Coast athletes to represent nation
IT'S A LONG way to Hungary, but it's a journey three Fraser Coast athletes are making.
The chance to wear green and gold and represent Australia in the World Triathlon Championships in Budapest is worth every minute of the long trip north.
Hervey Bay's Elyza Codner and the Maryborough duo of Pete Hansen and Gayle Young will take on the world in the Hungarian capital on September 11.
Codner and Hansen will be making their Australian debuts, while Young will be making her second appearance after she contested the world titles when they were held on the Gold Coast 12 months ago.
Codner will be the youngest of the trio on national duty.
The 19-year-old former Pialba State School and Fraser Coast Anglican College student qualified after she finished seventh in the nationals and 15th in the final selection race in Sydney.
Those performances ensured Codner earned enough points to be selected.
Not a bad effort when you consider she only started doing triathlons less than two years ago, she got stung by a jellyfish during the nationals and she hates swimming in the ocean.
Codner said she was ready and raring to go.
“I've done all the training – I am primed to give it my best,” she said.
“I'd love to make the Fraser Coast proud and I am sure they (Hansen and Young) both feel the same.”
Hansen, a Maryborough teacher, will contest the 40-44 age group.
He, like Codner, said he couldn't wait to compete on the world stage.
“I'll be living my dream,” the 40-year-old said.
“I've always wanted to represent Australia and now I've got the chance I intend to treasure every minute of it.
“I'm so excited I can tell you because I thought I'd never do it (represent Australia) – you don't expect to when you are my age,” he laughed.
Young, who has already started her trek north, will contest the 35-39 age division.