Emma Moffatt, 2009 world champion, is included in the team of four women and eleven men for the world championships series which kicks off and ends at the Sydney Opera House. By this weekend, she will confirm if she will get the chance to defend her crown as the reigning world triathlon champion on April 11 in Sydney. The same venue was used when the sport made it to the Olympics in 2000.
While awaiting the green light for the defense, Emma will be training her shoulders through a hard swim session on Saturday. Her shoulders suffered a fracture in an injury last January resulting from a bike crash. She remains uncertain of her swim fitness and has to test the waters again before making the decision.
Australian Institute of Sport triathlon coach Shaun Stephens leaves it all to the outcome of her training as he stated “I will be encouraging Emma to make the call on the weekend. We’d like the organizers to know seven days out (from the race).” If her swimming is off from what she deems exceptional by par, she may just race in Sydney considering her bike and running form are in its best. She’s happy and very optimistic of her coming performance.
Emma decides, “Everything is going well at this stage, so I will continue doing a fair bit of work in the pool and see how I feel over the weekend.” She further added, “It all depends on my swimming-how I handle the volume of work and whether I have the speed to keep up.” All in all she believes that she’s in great shape.
Moffatt, the Beijing Olympics Bronze medalist may miss the Sydney races, however she will retain her world title in the seven race series format.
Joining Moffatt in the women’s team are Emma Jackson, Felicity Abram and Felicity Sheedy-Ryan. Annabel Luxford and Olympic gold medalist Emma Snowsill are not included due to injuries.
In the men’s team, several big names in the triathlon scene are participating like Peter Robertson, Brad Kahlefeldt, Coutney Atkingson and Greg Bennett.