CHRISTMAS has come early for Woolgoolga's Emma Moffatt following her early nomination by Triathlon Australia for selection in the 2012 Australian Olympic Team.
While her nomination is subject to ongoing form and fitness and to be officially confirmed in June 2012, Moffat is one of the first Australian athletes to secure a ticket to London.
It will be Moffatt's second Olympic Games after claiming bronze in Beijing.
Chair of Selectors Michelle Gallen said today: "Emma Moffatt has been the most consistent top 10 female performer during the selection period to date.
"Emma consistently shows the mental capability to race and perform in major ITU International races. She is a key athlete within the Triathlon Australia High Performance National Program and consistently displays team concepts.
"During the 2011 ITU WCS season Moffatt finished in the top 15 in seven of the ITU Series events, including three where she finished in the top five, also securing a win in Hamburg."
Moffatt said that knowing she had secured early nomination for London would make it "that much easier" to get out of bed every morning to go training.
"It is pretty special to know you are preparing for your second Olympics and mentally that's a big thing more than anything else," said Moffatt, as she battled the "London-like conditions" that have besieged the Gold Coast in recent days.
"It is going to be important to stay fresh, injury free and healthy in the lead up to London and if I can go to London next year and get another podium finish then that would be fantastic.
"The Olympics will certainly be a wide open race. In recent times it has not been dominated by just one person. There are lots of girls and you never know what happens on the day. I just have to make sure I'm in the best possible shape on the day.
"The big thing for me is getting my confidence back. After winning Olympic bronze in 2008, I went into 2009 and 2010 with my confidence sky high but I lost confidence through 2011.
"I need to get that back and I know it hasn't been my best year but I am looking forward to the Olympic preparation and racing in Mooloolaba and Sydney next year.
"I love racing at home and that just might be the confidence booster I need.
"There is no doubt that the Beijing Olympics provided the highlight of my career so far and I'm looking forward to that experience being bigger and better."
Moffatt, is a two-time ITU World Champion in 2009 and 2010, having won five ITU World Championship Series races and notching up 13 ITU WCS podium finishes.
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