Our spotlight athlete of the month is Pippa Hill. Pippa has been training and racing with us since 2016.
Name: Philippa Hill
Age: 9 (race age 10)
First Tri: Captain Kids Triathlon in Galveston, at the age of 7, because I wanted to try something new.
Favorite part of triathlon: Bike (she can RIDE!!!)
Favorite color: Green
Favorite school subject: Reading
Other sports you play: Volleyball and swimming
Hidden talents: Spelling
Favorite race so far: USAT Youth and Junior Nationals 2017 (Ohio)
Favorite athlete: Billie Jean King
Favorite triathlete: My Dad
Ultimate triathlon goal: Top 10 at Nationals
Future career goal: Editor
What else do you want people to know?
My dad has done more than 100 marathons and has done the Boston Marathon 5 times (soon to be 6). He has also completed 12 Ironmans.
Pippa not only has a ton of natural ability, but also has the drive to work hard and improve. She will finish a drill or set at practice and ask what she can do to make it better next time.
She also has a great combination of intellect and athleticism. I have found her reading a huge novel before a race, bookmark it, go race hard and win her age group, and then play and have fun right after. She is a prime example of what we want in youth athletics... motivated, enthusiastic, and knows how to be a kid at the same time. I can't wait to see what the season holds for her!