She’s only 14, but Erin Wooldridge is already an Australian triathlete champion.
Last year, the Elderslie High School pupil tackled the The Australian Junior Series triathlon event at Adelaide and came first, making her the Australian champion of her age group.
Erin has now added to that milestone by being declared the latest winner of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s monthly Sports Hot Shot award.
She wins $500 to help her family expenses as she blazes a trail through the triathlon competition circuit.
“Big thanks to the Catholic Club for having faith in me,” Erin said.
The Kirkham Meadows resident easily knocks over a 400 metre swim, a 15 kilometre bike ride and a three kilometre run.
“Triathlons make me happy,” she told the Macarthur Advertiser after her win.
“Every time I finish a race I just want to do it again, again and again.”
She hopes to follow in the footsteps of other homegrown stars such as Natalie Van Coevorden and Erin Densham.
And talent runs in the family.
Her mother Carol and sister Ella have also successfully competed in triathlons in Australia and overseas – and Ella was named as a Catholic Club Sports Hot Shot in 2016.
Another younger sister, Mia, is already making her mark as a runner.
Mrs Wooldridge said she was proud of her daughters as they train together and get stronger together.
The Wooldridge family are active members of the Macarthur Triathlon Club, train every day, and compete in local events such as the Camden Anzac Run.
Erin praised her coach, Guy Creber – “he has been more than a coach”.
Her many achievements include Age champion and overall (all ages champion) in the Elite Energy Port Stephens triathlon in Enticer distance, and 2017 NSW 13-14 year old All schools triathlon champion out of 107 athletes.
She is also part of the NSW triathlon identification squad.
The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sportspeople to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month. It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter, just click here and share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘Sports Hotshot’. Every month the Club will Award $500 for the best entry. Stories don’t just have to be around sporting achievement. It could be about participation, overcoming personal adversity or you may have had your own ‘Steven Bradbury’ moment where you had an unexpected win against all the odds.
Entrants must live in Macarthur and the nominating parent must be a member of Campbelltown Catholic Club.
Sports Hot Shot must be 21 years of age or younger. Management’s decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If you’re not already a member and want to take part in this program, you can join Campbelltown Catholic Club membership for as little as $8 per year.
Article and Photography by Jeff McGill