A Birmingham accountant has proved that triathlons are not too taxing by qualifying for the world championships.

Adele Grassby, aged 30, who works for the city centre office of Mazars, will represent Britain in the sprint triathlon world championship on the Gold Coast, Australia, in September.

A member of the Birmingham Running and Triathlon Club, Adele, of Kings Norton, was chosen for the championship by finishing third in a recent qualifying race in Northampton.

“I am really excited about going to Australia – it is the opportunity of a lifetime and a real honour,” said Adele.

A sprint triathlon involves a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

As an amateur, Adele, who is a tax consultant, has to fund her own flights and accommodation but is being given some financial support from Mazars, whose Birmingham office is in Lancaster House.

”I swam for GB as a junior so I realise how difficult it will be to compete against representatives from other nations – especially the Americans and Australians,” she said.

Adele completed her first triathlon in 2007, two weeks after buying her first racing bike, but still won her age group and was second in the overall event.

The world championships take part from September 9-13.