Despite a difficult lead-up to the School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships, Ella Walsgott performed admirably at the event across Sunday and Monday.
Walsgott was struck with tonsillitis in the weeks prior, forcing her to stop training for several days.
But Walsgott was determined to compete against the best young triathletes in Australia, and pushed through the setback to perform well.
"I did not too bad, I wasn't at my best," Walsgott said. "But I did alright. I think I came in 22nd overall."
Walsgott did particularly well with the swimming and the cycling legs of the event, the two aspects she has been working hard to improve.
"Probably cycling is the one I'm trying to improve on," she said. "It wasn't too bad this week."
Walsgott was also honoured with a leadership with her team before the tournament. She was appointed one of the vice captains of team Victoria and lead from the front with the intermediate girls team.
"It was a good opportunity, I enjoyed it," Walsgott said.
"It was especially good because I don't live in Melbourne. Most of the other captains are from there."
Wallsgott said she was now moving on to several cross country events in the coming weeks to help her keep improving.
Walsgott's mother Katie said she wasn't sure if Ella would be able to compete in the build-up to the event.
"At one stage last week her coach said to me that he wasn't sure she could even race," Katie said.
"It's really bad timing, but you can't pick when you get sick. She still managed to race and there are a lot of positives to take from it ... she did really well considering the circumstances."