What can you say about the two small packages of dynamite we proudly call Goondiwindi’s “Twinnies”?
They were the talk of the town last week.
First, Elle became the Elite Under 19 World Aquathon Champion.
A few days later her sister Zoe took on the world’s best junior triathletes only a week after a nasty bike fall in Canada.
Zoe was riding to the race site for her final pre-worlds event when her gear bag fell off her shoulder and became entangled in her front wheel, forcing her over the handlebars, smashing her face into the road.
She broke most of her teeth, requiring braces to be fitted to hold her remaining teeth in her mouth.
She also suffered severe bruising to her eyes and cheek, only just escaping injuries that would have kept her sidelined.
“I didn’t look to good but I have made a good recovery considering; but I did think “oh no” what about my World Championship, but I got patched up and here I am,” Zoe said.
“And I was so thrilled to see Elle win… so proud of her.”
Despite all that and in tough conditions, she came 30th.
They certainly breed them tough out Goondiwindi way.
Proud mum, Chissy told us they couldn’t be prouder of their efforts. And that Zoe stayed on the bike.
“The race is done and dusted and no spills and broken teeth. Got to be happy with that,” Chrissy told us. “She had a great swim and bike but she is not too happy with her run but got a spot in the relay tomorrow at 9am so, go Aussie, Aussie, Aussie,” she said.
Both Zoe and Elle said they have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from “back home”.
Earlier in the week Elle won the Elite Under 19 World Aquathon Championships in Mexico.
She was there originally to cheer on Zoe. However due to her own past triathlon performances she was eligible to take part in the Aquathon. The two events are swimming and running.
Triathlon Australia said: It was an “Elle of a day for the Brisbane-based girl from Goodiwindi Elle Leahy who laid it all on the line to win Australia's first gold medal of the 28th ITU World Triathlon Championships.
“Coach Josh White cheering her on, Elle took the gold medal with a stunning performance to finish sixth overall in the Elite women's field.”
The 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final is in Cozumel, Mexico. It showcases the world’s best triathletes. In all, more than 8000 of the world’s best triathletes will compete for world titles over five days of competition.