A YOUNG Lyme Regis woman has swiftly graduated from borrowing her mum’s shopper bike in order to compete in her first triathlon, which she won, to now competing alongside Olympic stars the Brownlee brothers.
Florence Swan, aged 19, is on the verge of qualification for the GB Under 23 squad for elite racing in the International Triathlon Union.
In the 2018 season, Florence definitely saved “the best till last”, rounding off with three cracking races, culminating with her best result in the last race of the Triathlon Super Series and finishing 7th at the U20s Festival.
However, while swimming costumes and running shoes are reasonably affordable, Flo needs help to fund a decent training bike, which is estimated to cost £2,500.
The fundraising drive is being spearheaded by the Lyme Regis & Uplyme Sports Development Trust, founded by the late Paul Messer.
The trust supports local promising sportspeople, both to fulfil their potential and encourage them to share their enthusiasm and dedication with a goal to inspire other youngsters.
Current projects include sending a talented local cricketer to Australia, for intensive training and playing with Melbourne club, Deepdene Bears, and supporting a new Under 16s girls’ football team.
The trust has recently been strengthened by the appointment of Sarah Clark, joining local sports veterans Martin Rowe and Philip Evans MBE, and businessman Justin Tunstall.
The trustees feel that Flo’s potential deserves their assistance and have already been successful in raising money towards the bike. However, additional donations are needed and would be gratefully received via Lyme Regis & Uplyme Sports Development Trust, care of 1 Charmouth House, The Street, Charmouth, Dorset DT6 6PF.
Further details can be obtained from chairman of the trust, Justin Tunstall, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org