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Cottam mum-of-three raising money to be part of Team GB in Australia

Posted on - 26th January, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Cottam, Health, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Riversway, Sport
Lizz training while pushing her child. Pic: Lizz Davidson
Lizz training while pushing her child on Preston Docks. Pic: Lizz Davidson

A mother-of-three from Preston is raising funds to be able to represent Team GB in the World’s Sprint Distance Duathlon Championships which is being held in Australia this year.

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Lizz Davidson, from Cottam, qualified in third place in last year’s Worlds Duathlon Championship, meaning she earned a place to represent Great Britain.

The competition is being held in Townsville, Australia in August and with no financial support from British Athletics, Lizz has set up a GoFundMe page to be able to compete with a target of £3,000.

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Lizz completed her first triathlon in 2009 after she lost weight through gym classes and decided to continue her weight loss journey with triathlon training.

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After facing a series of setbacks due to the pandemic and a personal loss when she miscarried in 2017, all whilst looking after her three young children, Lizz continued to train. 

She said: “I was introduced to Triathlon by a group of friends and found my passion for this sport when I did my first super-sprint event in 2009. 

“I’m super grateful to my family and friends for supporting my dream of competing on the international stage – as a working mum of three, I simply couldn’t have done it without them.”

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Lizz Davidson.

Although supported by local sporting suppliers including, Preston Sports Clinic, Jack Parker Cycles, her coach Rav Dighe-Aloha and Nutritionist Nathan Jefferies, Lizz’s preparation is entirely self-funded.

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The money raised will go toward the cost of flights, accommodation, international race fees, insurance, and sports equipment.

She said: “I’m getting up at ridiculous times of the morning to get my training in around my family and work, but this dream of racing is what’s keeping me going and I truly appreciate all the support I have around me cheering me on!”

You can donate to the GoFundMe here.

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