WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Bundaberg's Jodie Brighton with her medal after winning the 25-29 category at the Hell of the West triathlon event.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Bundaberg's Jodie Brighton with her medal after winning the 25-29 category at the Hell of the West triathlon event.

Brighton wins national title

LOCAL teacher Jodie Brighton cannot wait to take on the world in September in the United States.

After winning the national and state title in the 25-29 year old category at the Hell of the West triathlon in Goondiwindi, Brighton will now represent Australia at the long distance triathlon world championships in Oklahoma on September 24 to 26.

Talking to the NewsMail, the Bundaberg Christian College teacher said she didn't know about the win until she crossed the finish line.

"I didn't see anyone in front of me so I actually didn't know if I won or not," she said.

"When I asked my coach how I did I was pretty excited when he told me I won."

Brighton added the running leg helped her secure the win.

"I guess the good thing about triathlons is that I am a good runner," she said.

"After a slow swimming leg I was able to overtake most of my competitors and I felt comfortable in the last two legs."

For Brighton this is her third year of competing in triathlons and added it was a bonus to head to the United States after the win.

"It's good to be going to a world championship," she said.

"I've got a lot of training to do to prepare for the trip."

Brighton wasn't the only Bundaberg triathlete competing with six others involved.

Sue Phillips was second for age group 50-54 with Kephren Izzard third and Dwayne McKay 10th in the men's 35-39 category.

Finally, Sherry Ey and Delise Lutz finished seventh and 13th in the 45-49 category with Troy Austin 17th in the 30-34 men's event.



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