Emma Moffatt welcomed home
NO-ONE has ever accused Olympic bronze medallist Emma Moffatt of forgetting where she has come from and after visiting some local primary schools yesterday, it's highly unlikely that anyone ever will.
The star triathlete spent most of her time yesterday visiting schools in the area to speak to the students about not only her amazing experience in Beijing but also about growing up on the Coffs Coast just like the starry-eyed students who hung on her every word.
As a daughter of two school teachers, Moffatt has her mother to thank for the busy schedule that has been laid out for her in her short time back home.
“I wanted to come back here after the Games at some time to show my appreciation to the Coffs area but mum just organised for me to come to a few of these schools,” Moffatt said.
“She wrote here's your timetable, that's what you're doing.”
Since winning her bronze medal seven weeks ago, the 24 year old is still yet to have more than a few moments to herself.
“There's been a few days but there's been lots of travel and going to the parades and things like that,” she said.
“I'm doing a charity run next week down in Melbourne and I think from there it will get a bit lighter and I'll have a bit more time to myself which will be enjoyable.”
Part of that busy schedule that she's been keeping has been the welcome home parades that the Olympians have enjoyed.
“I went to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane,” Moffatt explained.
“I didn't know what to expect, not having been to the Olympics before and there were amazing crowds there.
“It was quite exciting really.”
Today Moffatt returns to her old schools when she visits Woolgoolga Public and High Schools.
“I think it will be kind of weird to go back there and see it all again but I really enjoy doing it.”