Hervey Bay triathlete Elyza Codner passed a big test by taking on the best athletes in the business and performing strongly when she contested the World Triathlon Championships in Hungary.
Hervey Bay triathlete Elyza Codner passed a big test by taking on the best athletes in the business and performing strongly when she contested the World Triathlon Championships in Hungary. Alistair Brightman

Elyza hungry to tri it all again

HERVEY Bay’s Elyza Codner said she would love to make the Fraser Coast proud before she headed to Hungary to make her Australian debut – she has.

The 19-year-old former Pialba State School and Fraser Coast Anglican College student has finished 19th overall in her 20-24 age group in the World Triathlon Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Codner contested the sprint race, an event which included a 750m swim in the Danube, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run to the finishing line.

She was the first Aussie home and she did it in style.

A personal best time of 1.22.46secs ensured that.

Not a bad effort when you consider Codner only started contesting triathlons less than two years ago after a friend persuaded her to have a try – it now seems it was good advice.

Codner, who qualified for her Australian call-up after she finished seventh in the nationals and 15th in the final selection race in Sydney, said her performance was still sinking in.

“I just didn’t know how I’d cope with an event of this scale,” she said.

“There were so many quality athletes from so many countries – it was a real test of the unknown for me.

“All I could do was give it my best and I did that and I am so happy.

“It doesn’t get any better than recording a personal best in the world titles, well, not in my books anyway.”

As for the experience, Codner, who is now relaxing with her family on holiday in Europe, said it would be one she would never forget.

“To have had the chance to compete in it was simply unbelievable for someone like me – I am only really still a novice in terms of triathlons,” she said.

“Hopefully I’ll get another opportunity in the future.”



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