Teen on the road to glory
ANNA-LEEZA Hull excels in several sports, but there is an underlying passion to compete in her favourite - the triathlon.
The 14-year-old is currently training for the three days of racing in the Australasian Schools Cycling Cup at Shepparton, Victoria at the end of the month.
On the weekend Anna-Leeza completed her first road race at Murwillumbah and placed first in the Open E-grade category and now advances to D-grade at Murwillumbah, and C-grade in Ballina.
And at 14, competing in the under-17 division, she held her own against the boys.
"I still have my first bike from when I was three years old," she said.
"The trainer wheels broke, so I just kept on riding.
"There have been several more since then because I love cycling so much.
"After school, I ride a 40km circuit, and on weekends, it's 80 and 100km rides."
Originally coached by her father, Russell, Anna-Leeza has joined Gary Creighton who assists the North Coast Academy of Sport coach.
Anna-Leeza trains at NCAS with adults, such is her talent.
A member of the Northern Rivers Cycling Club, one of Anna-Leeza's goals is to join the GreenEdge cycling team.
She also wants to ride for Australia at the Commonwealth and Olympic games.
This complete sport package dynamo also competes in swimming, cross-country running and athletics, which all form part of her triathlon training.
It's probably true to say that Anna-Leeza Hull's commitment and sportsmanship will ensure that we will be captivated at both Olympic and Commonwealth games in years to come.
"I'll try the Commonwealth Games first," she said tongue-in-check.
Anna-Leeza has had a busy time with NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) Triathlon at Penrith and CHS Regional swimming last week.
Despite a painful shoulder AC joint caused by the butterfly, Anna-Leeza still swims and made CHS Zone in Maclean last month.