Triathletes Pack Bags for Birmingham

Posted on June 14, 2022 by

NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holders Natalie Van Coevorden and Charlotte McShane are among six of Australia’s best triathletes who have booked their tickets to Birmingham where they will be bold in gold.

Pocket rocket Charlotte, 31, joins Gold Coast 2018 gold medallists and Jake Birtwhistle, 27, and Matt Hauser, 24, in the mixed team relay.

Twenty-nine year-old Natalie will make her Commonwealth Games debut, rounding out a 14-strong Para and able-bodied triathlon squad.

Bairnsdale-turned-Wollongong product Charlotte McShane has found a new appreciation for triathlon after suffering from a lingering back injury for two years.

She said this Games selection is extra special because there were times where she didn’t think she would race at a high level again.

“Somehow I’ve made it out the other side, with more love and appreciation for the sport than I could have imagined,” she said.

“I am in a really good place physically and mentally, surrounded by an amazing support team, and I know I have so much progression left in me over the next couple of months.”

Campbelltown’s Natalie Van Coevorden, who trains in Europe, spent six weeks at home at the start of the year to be with family and friends. The return allowed her to hit the reset button on training and refocus for the Games.

Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM welcomed the selection of today’s triathletes who ready to be bold in gold in Birmingham.

“Well done to the six Triathlon Team Members who are bound for Birmingham,” Thomas said.

“This is a special day for the Team Members, their coaches, their families and supporters, and I know they will be giving it their all and representing Australia proudly. They make for an exciting group, who are ready to be bold in gold in Birmingham.”

Triathlon Australia CEO Tim Harradine congratulated the latest additions to the Triathlon team bound for Birmingham.

“I congratulate all the athletes for the honour of being selected to the Australian team for the Commonwealth Games,” Harradine said.

“All of Australia will be behind this team, and I wish them all well in what will be extremely exciting racing.”

Article and image courtesy of Triathlon Australia

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