Derbyshire nursing sister to represent country in European Triathlon event

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A CRITICAL care outreach sister at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to represent Great Britain at the 2011 Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships in Spain.

Lynn Nesbitt began competing in triathlons three years ago. She has always enjoyed running and someone suggested trying a triathlon. Lynn took part in one and has never looked back.

The mum-of-two qualified to represent Great Britain in the 45-49 age group at an event in Sheffield last year and will wear an official ‘GBR’ tri-suit at the championships in Pontevedra, Spain, on Saturday 25 June.

The triathlon Lynn will be competing in is known as ‘sprint triathlon’ and involves a 750-metre swim in a river, 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

Lynn, 45, from Derby, said: “Finding out I had qualified to represent Great Britain came as a bit of a shock. I’m really excited, but also nervous as it’s the biggest event I will have competed in.”

At Derby Hospitals Lynn is based in the intensive care unit and is part of the critical care outreach team. The team is a successful and effective clinical and educational resource, which extends beyond the traditional boundaries of the intensive care and high dependency areas, to help and support staff caring for those patients at risk of critical illness, those encountering critical illness and those recovering from critical illness.

Ten years ago Lynn was a size 18 and she took up running to lose weight as she believed there was no “quick fix” to her situation. She said not only has she lost the weight, but exercise has helped her cope with the stresses of everyday life. Lynn has worked at Derby Hospitals since 2001 and said she sees the benefits of exercise in her patients. She said patients she treats who exercise often recover much quicker than those who do not.

Lynn said: “I’ve always wanted to represent Great Britain doing something, but I never thought I would do it at my age!”