2014 will be my 4th year living in Wollongong . I moved here in late 2009 to train with coach Jamie Turner and his crew. A lot of people have come & gone, but this year we’ll have a big group of 17 athletes with a healthy mix of males and females!


Training here is very different to Falls Creek where I’ve spent most of this summer to date. The majority of our cycle and run sessions begin and end at North Beach, a buzzing hub of activity in “the Gong.” Said sessions often conclude with a coffee sit at Diggies café or a splash in the ocean. Through the week we swim at the beautiful URAC sports centre and come Friday morning we take part in the infamous Open Water ocean swims back at North Beach.

The past couple of weeks have been quite busy (and it may be possible that I still haven’t completely unpacked yet..) attempting to get organized and fully into the swing of it again. I have however had the opportunity to have a few hit outs at local events. I once again competed in the Australia Day Aquathon with the rest of the ‘Wizards’. I also raced at the Triathlon NSW Sprint in Kurnell this past weekend. It’s not often that I get to race with 600+ people on course simultaneously, definitely a change of format for me! It was a great event and a lot of cobwebs were blown.

I’ll be staying put in the ‘Gong’ until Oceania Championship in Devonport in 3 weeks. I imagine there will be plenty of splashes in the ocean & coffee sits before then… I’ll let you know how it goes.