Joyner triathlete Emma Jackson is facing an anxious wait to
see if her Olympic dream will come true.
Joyner's Emma Jackson, left, is having her position in the Australian Olympic triathlon team challenged by Emma Snowsill, right.
Triathlon Australia has nominated to the Australian Olympic
Committee that Jackson, Erin Densham and dual world champion Emma Moffatt be the
three-member Australian women’s team for next month’s Olympic Games in London.
However, reigning Olympic champion Emma Snowsill, who was
omitted from the team for the London Games, has appealed her non-selection in
Snowsill confirmed she was appealing her non-nomination to the
Australian Olympic Team via her website.
“I recognise that my decision affects people other than myself
and I’m sorry for any hurt that my actions might cause,” she wrote.
“I personally feel it is a matter of importance that I take all
avenues available to me to achieve my dream of competing at a second Olympic
“Whatever the outcome, I will attempt to take all endeavours to
see that the process is resolved as quickly as possible to hopefully serve as
small a disruption to the team’s preparation.”
In an email sent from in Europe, Jackson declined to comment on
the issue, other to say that situation was “ all very confusing”.
Jackson, 20, was the highest placed Australian last year’s
world championship series, finishing fourth in the world, and has also finished
ahead of Snowsill four of the last five times they have raced.
Samford Valley’s Rina Hill, who was picked ahead of Snowsill
and triathlon legend Michellie Jones to represent Australia at the 2004 Athens
Olympics, said she “would have bet my life” Snowsill was named in the team for
“All credit to Emma Jackson, she has been performing well, but
the Olympics is a different kettle of fish altogether,” Hill said.
“Snowsill is the reigning Olympic champion and they know she
can perform at those particular races.
“I was just surprised that they (the selectors) didn’t go with
the safer option and say Emma (Snowsill) because we know she can perform under
pressure and she’s done it before.”
Hill believes her own experience with the appeals process for
Australian triathlon teams hints at Snowsill being given Jackson’s spot for
Hill argued her results in selection events for the 1999 World
Championships should have given her a place in the Australian team, however
two-time world champion Emma Carney was named instead.
Hill then challenged the selectors’ decision to deny her a
place in the Australian team, but her appeal failed.
“They selected someone who hadn’t been performing but because
of her name she got in, but it’s very hard to win a challenge like that,” she
“I feel bad for all the girls involved because the last thing
they need coming into the Olympics is to be worried who are the actual team
“It’s just ridiculous that this late in the game this is all
happening. It’s just going to disrupt everyone.”
Snowsill’s appeal was heard by an independent three-person
Olympic Appeals Tribunal on Monday night.