Cas­sia just keeps get­ting up

Melville Times - - Sport -

TRIATHLETES are known for their abil­ity to push through pain and Cas­sia Boglio has cer­tainly put her tough­ness be­yond doubt, en­dur­ing four hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions in the past 12 months.

The Bic­ton teenager has been se­lected for the West Aus­tralia triathlon team each year since she be­came el­i­gi­ble as a 13-year-old, win­ning nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­ual na­tional sil­ver and bronze medals, as well as team gold along the way.

Last sea­son she fin­ished ranked sixth in Aus­tralia based on her swim and run times as one of the youngest girls com­pet­ing in the na­tional ju­nior triathlon series 16-19 year-old cat­e­gory.

That achieve­ment is even more re­mark­able given the in­juries she sus­tained along the way.

“I mis­judged a kerb while train­ing last July and landed badly on my el­bow, break­ing it,” Cas­sia said.

“Then in the first race of the sea­son I sliced my toe com­ing out of the swim and had to go to the hospi­tal for stiches.”

“In the sec­ond race, I broke my hand in a big bike crash.”

The Perth Mod­ern stu­dent es­caped the rest of the sea­son rel­a­tively un­scathed, but six weeks ago her mis­for­tune re­turned.

“I was cy­cling home from train­ing in Ap­ple­cross and got hit by a car that didn’t give way at a round­about,” she said.

“Luck­ily I only got bruis­ing and was able to get back on the bike fairly quickly.”

Cas­sia is now pre­par­ing for the start of a new na­tional ju­nior triathlon series, train­ing twice a day ev­ery day of the week as she aims to qual­ify for the Aus­tralia ju­nior elite team that will com­pete at the Triathlon World Cham­pi­onships on the Gold Coast next year.

“I like all three legs of triathlon but I’m prob­a­bly strong­est at run­ning be­cause that is what I’ve been do­ing the long­est af­ter start­ing off in Lit­tle Ath­let­ics,” she said.

In be­tween her own train­ing, Cas­sia helps coach ju­nior triathletes in the Fre­man­tle Triathlon Clubs’ TRYs­tars pro­gram and also vol­un­teers at var­i­ous events.

Pic­ture: Jac­qui Richards

Cas­sia Boglio com­pet­ing in a triathlon for her State.

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