Jeffrey excels at T&T National Duathlon C/ships
Early signs of success suggest that former national squash player, Denise Jeffrey is comfortably transitioning into a world class tri-athlete with a dominant performance last Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago’s National Duathlon Championships at King George’s Park.
And why not, since Jeffrey has produced champions for most of her life as the mother of squash queens, national and Caribbean champions, Kayla and Keisha Jeffrey; squash and go-kart champ
Christian Jeffrey and wife of motor racing ace, Kevin Jeffrey.
The matriarch of literally a local sporting dynasty participated in the Sprint Duathlon, which had a 5km Run, 20km Cycle Race and 2.5km Run, and won her age group, placed second among the participating women, and 11th overall in the race in the Twin Island Republic.
Jeffrey participated in the 40-49 age category among 46 individuals and told Kaieteur Sport in an interview yesterday, following her return to Guyana, that the dual-sport event is mere preparation for a more grueling Triathlon attempt later this year in Canada.
“My performance was beyond my expectation. I know I would finish, but I did not know I would do so well,” Jeffrey said, adding that she only had two weeks prior to departure to prepare for the event, which ranks among the most difficult in sport.
Renowned fitness trainer, Aubrey Bryce of Enduro fame, prepares Jeffrey’s programme that was, and continues to be, implemented locally under the guidance of Top End Performance Training Systems, Kezqweyah Yisrael and acclaimed bodybuilder, Sylvon Gardner.
“The experience was good. I know what to expect next time around. I was overwhelmed while I stood there between all those fit athletes of all ages,” she continued, stating that for brief periods she overcame doubts to complete the race with a top performance.
Jeffrey related that she received tremendous support throughout the race in Trinidad with Kelvin Johnson, one of Guyana’s distance-running stalwarts, among those in her corner while there. She said that cycling was her strongest discipline of the Duathlon and looks forward to continued and sustained improvement as she prepares for the Triathlon. (Edison Jefford)