Emma on track for Rio Olympics
LOCAL Olympic medal hopeful Emma Moffatt is counting down the days to the Rio Olympic Games next month.
The triathlete and former Coffs Coast resident is entering the final phases of intensive training on the Gold Coast.
"Everything has been going really well, with only a month to go I'm putting in the hard yards at the moment," Emma said.
"It's probably the hardest phase of training at the moment. I'm looking forward to getting on that plane, putting my feet up and resting.
"You train as hard as you can to go as best you can and I think when you're training you are thinking about getting on that podium, that's an amazing motivator."
After winning bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games, the multi-medal triathlon winner is hungry to secure another Olympic medal to add to the cabinet.
"That's still to this day the highlight of my career getting bronze in Beijing. I would definitely love to come away from the Olympics with another medal."
Zika virus and water contamination around the Rio Olympic village has plagued the upcoming games.
Emma is concerned but the health risks aren't fazing her to pull out like other Olympic qualifiers in recent times.
"For me, I haven't considered not going but I'm making sure I am well prepared. I think with the information and advice we've been given we are fine to go as long as we're smart about it," she said.
While Emma is relaying health information she receives on to her parents, who will be travelling to Rio to cheer her on, her mum isn't too worried about staying in the Brazilian capital.
"I don't think my mum's worried, she's apparently gone out and got herself a bikini."
The support of the Coffs Coast has been felt by the talented triathlete.
"Often I get different parcels not just from different schools all wishing me luck and stuff like that, it's really nice when the community get behind you like that," Emma said.
When she can, Emma loves coming back home to Coffs Coast.
"I'll definitely be home at the end of the year and I doubt I'll be doing much training though."