MALMESBURY’S Amy Bentley says she is looking forward to testing her wits against the best in the world as she heads over to Rotterdam for the ITU World Triathlon Championships on Sunday.

Initially Bentley had no interest in the sport and only started running five years ago before a work colleague introduced her to triathlon.

The 35-year-old, who now competes around eight times a year, qualified for the championships after she finished second in her age category in a qualifying event in Llandudno.

“Because I came second in my qualifying event, I knew that I had automatically qualified,” said Bentley.

“The British Triathlon Federation choose three events to be qualifiers and you can go to one or all three, it’s up to you, then two weeks later they send you an email to confirm.

“It was a pretty tough, you just have to see how you do when you turn up on the day.

“I had never been sporty, then I tried running a few years ago.

“Then I started swimming after I got my eyes lasered and I love it now, I couldn’t stop because I liked it too much.”

While over in Holland, the Flying Monk Triathlon member, who has also qualified for next year’s European Championship in Glasgow, says she doesn’t want to put too much pressure on herself whilst at the competition.

“I found out there are 69 competitors in my age group. That is quite a lot so I would love to just come in the top half, if I can,” she added.