James Hodge has been selected to represent Australia at the International Triathlon Union’s world championships in Beijing during September.
The 19-year-old Human Life Sciences medical radiation science student will spend two weeks in China to take part in the event, which will pull some of the best competitors in the world.
The International Triathlon Union is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing body for triathlon.
Mr Hodge said he had come to take part in triathlon events under serendipitous circumstances.
“I was a swimmer to start off with, but one of my friends was doing triathlon and kept encouraging me to have a go,” Mr Hodge said.
“So I went and did it and was selected in the state team. The second triathlon I ever did was nationals and I came third – I was sucked right into it then.
“Since those early endeavours in the sport, Mr Hodge has gone from strength to strength, thanks in part to a fierce training regime.
“I competed in the three-race Australia series earlier this year, which consisted of Geelong in February, Mooloolaba in March and Sydney in April,” he said.
“I won all three races so I was crowned Australian series champion and Australian champion as well, because Mooloolaba was also the Australian championships.”
To prepare for the Beijing event, Mr Hodge is training twice a day, every day, and swimming four times a week.
“It is exciting; I only got my passport today,” Mr Hodge laughed.
“I’ve never been out of Australia in my life so I’m looking forward to it.”
Picture: Human Life Sciences medical radiation science student James Hodge.