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Confident: Glen Alpine's Natalie Van Coevorden feels good ahead of Rotterdam.
Confident: Glen Alpine's Natalie Van Coevorden feels good ahead of Rotterdam.

September is a big month for several members of the Macarthur Triathlon Club.

Natalie Van Coevorden, Shane Parker, Fiona Taylor and Thomas Warren are all competing in various world championship meets overseas.

Parker, from Holsworthy, headed to Canada to compete in the Duathlon World Championship for Australia.

The event was his first time in green and gold since the 2015 world championships. Unfortunately Parker finished 43rd in his category.

Van Coevorden, Taylor and Warren will all participate in the World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam next week.

The trio are among 200 Australians selected to participate in the huge event. Van Coevorden will enter the event ranked 19 in the world.

“I have had one of my most consistent years of racing so far,” she said. “I want to finish Rotterdam with another result that I am proud of and have worked hard for.”

The Glen Alpine resident competed in the Stockholm World Triathlon Series in August as she prepared for Rotterdam.

Finishing 12th overall, she said the event was a challenge.

“Stockholm is a very demanding course,” she said. “I am happy to keep moving forward this year with another consistent result for 2017.”

Van Coevorden said she felt “calm and motivated to deliver a good performance” before the race, her fifth time competing in Stockholm.

“I actually felt like a bit of a local,” she said.

She started her swim well, emerging 10 seconds behind the front group of four. She struggled with the transition to bike, but pushed in the ride and felt confident leading into the run. The weather played an impact however, and hher feet felt “frozen” in the final stage.