Video: Schoolgirl, eight, competes in triathlon for charity

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A inspirational Sheffield schoolgirl is swapping her school uniform for a sports top to compete in her first triathlon for charity.

Charlotte King, aged eight, is preparing to take part in the Lincoln Tri Kids Triathlon on Saturday, to raise funds for armed forces charity SSAFA.

Charlotte King, eight, who will be taking part in mini triathlon to raise money for SSAFA.

Charlotte King, eight, who will be taking part in mini triathlon to raise money for SSAFA.

The St Mary’s Catholic Primary pupil will swim 50 metres and cycle 800 metres before running 600 metres around a track.

Charlotte said: “I’m excited and really looking forward to it.

“The charity I’m raising money for helps people in the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

“Our armed forces are very brave and the charity helps them and their family when they need it.

“I have raised money for them before. My dad used to be in the Army and so did my uncle. My dad has raised money for SSAFA before and I’ve helped him on stalls.”

Charlotte, of High Green, said she always wanted to have a go at a triathlon after seeing her dad, Stephen, compete in similar events.

And after watching England’s Vicky Holland win gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she asked him to sign her up.

Charlotte said: “After watching my dad do triathlons and watching them on television, I asked him if there was a kids’ one. He said yes and started researching which one was closest.

“I train at the swimming pool in Chapeltown and also run and cycle on the field next to my school with my dad. The biking is my favourite part.”

Stephen, who served with the Royal Corps of Signals, said the whole family was ‘incredibly proud’ of Charlotte.

“I’ve been doing triathlons and Ironman challenges for about five years and Charlotte always comes to watch. She also comes to a lot of Army events,” he said.

“We were watching the Commonwealth Games and watching Vicky Holland in the triathlon and Charlotte said: ‘I would like to do that one day’.

“About 10 minutes later I had found her an event and we’d signed her up.

“We’re so proud of her. She’s really good and I think we’ve got a Team GB athlete in the making!”

Charlotte has so far raised more than £150 for charity. n Visit www.justgiving.com/Charlotte-king12