Siblings strap in for German adventure
IPSWICH triathlete Kym Jaenke will have a helping hand, literally, when she represents Australia at the world championships in Germany.
Jaenke, 30, will be joined by her younger brother Brent, who is a physiotherapist at Physioactive in Roderick Street.
Like his sister, Brent is excited about the international trip to Hamburg, where Kym competes on September 2.
"She is not just my sister, she's one of my best friends,'" Brent, 26, said.
"The fact we can help each other like this is good. I'm looking forward to it."
In the lead-up to the world championships, Brent has been managing what he calls a "stress reaction'' injury in Kym's right ankle.
"She'll be fit on race day," Brent said, also appreciating medical advice from respected Ipswich doctor Roy Saunders.
"Because she hasn't been able to run, she will probably be a bit underdone as far as the running side of things goes.
But the good thing is she's been able to do more training in the other two disciplines swimming and on the bike.
"With any luck, she'll do us pretty proud."
Kym said she felt pain in her fibula bone and nearby muscles after warming up for a recent 10km fun run. She had to stop two minutes into the event.
Since the injury, she's been doing cross training at the gym and water running.
"It is sore, but working with the time that I've got, I'm gradually getting back into it," Kym said.
"It will be good. I'm glad it happened 10 weeks out rather than two weeks out."
Kym said her brother's strapping and advice on injury recovery and cross training had proven invaluable.
The former national swimmer will represent Australia for the first time in triathlon, having only taken up the sport last year.
Her 30-34 years event is the usual triathlon format, featuring a 1500m swim, a 40km ride and 10km run.
"The main difference will be the water temperature over in Hamburg will be considerably colder (14-20 degrees)," she said.
"It will be a wetsuit swim which will be something different."
Kym was selected for the world championships after a series of successes late last year and early this year.
After seeing his sister excel, Brent volunteered his physio services for the national triathlon team. Apart from helping Kym, he will assist other Aussie triathletes during the championships.
"This is the first time I've ever really gone away with a decent sporting team," Brent said.
"I can't wait for it."
Brent, a former swimmer with Vikings club, enjoys working with Ipswich Grammar students. He also regularly helps out other regional sportspeople.
"I'd like to think that I help prevent Kym getting worse and keep her relatively fit and healthy," he said.
Brent and Kym leave for Germany this weekend, joining the national team on Monday. Kym and Brent's proud parents Noel and Lyn will be cheering from the sidelines, along with Kym's partner Peter.