PRETTY IN PINK: Ballina Triathlon Club members Sara Davis (left) and Jo McLaughlin are behind a women-only fundraising triathlon in Ballina.
PRETTY IN PINK: Ballina Triathlon Club members Sara Davis (left) and Jo McLaughlin are behind a women-only fundraising triathlon in Ballina. Graham Broadhead

Ballina mum says triathlon helped pull her from depression

SARA Davis wants to encourage women to have a go at triathlon, and feel the same kind of benefits she has.

The 33-year-old Ballina mum-of-two took up the sport three years ago after she had her second son, and suffered post-natal depression.

Davis had started swimming, but felt like she wanted more.

She got into triathlon without having been the sporty type before - she started by completing small distances in the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running.

"I got involved and got addicted," she said. "Exercise was a big step in getting through post-natal depression."

Davis said she particularly liked the way the sport "makes you feel when you do achieve your goals -it's really good for your body and mind".

When she moved to Ballina, Davis joined the Ballina Triathlon Club and said the social side of the sport was a big part of her enjoyment.

To give women a chance to try triathlon, she has organised a female-only event to be held in Ballina on Sunday.

There will be an "enticer distance" of 250m swim, 13km bike ride and 2.5km run, as well as the standard distance of 500m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

Davis has done well at the competitive side of the sport and will be competing in her age category at the 70.3 World Championships in Austria in August.

The Ballina event will also be a fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation, which supports breast care nurses in regional areas, and to buy therapy aids for the stroke unit at Lismore Base Hospital where Davis works as a therapy assistant.

All competitors are encouraged to wear pink.

The event will be held at Prospect Lake, East Ballina, starting at 7am, with registrations from 6am. Entry costs $20 or $30 for a team of two or three.

Local businesses have provided prizes for things like best-dressed competitor, and a small health expo will also be held.


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