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COMMUNITY SPORTS

AWARDS

Celebrating Community Sport

 

 

The Wests Sports council provides an annual award process for local athletes and sporting groups, which recognise achievement, commitment and contribution to sport. Sports Award nominations are open to members of Sporting Clubs and Individual Clubs of Associations which have been approved by the Wests Campbelltown Board for membership of the Wests Sports Council. There are twelve Monthly Award Winners within the below categories, each receiving a dining voucher for their achievement, as well as having the award personally delivered by members of the Wests Sports Council. The Annual Award Winner also receives a cheque for $500.

Three (Olympic sized) cheers for Natalie Van Coevorden

Posted at 13 May 2021

Natalie is a Glen Alpine based athlete and active member of Macarthur Triathlon Club who has been competing in the ITU WTS for the last eight years

 

Wests has been supporting Natalie to get through the 2021 ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) with assistance with travel, equipment and accommodation expenses towards her goal of getting selected for 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Natalie travels to Japan in May to enter the last gruelling selection phase of making that dream a reality.
The current selection for the Olympic Games is that Australia will pick three women to represent them. As part of this process, Natalie has had to race all over the world to gain points and ranking to be selected with that team. Her results are incredible! Natalie is currently ranked 11th in the world at the end of 2020 and is ranked 13th at Hamburg World Championships and 7th at Valencia World Cup. The Olympic team will be picked at the end of June after the final block of racing.

Natalie sent us a great message and answered a few of our questions while she was in Portugal.

 

What starting you on your journey towards Triathlon ?

I grew up swimming at Bradbury Swimming pools from a very young age and committed my teenage years to a structured swimming schedule before and after school. I was also a talented runner whilst I was swimming and my friends always told me about this sport called triathlon.  I did one of my first triathlon for a bit of fun through Macarthur Triathlon Club and never looked back. I have always loved the challenge and doing three different sports gave me the ability to do that. In 2010, I was picked in a national development program through the AIS and my old coach and by early in 2011 qualified for my first junior world championships in Beijing.

 

Who has been the most influential/ inspirational person in your sports life?

I really can’t just name one person. It really takes a village of people that have got me to where I am today and I am grateful for everyone who has big or small involvement in my career. Every time I see a great sporting performance especially in triathlon, I really thrive to have that feeling for myself.

 

What do you miss most about home?

I miss lots of things. I miss seeing my family, my friends and my dog. I miss my local training locations and the ease that home brings to that. This winter overseas was brutal and I really missed summer in Australia.

 

What’s your best advice for young kids with sporting dreams?

Be patient, be persistent and really chase what you love. I was never the “best” but I kept showing up and that consistency and discipline has really made me the athlete I am today.

 

Cant wait to shout you a schnitzel Natalie! Yo are amazing and Wests is so proud to watch and be part of  this journey.