Above and beyond the line of duty

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Sen. Const. Jo Haworth is looking forward to competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Camera IconSen. Const. Jo Haworth is looking forward to competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Credit: Sen. Const. Jo Haworth is looking forward to competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Picture: Jon Gellweiler, Jon Gellweiler

Being fit is somewhat of a prerequisite for members of the police force, but one Australind officer is taking her fitness to the next level.

Sen. Const. Jo Haworth has qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, which will see her travel to Chattanooga in Tennessee, in the United States this year.

The 45-year-old has been competing in half ironman events for about four years after falling in love with the gruelling sport during her first hit out at the Nina’s Women’s Triathlon in Bunbury.

Sen. Const. Haworth said what started out as a way to keep fit had grown into something much bigger. “I did it to keep fit and did my first event at the Nina’s triathlon and just loved it,” she said.

“It started small and it’s gone big.”

Sen. Const. Haworth qualified for the world championships after coming second in her age group at the Bintan Triathlon in Indonesia last year.

She said qualifying came as a surprise.

“I wanted to do good obviously and didn’t think I’d qualify, but hey,” she said.

Sen. Const. Haworth knows the world championships will be a challenge, but she says it is one she is up to.

The event will include a 90km cycle ride, 21km run and 1.9km swim.

It will be her first trip to America and Sen. Const. Haworth said after the competition was over, she would be enjoying Washington, Florida and Walt Disney World with her family.

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