Fegg Hayes-born Great Britain triathlete Jacqui Slack has held a fundraising event at Fenton Manor to sponsor her Triathlon World Championship Tour ticket.
The 32-year-old is the fourth best in the world and is aiming to raise £6,000 in an attempt to become world champion for the first time.
The World Championships will see her compete in countries such as Maui, Malaysia, Australia and the United States.
Although the distances change, depending on the event, a triathlon consists of three gruelling stages events – swimming, cycling and running.
The fundraising event at Fenton Manor also involved an inspiring speech from Paralympic gold medallist swimmer Jenny Booth about her journey to victory at the Atlanta Paralympic Games in 1996 in the 4 x 50m freestyle, with the evening finishing with a raffle.
Jacqui, a former firefighter who served in Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “I am Stoke born and bred.
“I’ve been involved with Fenton Manor, from being with COSAACS (City of Stoke-on-Trent Swimming club) from the age of seven or eight to right now when I swim in the morning at 5:30am.”
Jacqui has represented Great Britain six times in triathlon and cross triathlon events, the latter taking on cross country routes, as well as having three top 10 finishes at both the ITU Cross World Championships and the Xterra World Championships.
With her busy schedule, Jacqui spends a lot of time abroad training, but was keen to point out how much she looked forward to coming home.
She added: “I really enjoy coming back, even though the weather’s not great!”
The event was held in conjunction with Stoke-on-Trent being awarded European City of Dport for 2016.
Watch Jacqui Slack’s interview here: