Horder Healthcare physiotherapist Gemma Freeman has been selected to represent Great Britain in the ITU World Triathlon championship next month.
Gemma, 30, who is being supported by Horder Healthcare for the event, will complete a 1.5k swim, a 40K cycle and a 10K run in the 30-34 age group in Rotterdam on 17th September.
She was selected for the team after taking part in an event at Arundel in July, just three months after competing in her first triathlon in Steyning.
Gemma, who works as a senior physiotherapist at The Horder Centre, has always been sporty and played a lot of football until a year ago when an old neck injury flared up.
She decided to give triathlons a go, though had never really swum competitively until she joined the Brighton Triathlon Club where she began training.
Gemma said: “I was really delighted to be selected for the team. I’m really looking forward to it and am just going to see how it goes for my first national event.”
Gemma is now training seven to nine times a week while ensuring she eats a diet that includes a balanced mix of protein and carbohydrates.
As a physio, she knows better than most about proper preparation and was careful to build up her training gradually from week to week.
She said: “I always make sure I do a good warm up and cool down before training and I also do a weekly gym session to work on my strength. I make sure I have a regular sports massage too. One thing that’s really important is that I always listen to my body and if I get any niggles, I get them looked at straight away.”
Gemma, who joined The Horder Centre in 2011, has a specialist interest in musculoskeletal and sports injury rehabilitation.