Natalie Van Coevorden makes Macarthur return after big season

Macarthur roots: Natalie Van Coevorden reflected on the impact the Macarthur community has had on her career as a triathlete. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeNatalie Van Coevorden has returned to Macarthur to prepare for the another busy year in triathlon.

The Australian triathlete recently arrived home in Glen Alpine after competing in the ITU Traithlon World Series abroad.

After finishing seventh in the series grand final in Chicago, Van Coevorden has re-established herself in Macarthur to ease back into preparations for events this year.

‘‘It’s so nice to be back home,’’ Van Coevorden, 23, said.

‘‘It is a good time to catch up with people I haven’t seen for a long time [since] being overseas and sponsors that support me.’’

Van Coevorden’s season wasn’t without complications as she spent about a week in a hospital in Spain recovering from pancreatitis.

‘‘It was super hard for me with no family support, barely any English and not being able to eat food.

‘‘I eased back into training, backed myself and had some of my best races all year coming off this.’’

The triathlete has come a long way from swimming nine times a week at pools around Campbelltown and representing Macarthur Triathlon club in events to be ranked 73 in the World Triathlon Series.

‘‘The Macarthur Triathlon Club always welcome me back and I love seeing the development that the club as had over the past few years,’’ she said.

‘‘Guy Creber runs a great junior program there, one of the best in NSW, which is continuing to grow with much credit to him.’’

Under the guidance of national performance coach Jamie Turner, Van Coevorden hopes to compete at Olympic level in the future.

To follow Natalie’s journey, visit the ‘Natalie Van Coevorden Australian Triathlete’ Facebook page or natalievc2212 on Twitter.

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