Natalie Van Coevorden - Triathlon
Wests League Club Campbelltown continues to sponsor local Glen Apline Athlete, Natalie Van Coevorden towards her goal of being selected in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Triathlon Team. Natalie went to John Terry Catholic High School and Wests has supported Natalie since 2015 in an effort to aid her training, as the selection for the Commonwealth Games is an extremely difficult practice, with Australia only choosing three women to represent.
Natalie is currently ranked 18th in the World Triathlon Series (WTS) and is currently in Canada for her next stop for the series at the Montreal WTS. Wests assist Natalie in her training and development costs to ensure she can compete in such national and international competitions.
When not competing, Natalie trains in the Basque Country of Spain, which she uses as a base whilst training and racing all over Europe. Future races for Natalie also include Stockholm WTS and World Championships in Rotterdam, where she will lead a team of three this September. Natalie has been selected for the second consecutive year to race in this prestigious race, the direct successor to the Triathlon World Championship. As just the 42nd Australian elite triathlete to have the honour since 1989, Natalie has joined a very special club that includes fellow Macarthur Triathlete and Olympic medallist Erin Densham.
Natalie was also awarded the Elite Sportsperson of the Year at the Wests League Club Annual Sports Council Awards Night on Friday 26th May 2017. Follow Natalie with Wests by reading the below stories of her continuing story in 2017 and beyond.
Luke Small - Cross Country
Luke Small is a dedicated young boy who competed in the Australian/National’s All Schools Cross Country Championships. Wests has been supporting Luke in the overall aim to send him to Tasmania, where the Championships were held from Friday 11th August – Monday 14th August 2017. Luke came away with a fantastic result.
Within Luke’s division, his individual race, which was held on Saturday 12th August, Luke pushed through and won GOLD within the Multi Class-athlete division. Luke was then picked for the NSW Realy Team, held on Monday 14th August and to continue the celebrations, Luke and his Team placed GOLD.
Wests, along with Luke’s family and friends are extremely proud of him and wish him the best of luck in all future Cross Country Competitions.
The Wooldridge Sisters - Triathlon
Wests currently sponsors Ella and Erin Wooldridge, who are both in their own right highly successful triathletes and runners. The girls have recently been confirmed to be part of the NSW Triathlon Identification Program.
Fifteen-year-old Ella from Elderslie High School, is top 6 in NSW and top 10 in Australia and is a National Cross Country runner. Ella did a world qualifying time in the U19 2k steeple chase in Kenya after finishing 1st in NSW and 2nd in Australia. Athletics NSW has now also put her into their Identification Program. Erin stated, “It’s challenging – I love the feeling of getting personal best times, the endorphins and the adrenaline rush.”.
Thirteen-year-old Erin from Elderslie High School, in February this year came 1st in Australia in her race and was 1st in NSW at All Schools in April. Erin was also recently runner up in Wests Junior Sports Champion Awards. Erin states “I felt absolutely incredible as I have trained really hard to get to where I am now.”.
Ten-year-old Mia from Camden Primary School is already giving her sisters a run for their money. Mia came second in the event in 2016 but came out leading the pack in 2017. “I was proud of myself and so excited”, “I love running because it’s fun” Mia said.
Over the next coming season, Ella and Erin will race the Australian Youth Junior Triathlon Series, with locations yet to be advised, however, will most likely be New Zealand, Adelaide, and Queensland. Wests supports the two local girls with assistance with flights, entry fees, and uniform related expenses. The Wooldridge sisters are coached by Guy Creber, are members of the Macarthur Triathlon Club and also Junior members of Wests League Club.