Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Samuels Crosses The World To Chase Her Olympic Dream


Samuels Crosses The World To Chase Her Olympic Dream

Last week Alcatraz in the USA, this week Kitzbuhel in Austria as New Zealand triathlete Nicky Samuels continues her season, one that she hopes will culminate in booking a berth at the London 2012 Olympic Games in August.

Such is the life of a globetrotting professional triathlete that Samuels is well prepared for the journey, you might almost say she is used to such a schedule after spending two weeks hard at work 'Stateside'.

"I only arrived in Santa Cruz two weeks ago and had a couple of easy days to get over the jetlag and get into the swing of things before I was joined with my coach Mark Elliott again. We are in Santa Cruz because that is Bevan Docherty's training home for now and it seemed like an excellent opportunity for Mark to work with Bevan and I at the same time. We have linked our sessions well over the last two weeks with Mark working both of us hard as usual."

The formula has obviously paid off for Samuels, not only is she training well but she smashed the field to win the famous 'Escape from Alcatraz' triathlon last weekend, this after already having collected her maiden ITU World Cup title in Mooloolaba in March.

"This has been my best two weeks of training I have ever had. With Mark's help I have actually hit all of my targets. This doesn't always happen when trying to get the balance between the three disciplines right."

The 28 year old knows she must be at her best back on the ITU World Champs Series circuit but says she might even have an edge after skipping the Madrid round just over a week ago.

"I am happy with my current form and everything I have done which is all working towards the pinnacle event for me this year, the London World Champs Series race that doubles as New Zealand's Olympic qualifying race. Kitzbuhel is my next target race though and I will be interested to see how I shape up.

"Other athletes have raced two weeks earlier in Madrid so are probably a bit tired from that still so perhaps I have a small edge over them. And yes, I raced last weekend too but only as a training race, in non-drafting races like Escape from Alcatraz you usually have the luxury to dictate the pace but in World Champs Series races others are often dictating it."

Samuels will be amongst five New Zealand women racing on the weekend, with Andrea Hewitt (currently third in the world rankings), Debbie Tanner, Kate McIlroy (career best 6th in Madrid) and Rebecca Spence all on the start line.

In the men's race Bevan Docherty races after he too missed Madrid in favour of a hit out at Alcatraz (he finished second), as do Tony Dodds (Wanaka) and Clark Ellice (New Plymouth).

ITU Dextro Energy Triathlon World Champs Series Kitzbuhel, Austria

Elite Men 12.30am Sunday 19th June NZT

Elite Women 10.36pm Sunday 19th June NZT

Coverage on Sky Sport and www.triathlon.org

Further race previews, information and race times will be distributed this week

ends.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Kiwi Pride: Accolades For Film About Man Who Falls In Love With A Stick

A short animated film written and directed by New Zealand born Matthew Darragh has been selected for the Courts des îles, International Festival of Short Fiction Films. More>>

ALSO:

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Foo Fighters: Exclusive Show In Support Of Music Foundation

Frontier Touring has today announced that the Foo Fighters will play a last minute intimate and exclusive benefit show at the Auckland Town Hall this Friday February 20 with all profits going to The New Zealand Music Foundation. More>>

ALSO:

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Celia Lashlie: Legacy Will Live On

Social justice advocate Celia Lashlie leaves a legacy that will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of New Zealanders for years to come, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “Celia was a powerful voice for reason, sense and compassion. Her work, particularly with teenage boys, was ground-breaking." More>>

ALSO:

Obituary: Sad Farewell To PPTA Activist Robin Duff

Duff has been a long-time fixture of the association... Most recently Duff has been working hard to support Canterbury teachers through the quakes that devastated the region. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news