8 March 2017
Tara Anglican School for Girls’ Senior Triathlon Team has taken out the gold medal for this year’s NSW All Schools Triathlon competition amongst a strong group of competitors.
The talented team of three, Year 11 student Arah Ko (swim), Year 11 student and Triathlon Team Captain Jacqueline Burnand (ride) and Year 12 Boarder and Sport Prefect Elizabeth Georgopoulos (run), trained hard in the lead up to the event that resulted in the gold medal position.
“We turned up to the event hoping to come in the top five, but did not have any serious expectations or goals to place in the event. We were ready to push hard, try our best whist having fun doing so, and were surprised and thrilled to have come away with gold. I am really proud of the hard work and determination of my team mates Jacqueline and Arah. Without full effort from each of us it would not have been possible to have achieved this result,” said Elizabeth.
Each of the team members have been training specifically for either swimming or triathlon, training at a consistently high level over the past few years.
Elizabeth’s training schedule consists of one to two hours of training each day of running, cycling or swimming. The team also trained together once a week with the Tara Sport Coaches.
“I have to say a huge thank you to our coaches who made the sessions enjoyable, and motivated us to train hard and try our best. Their guidance and encouragement is highly appreciated.”
Team Captain Jacqueline Burnand also trains intensely for the sport she loves.
“I train seven times a week. This consists of two swim sessions, two cycling sessions, two running sessions and a brick set which is triathlon specific training” said Jacqueline.
“I knew we had a good team, but I just wanted to do our best and have fun regardless of where we placed,” she said.
Jacqueline is hoping to qualify for the School Sport Australia Triathlon Championships in April as part of the NSW Schools Triathlon team as she placed 4th in the individual event. She has already qualified for the World Aquathlon Championships to be held in Canada in August, after winning the Australian Aquathlon event earlier this month.
“My long term goals include focusing on long distance running individually and am hoping to one day compete in major world long distance running events,” said Elizabeth.
The team is looking to partake in the Nationals Relay event in April at the Penrith Regatta Centre.
The girls' achievements have received coverage from several newspapers.
To view the article from the Parramatta Sun, click here.
To view the article from the Daily Telegraph/Parramatta Advertiser, click here.