which I had very little understanding or appreciation of, as to the costs involved both financial, physical time and the science in the background. In this time my appreciation for any athlete has grown, unfortunately my bank balance has not!”

For her the final piece in the jigsaw is to find sponsorship, she has just secured support from TORQ who produce high quality and mainly organic fitness fuel, recovery and hydration products and is lobbying for further additional sponsorship.

She adds: “Whilst I am at the very start of what I hope will be a long and successful career in the sport, I appreciate that I am yet to prove consistency, however, everything I do I give 110%. My message to others who, because of studies or work, have lost touch with the lifestyle balance is to tap back in, not only will you be happier, healthier and more focused in the workplace, you never know where else it might lead.” 

Charlotte credits her recent triathlon success on being involved in the local Shrewsbury Triathlon Club, drawing from knowledge and experience provided by coach Sam Mountain, quality and researched nutritional products from local firm TORQ and having unlimited access to the Castle Country Club for strength and conditioning. 

Follow Charlottes progress, trials and tribulations on Instagram and via her recent Blog detailed below!

Fact file:

  • *T1 – Transition from swimming to cycling
  • *T2 - Transition from cycling to running
  • Triathlon sprint distance: 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run
  • Triathlon standard distance: 1,500 swim, 40km cycle and 10km run
  • TT – Time Trial Bike

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Charlotte running

Charlotte medals

Charlotte finish run

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