A PE teacher from LVS Ascot excelled at the European Triathlon Union event at Weymouth earlier this month in an amazing race spanning over 140 miles.
Whilst all of the LVS Ascot staff eat, sleep and breathe their subjects, Anna Murawska took that to the extreme on 13th September when she participated in one of the ETU Iron Distance Triathlon events which are staged in many countries around Europe and attract crack competitors from all across the continent.
An iron distance triathlon consists of:
· 2.4 mile swim
· 112 mile bike ride
· 26.2 mile run (a whole marathon!)
With over 7% of the 429 competitors failing to finish, Anna’s achievement in finishing 5th in her age category was particularly impressive, and she finished 31st overall in the women’s race. Last September she won a silver medal at the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in China.
Anna said: “The Weymouth race was extremely tough due to the conditions on race day. The sea was rough and the wind picked up on the bike and run, so I was relieved to complete the final lap of the run and down in to the finishing chute”.
Such is Anna’s dedication to sport that after seven hours of teaching at LVS Ascot she still puts in two hours of training each day, and up to eight hours at weekends prior to a race. Anna’s pain is LVS Ascot’s gain as she is able to pass on helpful advice and training tips to budding athletes amongst its pupils. She added: “I do try to encourage students in their PE lessons to become more fit and healthy, although I am not sure some of them can comprehend how far an Ironman is!”
Her expertise has already helped reap rewards across all age groups at the independent, all-ability school as in January the swimming team from LVS Ascot, ranging from 8 years old to 17, won an amazing 19 medals at the ISA National Swimming Finals held at the London Olympic swimming pool. Anna said: “Our school indoor pool is a huge help to ensuring the team can train on a regular basis, but even more important is their attitude and how we can inspire them to be enthusiastic about sport. My triathlon competitions are a great way to emphasise that if you set your mind on something you can achieve it, no matter how hard it may seem”.
LVS Ascot has already had students representing Great Britain at rowing, England at rugby and a World Champion kickboxer in recent times, and with Anna Murawska’s expert supervision a champion triathlete may not be far behind.