Frantastic goal for Moroney set for July adventure
AQUATHLON: Western Suburbs Waves Swimming and Triathlon Club stalwart Fran Moroney devotes hours of training a week in and out of the water.
And as a result, she has qualified for the World Multisports Championships in Denmark in July.
Moroney, who is also a member of the Gladstone Triathlon Club and Gladstone Gropers Master's Swimming Club, will race on July 12 in an event which is a part of the huge sports festival in Denmark from July 5-14.
"To make the Australian team, you have to do a couple of qualification races, so I tried a couple of qualifying races - one at Cronulla and one at Lake Crackenback," she said.
"Lucky for me I did reasonably well and got a place in both competitions which meant that I qualified to be in the team."
It's a remarkably achievement because Moroney began in aquathlon just last year.
"I have been ocean swimming for a few years now," she said.
Moroney hopes to turn a weakness into a strength in the next two months ahead of the Denmark challenge in which she will be a part of some 120 Aussie athletes who will compete.
"Running's my weaker point, so I got a program from Ryan McLoughlin and have been trying to keep to that and hopefully improve my running," she said.
"I swim about five to six times a week anyway, so I just have to keep it up until July."
She identified an area what she needed to work on.
"I was a swimmer when I was a kid and I love ocean swimming," she said.
"A couple of years back I did an ocean swim and I lost by .01 seconds or something like that mainly because I didn't run up the beach because I couldn't run.
"So I decided that I'll learn to run, so I went to Parkrun at first and I also run with 3D Coaching who are associated with Western Suburbs club."
With the encouragement from 1770 Penny Palfrey, who is also bound for Denmark, Moroney focussed on running.
"I joined Parkrun in 2015 and at first that was the only kind of running I did and then I kind of built up a bit," she said.
"I did quite a few ocean swims since then and did quite well and I though why not try the aqauthlon mainly because Penny Palfrey said to me 'you could probably do that', so I'd thought I'd try it."