Illawarra Academy of Sport athlete profile: Brooklyn Henry

Brooklyn Henry

Triathlon talent: Illawarra Academy of Sport 2017 Triathlon Athlete of the Year Brooklyn Henry. Photo: Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Triathlon talent: Illawarra Academy of Sport 2017 Triathlon Athlete of the Year Brooklyn Henry. Photo: Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Illawarra Academy of Sport 2017 Triathlon Athlete of the Year

Brooklyn is a promising 14-year-old triathlete from North Nowra and a member of the Jervis Bay Triathlon Club.

He was introduced to triathlon at the age of 9 by his father Josh, a triathlete in his own right, who qualified for this year’s Hawaiian Ironman.  Brooklyn gets great inspiration from his father who he regards as his favourite athlete.

“I don't really have a favourite professional athlete. If I had to have one it would probably be my dad,” he said.

Brooklyn continues to excel in triathlon and in each of the three disciplines of running, swimming and cycling.

“I don't really have a favourite professional athlete. If I had to have one it would probably be my dad.

Brooklyn Henry

With the high training demands for a sport like triathlon, needing to train in three disciplines, Brooklyn has not only achieved consistent results in his triathlons, but he has also achieved academically, receiving several A’s at school.

The Year 8 Nowra Anglican College student is determined to become a professional athlete, however he has plans to ensure he can meet the life demands after sport.

“Beyond school I would really like to become a professional triathlete but if I don't make it in that career I’d like to go to a university and study something that I’m interested in,” he said.

In 2017 Brooklyn has won the Husky Enticer Triathlon, Callala Enforcer Triathlon and was crowned Age Champion at the NSW All Schools Championships.

He went on to represent NSW at the National Championships and finished 10th in Australia.

Brooklyn was also a member of the NSW All Schools Cross-Country team.

“I love the sport of triathlon and feel as though I have developed greatly because of my involvement with the IAS throughout this year,” he said.

“My physical and mental development has benefited from education sessions and the various training sessions.”

Brooklyn has now capped of a great year by gaining selection into the NSW Triathlon Talent Identification Squad for 2017-2018.

ABOUT THE IAS

Established in 1985 and the pioneer for the regional Academy model in Australian sport, the Illawarra Academy of Sport is a not-for-profit sporting organisation that exists to provide localised training and education opportunities for talented young athletes, coaches and administrators across the Illawarra region.

It provide athletes with the programs to develop, excel and achieve through sport while maintaining strong community ties.