Hailing from a surf lifesaving background, NSW northern beaches girl Emma Jeffcoat was recently selected to be part of Triathlon Australia’s National Talent Academy established to provide a link between existing state junior development programs and the State Institutes of Sport/State Academies of Sport network.
Emma was automatically selected for the Academy as her National Performance Standard (NPS) results for both swim and run exceeded the 21yrs 93% NPS. The National Talent Academy believes that Emma shows great potential to compete in elite triathlon. "I am very honoured with the selection and proud of the work put in to get there!" said Emma.
Among the benefits of the NTA, Emma and her home coach will receive a high level of support and mentoring from respected High Performance Coach, Keiran Barry. She will also have the opportunity to attend the annual NTA Camp, interact with other aspiring Olympians and athletes and travel internationally if selected to representative teams such as the NTA Young Guns Tour or World Championships Team.
"NTA is a great support network of coaches, mentors & guidance, top facilities & tools, camps & athletes, which I hope will give me the ability to enhance my home training environment, continue positively developing as a professional athlete while learning loads and enjoying the process all at the same time! Hopefully it will also see me stepping up next year into some World Cup racing, experiencing that next level of Elite ITU," said Emma.
Having grown up at Dee Why Surf club competing in State, Australian & World Surf life Saving Championships in the Ironwoman water events and 2km beach run, Emma became involved in triathlon in year 11 at school through the NSW All Schools Triathlon event. "My teacher at school entered me as I was a strong swimmer & runner (I thought). It was at this competition at Penrith were I made my first NSW team for National All Schools on a hired race bike! i was back the next year with my own race bike and haven't looked back since!!" said Emma.
What does Emma like most about triathlon?
"There is so much to love but the Top 5 quick reasons would be....
- I love the active and healthy lifestyle it promotes and provides me as a professional athlete now
- The great life-long mates I have made along the way whether that be from my home environment squad- HPT, my coach Mick Delamotte or athletes I've met at camps or races overseas.
- The challenge it provides day in day out to really push myself out of my comfort zone and grow stronger physically and also mentally
- The opportunities the sport provides for me to chase my dream at racing in the green & gold at World Triathlon Series circuit events and becoming an Olympian or Commonwealth Games medalist in the future
- The amazing destinations and sights I see along the way whether it be at a race in Mauritius Africa or a training ride in Hyde park London!! "
Well done Emma!