Few reser­va­tions about ac­co­lade

Wanneroo Times - - Look Local - Tyler Brown

IT’S a jam-packed year for Hil­larys teenager Jas­mine Greaves, who has been se­lected as first re­serve in triathlon at this year’s Youth Olympic Games.

The 16-year-old was nom­i­nated by the Aus­tralian Olympic Com­mit­tee to be on standby to com­pete at the games in Buenos Aires in Oc­to­ber.

Her se­lec­tion comes af­ter she came sec­ond in the qual­i­fy­ing event in New Zealand in March.

Greaves said she had been a com­pet­i­tive swim­mer for six years be­fore she wanted to try some­thing dif­fer­ent, which still in­cluded swim­ming.

In 2016 she com­peted in a Mul­laloo triathlon and “fell in love with the sport”, de­cid­ing to pur­sue triathlon fur­ther.

She now trains at Break Your Lim­its in Su­bi­aco un­der coach Steve Glee­son.

“I do ap­prox­i­mately 20 hours a week: swim three times a week, cy­cle three times a week and run three times a week, with two ses­sions most days,” she said.

On top of this, the St Mark’s Angli­can Com­mu­nity School Year 12 stu­dent also has a “heavy study load” with ATAR sub­jects.

“But I have a good rou­tine that helps a lot with time man­age­ment, as well as an un­der­stand­ing coach,” she said.

Greaves said she had “mixed feel­ings” about be­ing se­lected as first re­serve.

“Be­cause there was only one spot, it was go­ing to be a mas­sive chal­lenge to qual­ify, so I am ex­tremely proud and happy but a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed I was so close but don’t get to go,” she said. “But I have to con­tinue with my nor­mal train­ing and aim to be in peak performance for Oc­to­ber in case I have to at­tend.

“There is also a camp in Septem­ber which I will be at­tend­ing with the Aus­tralian team.”

Greaves said she hoped to be­come a pro­fes­sional triathlete and com­pete at the Olympic and Com­mon­wealth games.

“I love com­pet­ing and know­ing all the hard work and train­ing has been worth­while,” she said.

Jas­mine Greaves com­pet­ing at the Rock­ing­ham triathlon.

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