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AUSTRALIAN HONOURS: Ipswich triathlete Rebecca Nunn is keen to represent her country next year after facing testing conditions at the world championships in New Zealand.
AUSTRALIAN HONOURS: Ipswich triathlete Rebecca Nunn is keen to represent her country next year after facing testing conditions at the world championships in New Zealand. Rob Williams

FIT, focused and just 24 years of age Ipswich podiatrist Rebecca Nunn has her feet pointing in the right direction.

She's impressed at triathlons around the country, represented Australia overseas and is helping others as a coach.

Her life is busy but more settled as she chases higher goals.

"I represented Queensland when I was at school," Nunn said.

"When I went to university I backed off my training so I could focus on my studies.

"This is my second year out of uni so I can support myself now and pay my own way so I can get back into it.

"While you are at uni you feel guilty doing training while studying. It's hard to get that balance mentally, especially in a sport like triathlon."

Nunn is the QT-City of Ipswich senior sportstar for September in the new series of awards backed by Ipswich City Council.

The biggest challenge so far of her short career will come next year when she tackles the world championships in London.

"It's the same course as the Olympics," the 160cm former QUT student said.

As vice-president of the Ipswich Triathlon Club, Nunn enjoys helping other competitors, including a junior squad.

She's been involved in many sports including swimming, cross country, athletics, soccer and steeplechasing at national level.

The Ipswich sportswoman is keen to develop her coaching skills in triathlon, to complement her skills as an athletics coach and assisting at the Swim Factory.

"The most satisfying part is the adrenalin rush you get when you finish," she said, having been with the triathlon club for 11 years.

"The toughest part is getting up at five o'clock in the morning during winter."

Nunn encountered the chill representing Australia for the first time at the recent world championships in Auckland.

After a disappointing swim leg, she set personal bests on the ride and run legs on her way to finishing 36th in the 20-24 years age group.

"The cold got to me. It was awful weather conditions," the former Central State School and Bremer State High School student said.

"The maximum temperature was 16 degrees all week and the water was 14 degrees. Before I even got in the water, my legs were shaking."

Nunn qualified for the championships in New Zealand after competing at major events in Perth, Sydney and Mooloolaba. Her best finish was fourth in her age group in Perth.

"It was 44 degrees. I like the heat way better than the cold," she said.

Latest stars

  • Triathlete Rebecca Nunn joins the earlier winners in the 2012-13 QT-City of Ipswich Sports Awards.
  • Olympic swimming prospect Leah Neale is the September junior winner.
  • The August monthly stars were Queensland over-35s touch representative Melita Mackay and junior winner, Aussie rules talent John Mason.
  • Triathlete Hannah Linde was the first senior winner (July) in the new series with the junior monthly star being swimmer Megan Gianotti.
  • The October winners will be named soon.
  • To nominate an achiever for a sport excellence bursary and the chance to be a monthly star, see the coupons that appear regularly in the QT (currently running in Saturday papers).
  • Application forms are also available at all Council offices and council's customer service centre in the mall.
  • Forms can also be downloaded from council's website, or can be posted to residents on request.

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