A South Yorkshire college tutor has competed in the ITU Triathlon World Series in Mexico, repersenting team GB.
Barnsley College sport and public services tutor, Lisa Ballantine, finished the prestigious event with a time of 01:35:53 and raced with some of the world’s fastest triathletes for a chance to be crowned World Champion. 38-year-old Lisa represented team GB with a strong 750m swim, cycled in hot and humid conditions for 20km and finished the race with a 5km run.
Lisa is currently a Level 2 Triathlon Coach and Head Coach at York Triathlon Club. Dedicated to sport, she widely encourages Barnsley College students to get involved in a wide range of physical activities, especially as she regrets dropping out of school sport herself.
Lisa said: “It’s incredible to be given the chance to race with an elite field of athletes and have the opportunity to travel around the world. I, like many girls, dropped out of sport at school as I was uninspired by my PE teachers. This has motivated me to encourage college students to participate in sports, whether recreationally or as a career.”