Dreaming of that podium

Patrick Gorbunovs

A PODIUM finish is the dream result Ballina triathlete Brooke Colby is chasing when she competes in her first international event in New Zealand this month.

Colby, 21, will put her skills to the test in the Auckland Ironman 70.3, which is part of the Asia-Pacific Championship.

"A podium finish in my age division (18-24 years) would be a great result," Colby said.

"I'm probably dreaming a bit too big there but who knows.

"I'm going over with one of my squad members and we decided to make a bit of a trip out of it."

Colby only recently started competing in half ironman events and has been training in a squad on the Northern Rivers for 12 months.

She has a background in hockey, swimming and cross-country and quickly adapted to triathlon.

Colby finished second in her age division in a Sunshine Coast half triathlon and third at Port Macquarie.

She also competed at Forster and Kingscliff.

"My aunt and uncle raced triathlon and it was always something I wanted to have a go at," Colby said.

"I found it was easy to pick up the bike having already had experience in swimming and running.

"I've been training really hard to get myself ready for this level.

"The chance to go overseas helped motivate me to get up for all the early morning sessions."

Colby completed an Occupational Therapy degree at Southern Cross University in 2013.

She was able to increase her training and travel to more competitions as a result.

"Finishing my degree definitely freed me up a lot," Colby said.

"The next challenge is finding a full-time job and working triathlon in around that."

The race is on Sunday, January 19.

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