AQUATHLON: Goondiwindi is more than 300km from the nearest beach, which makes it hard to believe two of triathlon and aquathlon's brightest stars of the future were born and bred there.
Junior world champion Elle Leahy has narrowly upstaged her twin sister Zoe to win the over-14s race in a time of 31min 57sec at this morning's Kawana Aquathlon at Lake Kawana.
The 19-year-old girls from Goondiwindi are competing in a handful of events at Round 3 of the Queensland Triathlon Series as part of a training camp with their teammates from Albany Creek in Brisbane.
It continues a stellar year on the elite stage for Elle, who in September won the Under-19 World Aquathlon Championship in Cozumel, Mexico.
After failing to join Zoe in qualifying for the ITU World Triathlon Final for Junior Women at Cozumel, Elle decided to enter the Aquathlon as somewhat of an afterthought.
Zoe finished 30th.
Elle said she wasn't yet into the full swing of training after taking some time off following her win in Mexico.
"I'd never done an aquathlon before (Mexico) so I wasn't really sure what to expect,” she said.
"Me and my coach worked really hard together and it turned out for the best.”
Incredibly, the girls only started triathlon three years ago, when Elle decided to compete in a mini triathlon in her home town.
"They've got a great little triathlon club there,” Elle said.
"We always get a lot of support from back home.”
Elle and Zoe won't have time to kick back after this morning's race, with the pair set to compete in a 1km open water swim this afternoon.
They will then gear up for tomorrow's Super Sprint triathlon, set to start at 7.30am.
It consists of a 400m swim, 15km cycle and 4km run, more than half the distance of an Olympic triathlon.
"I don't do many of these shorter races but I really enjoy them,” Elle said.
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