Emu Plains local Aimee Carlin can only be described as a real go-getter.
Not only does she juggle university, work as a swim instructor and train for international triathlon competitions, the 20-year-old is also busy raising funds to enable to her to represent Australia in Switzerland later this year.
Following a strong Australian season where she won or placed in several big events, Carlin was subsequently selected in the Australian Triathlon Team for the second consecutive year. In 2018 she represented her country on the Gold Coast but this September she’ll be doing it in one of the most picturesque places on the planet.
“It was good wearing the green and gold on home turf last year, but representing your country overseas will be even more special,” Carlin told the Weekender.
“The course is near Geneva, which is at the bottom of the mountains and you can see the snow, so I’m pretty excited about that.
“I’ve also never been to Europe before, so it’ll be cool to see a little bit of it when I finish racing.”
Carlin will be competing in the sprint distance 20-24-year-old females category against some of the best triathletes on Earth. In order for Carlin to live out her dream of representing Australia on the world’s stage, the former Western Sydney Academy of Sport athlete needs to raise money to help get her there.
With her employer Nepean Aquatic Centre on board as a sponsor, Carlin will hold a fundraising breakfast BBQ this Saturday, June 1 at the North Penrith-based centre.
Along with a delicious breakfast, there’s set to be plenty of other exciting things happening at the centre on the day.
“The trip is entirely self-funded because the team going over is so large, Triathlon Australia can’t pay for everyone’s uniforms, flights and accommodation,” Carlin said.
“It’s going to be a big expense, so that’s why we are having the BBQ to take some of the pressure off the cost.”
The breakfast BBQ fundraiser will be held at Nepean Aquatic Centre, located at 16-19 Lambridge Place, Penrith on June 1 from 7.45am.
If you would like to donate or sponsor Aimee Carlin’s upcoming Swiss adventure, email [email protected] for more information.
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for nearly a decade.