Blog — 07 September 2011
10 with Australia’s Best up and coming Junior Girls

Ashlee Bailie, Natalie van Coevorden and Tamsyn Moana Veale are Australia’s best junior triathletes, all with a lot in common. They all live and train in Wollongong, have the same coach – Jamie Turner (& the same physio!) and they also make up the only 3 places in the Australia Junior girls triathlon team. Their World Championship race is this Saturday, the 10th of September, in Beijing. The girls all have unique backgrounds, which should serve as inspiration for triathletes of all ages, especially aspiring young athletes.

Ashlee grew up in the country town of Bunbury, in Western Australia. She has followed in the family tradition of triathlon, with her very supportive mother, Kerry, having raced for a long time including the Ironman World Champs in Kona. Ashlee made the move to Wollongong following a training block in Wollongong in January of 2011, where she loved it so much she decided to make the long move across Australia.

Natalie hails from Campbelltown and had come a swimming background, without any specific running or riding training. She had some attention from onlookers who believed she had a future in the sport if she made the switch across. I first met Natalie in October 2010, where her and Tamsyn were involved in a talent identification camp in Wollongong. Prior to this camp, during which we worked hard on their biomechanics, Natalie had only completed one triathlon with no structured training! One year in and she is on the eve of representing her country.

Tamsyn is a Bathurst girl, who has shown great promise from an early age in the sport. Like the other 2, Tamsyn has had some great results this year while we have been living in Europe. She also made the move to Wollongong in January of 2011, which is a big step for all 3 at 17 or 18 years of age. This is a great example of the sacrifice it takes to take a step to competing at an international level, which they will all do this Saturday.

The three girls have a great relationship off of the training track, being the best of friends. But the admirable thing is the mutual understanding they have that when it is time for training or more so racing, it is business time. They all have a steely resolve and willingness to work very hard, without taking a sideways step. However, when the session is over, it is back to giggling and laughing, which sometimes meant me having to separate them when it was time for physio treatment! This relationship which they have, is something that is unique and helps them to push each other to the next level.

Thanks for your time girls and all the very best for the race this weekend!

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Ashlee Bailie

Facebook or Twitter and why?

Facebook. Closer connection to famliy and friends. Do not mind the old twitter though – @little_bailie

Favourite meal that YOU cook?

Lasagne…

Favourite training session?

MOTOR PACING

Least favourite training session?

Motor Pacing – it’s a love/hate relationship!!

Best thing about coming to Europe for the last 3 months?

Seeing a new culture and training in a high performance atmosphere with other triathletes.

Favourite quote?

Anything is Possible. The Pain goes away but the memory lasts forever.

Most inspirational person?

Brother- Ryan Bailie. Always has been… I  always copied everything he did since I was a lot younger and I have always admired him.

Why triathlon?

Because I love the experiences, opportunities, feelings and people that come with Triathlon. Also because my brother does it.

Do you get nervous before a big race and if so, what do you do to keep calm?

Yes. I always get nervous and generally I believe it is good to get a few butterflies. But if I they get out of hand I concentrate on my breathing…

What are you looking forward to most about the Bejing race and being on the Australian team?

I am most looking forward to being part of an elite team, wearing the green and gold and making my country proud…

The 3 of you all train in Wollongong together and live together here in Spain. You obviously have a great relationship if the giggling at treatment time each night is anything to go by… Do you think being friends and training this helps your training and if so how?

Outside of the sport the three of us are very close and we all have very good relationships and are able to talk about things that are non-triathlon related. I suppose being the same age helps this. However, when we race and train together we are not friends and we all have a mutual understanding that we are competitors. I suppose this pushes us a lot in training and races to outdo one another and we are always pushing ourselves to the limit.

Who would you like to thank?

Triathlon Western Australia (TEP), Triathlon Australia, Azzurri, SWEAT, Jamie Turner, Alex Price, Kerry Bailie…

 

 

Natalie Van Coevorden

Facebook or Twitter and why?

Twitter- its fun to see how many followers you can and lose with your dodgey tweets. plus who wouldn’t want to follow @DJnatawilly.

Favourite meal that YOU cook? any pasta- chicken or meat pasta bake, spaghetti 

Favourite training session? heartrate swim set- bring on the 18 x 100m OUCH!

Least favourite training session? sprints in running- my long legs don’t move fast enough

Best thing about coming to Europe for the last 3 months? get away from my brother, the winter weather back at home and a whole new experience of travelling that many people wouldn’t experience too much later in life

Favourite quote?

