IT’S a jam-packed year for Hillarys teenager Jasmine Greaves who has been selected as first reserve in triathlon at this year’s Youth Olympic Games.
The 16-year-old was nominated by the Australian Olympic Committee to be on standby to compete at the games in Buenos Aires in October.
Her selection comes after she came second in the qualifying event in New Zealand in March.
Greaves said she had been a competitive swimmer for six years before she wanted to try something different, which still included swimming.
In 2016 she competed in a Mullaloo triathlon and “fell in love with the sport”, deciding to pursue triathlon further.
She now trains at Break Your Limits in Subiaco under coach Steve Gleeson.
“I do approximately 20 hours a week – swim three times a week, cycle three times a week and run three times a week, with two sessions most days,” she said.
On top of this, the St Mark’s Anglican Community School Year 12 student also has a “heavy study load” with ATAR subjects.
“But I have a good routine that helps a lot with time management as well as an understanding coach,” she said.
Greaves said she had “mixed feelings” about being selected as first reserve.
“Because there was only one spot it was going to be a massive challenge to qualify so I am extremely proud and happy but a little bit disappointed I was so close but don’t get to go,” she said.
“But I have to continue with my normal training and aim to be in peak performance for October in case I have to attend.
“There is also a camp in September which I will be attending with the Australian team.”
Greaves said she hoped to become a professional triathlete and compete at the Olympic and Commonwealth games.
“I love competing and knowing all the hard work and training has been worthwhile,” she said.
“Despite it being an individual sport, there is great support from other triathletes.
“Triathlon is a sport that you can continue after finishing being an elite athlete.”