Wanaka triathlete Nicky Samuels has had a boost in her
bid for a place in the New Zealand team at the Commonwealth
Triathlon New Zealand yesterday confirmed Samuels had been
added to the nominations to the New Zealand Olympic Committee
for the women's individual triathlon at the Glasgow Games.
A response from the NZOC is expected next week. Samuels was
initially named a reserve for the mixed team relay but was
not named in the individual event.
She appealed that decision, arguing her achievements should
have earned her a spot beside Andrea Hewitt (Christchurch)
and Kate McIlroy (Wellington).
On review, the Tri NZ selection committee was ''satisfied
Nicky has demonstrated potential to finish in the top six of
the Commonwealth Games field''.
Samuels, who is in Europe completing her preparations for
Glasgow, was delighted at the news.
''I'm very happy to be nominated for the Glasgow team and
have the chance to represent my country if selected,''
''I knew in my heart that my results were good enough to be
in the team. Although it took a bit longer to get to the
bottom of this, it is the right decision, so I'm happy with
''I move into the next training phase motivated and excited
for the challenge that lays ahead and also the chance to race
in Glasgow on a course that is suited to a strength-based
athlete such as myself.''
Tri NZ high-performance director Graeme Maw said the appeal
process had been thorough.
''We were asked to reconsider the available information,
including some specifically highlighted by Nicky, and are now
satisfied Nicky has the potential for a top-six finish,'' Maw
''We are pleased to add Nicky to our nominations and look
forward to hearing from the New Zealand Olympic Committee in
the week ahead.''