Taieri College pupil Jayne Beattie (17) will compete in an
International Tetrathlon Exchange in Australia as a member of
one of New Zealand's first teams at the international event.
Jayne and her four Queenstown-based team-mates departed for
Perth on Saturday in preparation for the three-day event that
involves swimming, shooting, horse riding and running,
starting on July 17.
''It will be pretty cool,'' she said.
The intermediate event will be her first competitive
tetrathlon. Her experience in equestrian events is the main
reason for her selection.
Having previously competed at nationals as a member of the
Otago-Southland eventing team, she was asked to join forces
with the tetrathlon team about 10 weeks ago to compete in the
Jayne said the horse-riding leg was her strength, and she had
been doing a lot of swimming training because it was her
The competition is points-based; each team member is required
to swim as many lengths as possible in four minutes, shoot a
target from 10m in four seconds, compete in a horse-riding
derby, and run 3km, all over a three-day period.
They will compete against teams from England, Ireland,
Canada, the United States and Australia.
''There will be a bit of adrenaline competing with other
countries,'' she said.
After completing all of the events, each team's points will
be tallied to find an overall winner.
Miss Beattie said it was all very new to her.
''I have never even held a gun before in my life before this
event,'' she said.
Her team, made up of Lisa Milliken (17), Ellie Nesbit (18),
Emma Milliken (21) and Anna Nesbit (22) will spend two weeks
training and sightseeing with the other international teams
before the competition starts.
Jayne said tetrathlon was popular in England and Ireland, and
hoped her team could bring it to New Zealand.
She also said she was very grateful for the ''generous
support'' she received from Taieri College in the build-up to
After the exchange the team will travel to Christchurch to
talk about their experience at the New Zealand Pony Club
- Bridget Rutherford