We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney

Most inspirational person?

Kerryn McCann- I met her in Year 7 at a Sports presentation night. I got a photo with her and she gave me her autograph with a quote” The journey starts somewhere…Usually with one step” and i still have it at home today. She sadly died of cancer but she had a amazing career and was a inspiration to many people

Why triathlon?

Who wouldn’t want to do triathlon is the question. coming from a swimming background and a bit of running, adding in another discipline into the picture was a opportunity to try something different. We get to travel all over Australia and the world, eat pretty much what we want and have the benefit of having little nanna naps throughout the day to get us ready for our next session. We even get the chance to have massages and treatment by the best physio in Australia who we look forward to going to each night – YOU!  We are always meeting new people even the best athletes in the world in our races. not many other sports get this.

Do you get nervous before a big race and if so, what do you do to keep calm?

Everyone can always tell when I get nervous as my race face goes on, I get pretty quiet and zone into my own world. Keeping calm requires a lot of mental preparation and positive talk; that I have done the effort and I am here to win!

What are you looking forward to most about the Bejing race and being on the Australian team?

After a pretty successful European season, i am excited more than anything to race the best junior girls in the world. We are racing on the Olympic course and not many people get this opportunity. I am also travelling and racing with the best athletes in Australia, who all together have many years of experience, skills and tactics that can help me get the most out of my race. Being on the Australian team is a dream come true as a year as ago i hadn’t even started triathlon and was sitting at home studying for my HSC.

The 3 of you all train in Wollongong together and live together here in Spain. You obviously have a great relationship if the giggling at treatment time each night is anything to go by… Do you think being friends and training this helps your training and if so how?

Training wouldn’t be the same without Azza and Tammy. We have our moments with each other but overall we are best friends. We push each other to the limits and we all constantly want to beat each other. The determination and commitment that we all make to the sport is great as we all see triathlon in the same light. Our own individual personalities and talents shine through each other as we bring out the best of what we all have everyday in training and general life.

Who would you like to thank?

My parents for all their support, time and effort they put into my sport , Mizuno, SIS, TA development program that got me into triathlon with Jamie last year and all my friends that were always telling me that triathlon was for me!  A big thank you to Alex Price for the giggles of pain, the hundreds of  acupuncture pin pricks and the extra nanna naps i get at physio a few nights a week, my body wouldn’t be the same without it!

 

 

Tamsyn Moana-Veale

Facebook or Twitter and why?

Facebook so I can keep in contact with everyone and see what they are up to.
Twitter name is @kiwi_tammy

Favourite meal that YOU cook?

Pumpkin and pine-nut ravioli. From a packet…. I really can’t cook.

Favourite training session?

1km reps in the run or open water swims.

Least favourite training session?

Any distance Maximal Aerobic runs.

Best thing about coming to Europe for the last 3 months?

Change of scenery and avoiding the Australian winter.

Favourite quote?

Kia Kaha (be strong)

Most inspirational person?

Mark Cavendish

Why triathlon?

I used to be a swimmer and enjoyed running, so thought I’d give the Nepean Enticer triathlon a go after doing well a local junior duathlon race.

Do you get nervous before a big race and if so, what do you do to keep calm?

I get very very nervous! Generally I just make sure I’ve got everything ready for the day, like bags packed, then I just try to be by myself and listen to music or read a book.

What are you looking forward to most about the Beijing race and being on the Australian team?

I am looking forward to seeing what I can do after months of hard training. Also, I can’t wait for a cookie (or five) after the race!

The 3 of you all train in Wollongong together and live together here in Spain. You obviously have a great  relationship if the giggling at treatment time each night is anything to go by… Do you think being friends and training this helps your training and if so how?

Being so close is great as we know that no matter what, the other two will be there to support you. It also makes training and every day life fun, and not always so stressful and purely triathlon based, it creates a great balance. In saying that, there is also an understanding in racing and sometimes even training, that its each to their own and not to take anything someone said or did, personally.

Who would you like to thank?

My coach Jamie Turner, my sponsors; NSWIS, ClubsNSW, 2XU and Giant, everyone that has helped me get this far, including old coach Richard Hobson and the guys at TriNSW, WRAS and the SJTA and of course, Mum and Dad for always being there and supporting me, both emotionally and financially :)

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