Five minutes with … Emma Jeffcoat
Name: Emma Jeffcoat
Years in triathlon: 4
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Sporting background … I grew up being a very active kid, enjoying multiple different sports at a time. As I got into my teens I focused more on swimming and surf lifesaving/surf ironwoman events – board paddle, ski paddle, swim. I also loved to run, which complemented competing in Surf Life Saving events well with events like the two-kilometre soft sand run.
Foray into triathlon … My first ever triathlon was in my senior year at school – I was a keen swimmer and runner, so my teacher entered me into the NSW All Schools Triathlon event. I hired a bike and didn’t even know how to change gears; spinning around the course I made the NSW team for Nationals and got a second shot at this new sport. It was probably another 12 months after this before I decided to properly give triathlon a go.
Most memorable race experience … I’m very lucky, triathlon has given me so many memorable moments and has allowed me to visit destinations all over the world I would never have otherwise seen or experienced. My most memorable race to date would be the recent Mooloolaba World Cup, my first ever World Cup podium, on home soil, with my mum and dad at the finish line sharing such a special moment with me. That’s what I work so hard for – it makes all the blood, sweat and tears worthwhile, 10 times over!
Words of wisdom to aspiring triathletes …Have fun, enjoy the process and stay patient, the hard work does pay off. And to always dream big.
Beveridge of choice … Coffee, every time! I’m lucky enough to be sponsored by the best coffee around at home – 21 Grams Espresso!
Favourite pre-training/racing meal … I love some plain Vegemite or honey toast (not together) and I’ll always have a banana handy.
Pre-race rituals … Along with my standard pre-race food, I have the same run warm-up routine and pre-race playlist that I’ve been listening to for two years now, it’s got all the right tunes to get me pumped and ready to race!
Next big goal … Long term, all sights are set on Tokyo 2020. Shorter term I’m focused on tapping away daily and getting the little things right to then be able to perform consistently on the ITU World Triathlon Series and World Relay Series circuits and in World Cup Series races!
Favourite way to recover … With a nap in the sun at the beach – my ideal recovery location after a cool off swim in the ocean.
Name a hidden talent … Horse riding … I’m lucky enough to have my own horse, Cherokee, who I ride and look after every day when I’m home.
If there were a movie made about you it would be called … Dare to Tri!
Athlete you admire …I admire a lot of my fellow triathlete competitors and have the utmost respect for those in the top end of our sport. Flora Duffy is one standout woman who’s dominating at the moment; I love her gutsy style and ripper swim/bike combo.
Bucket list race …Triathlon certainly takes us all over the globe, I can’t say I have a bucket list race but I certainly have some awesome locations I would love to compete at. Super League Triathlon is one new racing series taking the world by storm – its racing locations are insane and really do take things to the next level. I’d say somewhere like the Swiss or Austrian Alps would be an epic race.
A guilty pleasure … Chocolate – always my go-to treat at the end of the day (laughs).
If not triathlon … I think I would be doing a lot more nursing work and putting my Bachelor of Nursing degree to good use for starters (laughs). But honestly, if it wasn’t triathlon I think I would have taken another sporting path. I’ve always dreamed of being a professional athlete, so maybe competing in kayaking.
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