Brandi ready to take on the world
NOT many teenagers get a shot at a world championship.
But that's what Hervey Bay's Brandi Alberts is now preparing for after scoring a podium finish at the 2014 Oceania and Australian Duathlon Championships in Adelaide.
Alberts, 17, qualified for next year's World Duathlon Age Group Championships after finishing the 14-17 years girls sprint race third, taming the challenging course in 1hr 8min 54sec, despite losing 30 seconds while fetching her shoes and pedal which fell off while coming into the final transition.
It was the first time she had contested a national or international duathlon championship and Alberts said she was satisfied with her effort, which she hopes to build on in the coming months.
"I thought I did all right and I'm pretty proud of myself," she said.
"I just had a positive attitude approaching the race and wanted to push myself to do my best and to get up there."
Duathlon, a multisport race which is part of the triathlon family of events, comprises two run legs and a ride.
As is the case for most athletes in triathlon, the swim is Alberts' weakest discipline, therefore she is a better chance of placing higher in a duathlon.
Trained by renowned Hervey Bay coach Brian Harrington, Alberts said representing Australia at next year's world championship in Adelaide would be a dream come true and believed it would be the biggest challenge of her career since taking up the sport five years ago.
"It gives me more motivation to know I can do it and I can achieve something and now I want to push harder and hopefully get somewhere at worlds next year," she said.
A proud young Australian of Aboriginal descent, Alberts' success is due to her motivation to succeed and never-say-die attitude.
And while the continued and rapid growth of duathlon has opened up a new opportunity for Alberts, the Urangan State High School student remains determined to make her mark in triathlon.
Already boasting a fine competitive background which includes representing Queensland twice at the national school sport triathlon championships and at the road national cycling championships, she now hopes to take the next step in her quest of becoming an elite athlete.
"I'm hoping to get there one day and I believe I can do it," she said.
"I have had a lot of ups and downs in my career, including a lot of injuries and a lot of broken bones (wrist and toe), but my triathlon career has been going good and starting to improve as I get older and stronger."