Emma wins place in national triathlon team

By ANDREW ROWLINGS

When Triathlon Australia announced their team for the upcoming World Championships to be held in Lausaunne, Switzerland on September 2 and 3, they included a name that has been prominent in Coffs Harbour sporting circles for nearly two decades. Only three females were selected for the elite team, with former Woolgoolga resident Emma Moffatt snaring one of those slots. Despite being eligible to race in the under 23 division, Moffatt's consistency and increasing impressive race results have left the selectors with little choice but to include her in the open age category. With podium finishes in events in Canada recently, she has been snapping at the heels of current World and Olympic champion, Emma Snowsill, who along with Felicity Abram will face the starter on what has been decsribed as the most difficult World Championship course yet. While rivals sample Europe's hilly terrain, Moffatt and Abram have been doing their final preparations in Brisbane where they are regularly pitting themselves against local male triathletes to improve their swim, bike and run times. Although having made representative teams before at a junior level, this will be Moffatt's debut as a senior, and she is considered a good chance of securing a spot on the podium. The Australian trio are considered to be among the strongest runners in the sport, with Snowsill a short-priced favourite to secure her third World crown. A former student at Woolgoolga High School, Moffatt has represented the area in cross country, swimming, surf club and athletics prior to being included in the North Coast Academy of Sport triathlon program based at Lennox Head. She began in the sport as a member of the Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club, where parents Dave and Trish still compete on a regular basis. The sporting genes have been well spread in the Moffatt family with brother Chris also having competed on the international stage. Older sister Nicole was a leading surf ironwoman competitor for several years, while Beth tasted success in running, swimming and surf competition. Emma will travel to Europe later this month where she will join up with the remainder of the Australian team to fine-tune their race preparations in France.



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