Four join elite squads
By RICHARD FORBES Star Correspondent
FOUR students from Ballina's Southern Cross K-12 School have been selected in the North Coast Academy of Sport.
Justine Laverty, Tanyn Lyndon, Paige Single and Rory Skinner qualified for selection after encouragement from PE teacher Leonie Cook to enter the trials.
Justine said her favourite sports were triathlon and surf lifesaving, even though she only began triathlon this year.
The 14-year-old attended the Academy November camps, training in cycling, running and swimming under the watchful eye of triathlon coach Grant Giles. Her role model is world champion triathlete Emma Snowsill.
Tanyn, well-known in surf lifesaving circles, said that mountain biking, surf lifesaving and triathlon were his favourites.
He is coached by Grant Giles (triathlon) and Lou Wilson (lifesaving).
At just 15, Tynan is the Under-15 ironman and board champion at State and National levels.
Paige loves athletics, swimming and triathlon. She recently placed fourth in the NSW All Schools Championships 2km steeplechase event at only her second attempt. She will compete in the Nationals next month.
Paige said her role models were Australian triathlon champion Pip Taylor and world champion Emma Snowsill.
Rory, 14, will do his cycling training under coach Tony Clarke, the Academy's executive director.
Training four to fove days a week and covering up to 180km, Rory has been cycling competitively for only about three months and is one of 15 athletes from the Far North Coast to be selected for this sport.
All four said they were looking forward to beginning their formal training.