A WALKDEN triathlete is hoping to represent her country at the 2012 Olympics in London after being one of only five girls selected for a prestigious national squad.
Aimee Backhouse is now limbering up to compete at the Games in five years time after being picked for the World Class National Talent Squad.
The squad comprises athletes from 13 to 18 who demonstrate the potential to win a medal at the 2012 or 2016 Olympic Games and meet the selection criteria.
Aimee, head girl at St George’s RC High School in Walkden, is hoping to be involved in the London Games and has been training hard on the track to ensure that she keeps her times up.
She said: "Eventually I would like to compete in the 2012 Olympics or in 2016. I would love to represent my country at triathlon and am still working hard to try and achieve that."
Not content with her success in triathlons, Aimee has already been climbing to the top of the field in cross country, after winning the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park on Saturday, December 8.
She completed the four kilometre course in 16.2 minutes, topping her group of under-17 women.
She said: "I’m normally a triathlete, but the season has finished now so my coach Dave Green advised that I do some cross country to keep me fit. I didn’t expect to win it though!
"I’m hoping to do quite a lot of races this year and am going over to New Jersey to race there too, because I have some family out there."
Aimee came second overall in this year’s Salford Triathlon at Salford Quays, wearing a T-shirt campaigning to keep St George’s open, after it was earmarked for closure under council proposals.
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