Emma Jeffcoat: Lifesaver turned Triathlon Sensation
24-year-old Australian athlete Emma Jeffcoat was one of the stand-out performers in the 2018/19 Super League Triathlon Championship Series. Her killer swim speed coupled with some fantastic bike to run strength saw her finish in 9th place overall and gain automatic qualification to the 2019/20 season.
Currently out showcasing her improvements, Emma is putting all of her gains to work in other formats. This weekend she won the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup in Hungary in stunning fashion taking the tape with a sprint finish across the line.
I was really relaxed on the run and backed myself till the end, with about 200m to go I kicked and hoped I had enough to take the tape! Stoked to win another World Cup off what was considered my weakness – the run.
Emma is a former surf lifesaver who turned professional triathlete in 2015. A steady stream of results followed, but it was her time racing the punchy and aggressive formats of Super League that catapulted her forward.
I definitely think the Super League racing has given me the critical speed and additional skills to be confident on any course.
Qualifying out of 2018 Super League Poznan, Emma seized the opportunity presented to her with both hands. A string of top 10 finishes across the SLT season saw her move from qualifier to outright contender.
Building throughout the series she finished off with an 8th place at the Grand Final in Singapore – her best result to date. In doing so, Emma secured herself the Blue Jersey designating her the fastest swimmer across the series.
Not content with simply being one of the best multi-sport athletes on the planet, Emma has also recently completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Sydney, under the Elite Athlete Scholarship Program. She has a passion for emergency and intensive care speciality work.
With the start of the 2019/20 Super League Championship approaching fast – RBC Jersey, 28-29 September – Emma will be readying herself for an assault on the pointy end of proceedings. With the improvements we’ve seen across the board we are expecting to see big things from this tremendous athlete as the SLT Championship roars back into life.
Follow Emma’s journey to Super League 2019/20 on her social media channels:
- @emmajeffcoat – Instagram
- @ErJeffcoat – Twitter
Pay close attention to all of our channels as the season start gets closer – we’ll be featuring all our athletes as we build towards RBC Jersey!