Triathlete Willmott is honoured to represent Team GB in Canada

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Rachel Willmott has said she is honoured to be representing Team GB after qualifying for the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Canada next month.

The former Farlington School pupil achieved qualification by taking the bronze medal in the age group British Triathlon Championships in Nottingham, in May.

Her fine result has also seen her gain qualification for the age group Sprint European Championships in Geneva next year.

Willmott has only been competing as a triathlete for three years after a successful junior career as a squash player.

The former England player is currently focused on next month where she will compete in the 25-29 age group at the sprint triathlon in Edmonton.

The 26-year-old said: “I am extremely excited to be competing for Team GB in the forthcoming World Sprint Age Group Triathlon Championships.

“I will also be competing in Geneva next July in the European Age Group Sprint Championships.

“Having turned to the sport a couple of years ago after years of playing squash at world and European junior level, it is an honour to again compete for my country and I am relishing the challenge.”

Willmott spent all her junior sporting career as a national squash player.

Her impressive record in the racket sport has seen her crowned a seven-time national champion at every age level and represent England at both world and European championships.

She took up triathlons just three years ago and has achieved successes at both the Arundel and Steyning sprint triathlons this year.

While currently living in St Albans, in Hertfordshire, where she is a family solicitor, Willmott still competes mainly in West Sussex and has family in Horsham.