ON HER WAY TO VICTORY: Emma Moffatt heads for the transition after completing the swim leg at last year’s Noosa Triathlon.
ON HER WAY TO VICTORY: Emma Moffatt heads for the transition after completing the swim leg at last year’s Noosa Triathlon. John Mccutcheon

‘Veteran’ Moffatt versus young ones at Mooloolaba Triathlon

TWO-time ITU triathlon world champion Emma Moffatt says a strong race in today's Mooloolaba Triathlon will pave her way to a successful Commonwealth Games campaign later this year.

The Beijing Olympic bronze medallist is hoping to go two better than her third-placed finish of last year by taking out today's race.

Moffatt won last year's Noosa Triathlon in a sprint finish with rising star Ashleigh Gentle.

The 29-year-old said she would do her best to continue usurping the next generation of triathletes with a strong performance today on her way to the Commonwealth Games.

"There are always other junior females coming through, so for me being an older athlete it keeps me on my toes and I know that you cannot ever relax, because you have people coming up to take the spots," she said.

"I think Australia has a pretty strong field of females and I think whoever gets selected in the Commonwealth Games team will have a pretty good chance.

"Triathlon wasn't offered back in India, so to get the opportunity to represent my country at the Commonwealth Games is an amazing feeling and that will be my main race for the year.

"I am really aiming to go well (in Scotland) and hopefully I can do Australia proud."

Moffatt has been competing at Mooloolaba for almost a decade and knows the course well.

Today's race will be different, however, as the elite competitors contest the sprint format - 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run - for the first time.

Moffatt said the shorter race format would make for an electrifying contest.

"The sprint distance is a very different way to start the season but I think it's going to be a very exciting race," she said. "There is a very tough start list and it will be a tough race, but it is one of my favourite races."

With Moffatt set to turn 30 in September, the Queenslander said she still felt there was much for her to achieve.

"My major goal is to try and make Rio (the 2016 Olympics)," she said.

"I love coming here, so hopefully I am still doing this race for a while yet."

MOFFATT STATS

  • Two-time world champion
  • Bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2013 Noosa Triathlon champion

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