Jacinta off to Canada
THERE must be some magical ingredient in the water on the Coffs Coast northern beaches because another triathlete from the area is about to graduate onto the world stage.
Following in the footsteps of Emma Moffatt, Arrawarra-raised triathlete Jacinta Smithers, 18, has qualified to represent Australia at the World Triathlon championships in Edmonton, Canada.
Jacinta will participate in the 16-19 years category when the titles are held during September.
Making it onto the international scene has taken plenty of effort.
Competing over the Olympic (or standard) distance at the national series, Jacinta finished equal first in her age group.
She was also prominent at the Moreton Bay and Kingscliff triathlons, gaining selection in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Presidential team.
Her lead-up program in Edmonton begins with an aquathon on August 27, followed by the big event on September 1.
The former Woolgoolga High School student now attends Griffith University on the Gold Coast where she is completing a double degree in exercise science and sports management.
She still remains a member of Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club.
In Canada, Jacinta will carry a logo recognising the Coffs Coast on her colours after BCU appointed her an ambassador.
The funding will be a help as she carries almost all the costs of competing and would not be averse to more offers of a helping hand.
Donations may be made at any BCU office.