Half a world away from her home town running festival triathlete Emma Moffatt was collecting her ticket to next year's Commonwealth Games.
Half a world away from her home town running festival triathlete Emma Moffatt was collecting her ticket to next year's Commonwealth Games. John McCutcheon

Moffatt collects Games ticket at London ITU World Triathlon

AT THE same time her home town was conducting a major athletic event, Emma Moffatt was on the other side of the world securing a ticket to next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The World Triathlon Championships ranks higher than the Coffs Coast Running Festival but as Richard Pearson led the charge in the half marathon, Moffatt had just collected her bronze medal in London after finishing third to local Non Stanford..

The 29-year-old was leading out of the swim but dropped back in the run.

She closed on Stanford near the finish but was overtaken by Irish-born training partner Aileen Reid.

"I was happy to get on to the run, that's for sure but I felt really good all day," Moffatt told reporters.

"In Glasgow it's going to be (raining and cold) like this.

"You never want to let that faze you."

Moffatt ended the eight-leg WTS Series as the highest-placed Australian in sixth position.

As it turns out, Moffatt is not the only participant flying the Coffs Coast flag in London.

James Mackay, son of long time identities and Jetty business couple Bob and Pat, will compete for Australia in the 40-45 Age Group World Championships over the Olympic distance.

He is one of three Aussies in the starting line-up and symmetry may be a lucky omen as he carries number 32023

Selection came after qualifying events in Devonport, Canberra and Wollongong.

"Initially I coached myself but in order to make the next step, I got myself a coach and thanks to Tim A'Hern, I've made it to London," he said.

While Mackay's focus is the Olympic distance, he also competed in his first Ironman event last May at Port Macquarie.

"I wanted to test my limits as Ironman is the ultimate in the sport of triathlon.

"It's great to have the support of my wife Susan and family, especially with all the training.

"Going hard seven days a week with a full-time job and three children is sometimes hard to juggle but I wouldn't be able to do it without them."



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