Emma Walton and Ben Batten prepare for the Stanthorpe Australia Day Triathlon.
Emma Walton and Ben Batten prepare for the Stanthorpe Australia Day Triathlon. Gerard Walsh

Pair keen to tri

EMMA Walton has traded year 12 textbooks for a pair of goggles and a bike as she prepares for her first triathlon at Stanthorpe this morning.

Walton, 17, graduated from The Scots PGC College last year, and is currently enjoying a gap year before starting a wildlife biology course at the Gatton campus of the University of Queensland next year.

During the holidays, she has swum most days at WIRAC in preparation for her first triathlon.

Warwick Swimming Club member Ben Batten, 17, is also competing in the individual triathlon, which starts with a 400m swim at the Stanthorpe pool, then a 10km cycle and finally a 4km run.

Walton reckons the run will be her weakest leg.

"My knees are not for running," she said.

She has not set a target time for the triathlon other than a hope she can swim 400m inside five minutes.

"I want to do my best, this is a starting point for me," Walton said.

Batten has applied to join the Royal Australian Air Force and hopes to be in training in Wagga later this year.

His main triathlon training has been in the pool but he has cycled 20km in training in 50 minutes.


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