Embarking On A New Adventure: With Triathlon Australia
Embarking on a new adventure with Triathlon Australia By Amelia Tregear Since joining Physiohealth in 2009 I have become quite the jet setter. I have been fortunate enough to travel interstate and overseas working with Australia’s elite swimmers, but this year saw the arrival of new opportunities; to travel to Europe as the Physiotherapist for Triathlon Australia. My adventure took me to a small town in the North of Spain; Vitoria. Here I lived and worked for four and a half weeks, treating 8 of Australia’s budding Triathletes. The days were long and the work was tiring, but extremely rewarding and exciting at the same time. From pintxos and paella to schnitzel and strudles we were off to Germany! Hamburg was the host of the sixth stage of the ITU World Triathlon Series. The atmosphere was electric as 110 of the world’s best male and female Triathletes took to the lake for the 750m swim, 20km ride and 5km run. The streets were lined with flags of all colours as athletes from around the world battled it out in 30deg heat. Queensland’s Ashleigh Gentle timed her run to perfection to finish in 5th place, mere seconds ahead of fellow Queenslander Emma Jackson in 7th. In the men’s the competition was fierce, with the UK’s Brownlee brothers going one, two ahead of our highest placed male, Aaron Royle in 18th position. On day two Aussies Emma Moffatt, Aaron Royle, Ashleigh Gentle and Peter Kerr took to the stage in the team’s event. Maintaining a good position throughout the race the Aussie team finished just shy of a podium position in 4th place. It’s no wonder the Aussie team performed so well. Training 19 times a week, not including rehabilitation, activation, stretching and strengthening, these athletes work hard; and it was my job to make sure that their bodies were in peak condition to allow them to complete such rigorous training. This week the Aussie Triathlon team heads to London for the final stage of the ITU World Triathlon Series. From all of us at Physiohealth we wish them the best of luck. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!