A Lancashire accountant is hoping to get his calculations right when he represents Great Britain in the Triathlon World Championships in London.
Sam Ashcroft, 19, from Farington Moss, will represent Great Britain alongside Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee at the event which takes place in and around Hyde Park on September 15.
Sam, a trainee accountant at Moore and Smalley in Preston, will be competing in the under 20s category at the televised event after qualifying through the British Championships in Liverpool in July.
Moore and Smalley has provided Sam with £500 in sponsorship to go towards his expenses for the trip to London, which will see around 3,000 international competitors take part in a 1,500m swim, followed by 40km on the bike and then a 10km run.
Sam, who is studying for the AAT accounting qualification alongside training five to six times a week, said: “I have to get up early in the mornings to be at the pool at 6am to work on my swimming and then it’s cycling or running in the evenings while also doing my studies.
“It’s such an honour to represent Great Britain and I’m really looking forward to competing in London on the same course where the Olympics were held.”
Sam, a member of Tri Preston, will be one of 25 youngsters from across the UK representing Great Britain in his age category. His preparations for the event have included a strict diet to help replenish energy levels after long periods of training.
“I have to eat lots of protein and I’ve been eating a lot of fish, such as tuna, which I’m not sure my colleagues in the office have always appreciated,” joked Sam, who attended Priory Academy before studying at Runshaw College.
“All the training means I burn off lots of energy, so I have to eat a lot of food fuel my body. Everyone thinks all I do is eat all day.”
Following the World Championships, Sam intends to train hard over the winter months in preparation for next year’s triathlon event, but remains committed to his studies and a career in accountancy.
Sam, who joined Moore and Smalley trainee scheme in September 2012, is in the course of completing his Level 2 AAT exams and will start his Level 3 studies in September.
He said: “I’ll see what next year brings triathlon-wise, but I’m determined to be successful in my studies too because being a triathlete isn’t a long-term career choice.”