NORTHWOOD triathlete Sky Draper celebrated in style as she became London champion in the Elite Youth category on Saturday.
Thirteen-year-old Sky cart-wheeled over the finish line in London's Docklands, after winning an event she needed special permission to enter, as she is still well short of the 15-16 age range for youth competitions.
As usual in triathlon, the first task facing Draper was the swim, 400m in the waters of the Royal Victoria Docks, where there was always the danger of rough tactics by older teenagers in the field.
However, the Riverside Club competitor stayed clear of trouble to clock 5.53 and emerge from the water in second place.
The long transition phase in and out of the London Excel Centre, including a run up a flight of stairs was safely negotiated, and it was on the bike Draper built a winning lead, powering around the 10km course in 18.01.
Just two and a half kilometres of run stood between Draper and the title of London champion and she never looked like surrendering her 53 second advantage.
In fact, she pulled even further away from her rivals, to win in a time of 37.07.
Victory gave the teenager double reason for celebration, as she has been selected to represent London at the UK Junior Inter-Regional Championships in Wales in September, where she will compete in the 13-14 age group.