Keynsham sisters fundraising to compete in triathle for Team GB in Florida

Published on: 07 Oct 2016

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Two sisters from Keynsham have qualified to represent Great Britain at the World Triathle Championships in Florida this month.

The event will see Ellie and Georgia Gussey go head to head with other young athletes in shooting, swimming and running contests after they both finished in the top five in their age groups at the British Championships in July.

Both Ellie, 15, and Georgia, 12, train with Keynsham Amateur Swimming Club as well as Bath Pentathlon Club, which was set up by dad Andrew to help local youngsters get into the sport, with four from Keynsham now off to the US.

Despite the sisters’ success in qualifying, however, it wasn’t certain the girls would be able to travel to the US because of the costs involved – around £6,000, including entry fees and kit. But, said Andrew, family and friends convinced them it was an opportunity not to be missed and they began fundraising.

He said: “Family and friends have been amazingly supportive, giving us raffle items, helping us spread the word and then suggesting we set up a Gofundme webpage, where even people we don’t know have donated. Then we were lucky enough to receive £1,000 from Gofundme themselves as they pick so many causes a month and make a donation.

“We have been humbled by how generous people have been.”

The family have been selling raffle tickets with prizes including a shirt signed by cyclist Mark Cavendish, items donated by cricketer Joe Root and a Bath Rugby signed shirt – with local cycling club Salt and Sham and Keynsham Cricket Club both inviting the family along to offer tickets to members.

“The girls do a lot of competitions so they are taking it all in their stride at the moment,” Andrew said.

“They will be nervous on the day but at the moment they are really excited about going to Florida.”

The event takes place from October 21-23 and to find out more about Ellie and Georgia’s fundraising drive, visit www.gofundme.com/Worldtriathle  

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