Ready to take on the world
HIGHLY-motivated triathlete Hannah Linde is one of those talented people who excels at just about everything.
Being selected to represent Australia for her second world triathlon championships is the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
She's competed in Hawaii, been a personal trainer and is studying online in between coaching students and working full-time.
The RPS business support officer has also enjoyed success in half marathon running, touch football, swimming and surf life saving.
But it's in triathlon where the Brassall-based 26-year-old is making her current mark.
Since starting the sport in year 11 at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School, the vivacious Ipswich sportswoman has continued a steady rise.
Standing 156cm and weighing 50kg, she's become a dynamic performer.
Her latest honour is being chosen in the Australian team for the world championships in New Zealand on October 22.
She'll line up in the 25-29 years age group, having competed at the 2005 world titles in Hawaii.
"Now being 26, I'm more mentally and physically mature and I think I will do a lot better this time round," she said.
"With triathlon, you really do get better with age."
That was shown with a second placing overall from seven events in her age group during the highly competitive Queensland Gatorade series. She placed in three races.
"This year I'm aiming for number one," she said.
However, it's away from competition that the self- confessed shy person also shines.
Ipswich born and bred, Linde has been coaching cross country and athletics at Ipswich Girls' Grammar while tackling a Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education and a Bachelor of Business.
She enjoys helping young people in between working full-time and her online studies at the University of Southern Queensland.
"I really feel like I'm on a roll," the personable Linde said.
"Life's great and happy and I like the coaching. It's my third year and I like giving back where it all began for me."
Linde is the QT-City of Ipswich senior sportstar for July. She is the latest monthly winner in the prestigious 2012/2013 awards backed by Ipswich City Council.
Linde trains about 10 hours a week over her three disciplines.
"Swimming is my strongest so I don't do much swimming," she said, regularly competing over the "sprint" distance of 750m.
"I just rely on my natural ability for that one. But I do a lot of bike and running."
Her regular triathlon competitions feature a 20km ride and 5km run.
Linde also tackled the gruelling Ironman Triathlon (over Olympic distances) in Cairns, where she finished 17th in her age group.
"I probably didn't do enough training for that because I'm so busy," she said. "So I'm really focusing on my fast-twitch muscles now and getting that speed back into my legs."
Given what she's achieved, Linde is a deserved sportstar winner, even though she admits slipping under the radar.
"I'm confident but I'm shy," the Ipswich all-rounder said.
Hannah Linde. Age: 26.
Major success: Chosen to represent Australia at the world age triathlon championships in New Zealand (October).
Previous achievements: Second overall (25-29 years) in 2011/12 Queensland Gatorade Series; third in Ipswich Park2Park half marathon (2009); winner of five gold medals at 2006 Australian Surf Life Saving titles; 12th in 18-19 years at world triathlon championships in Hawaii (2005); Top six placings in 2005 Gatorade Series, the 2005 Mooloolaba Triathlon and 2004 Noosa Triathlon; School prefect, cross country and touch football captain at Ipswich Girls' Grammar (2003); Met West representative in touch football, triathlon, cross country, athletics and swimming (1999-2003); won "All-round Proficiency in Sport" award at IGGS (1999-2003).
Why enjoy triathlons: "I love having the three disciplines. I get bored doing the same thing, which is in my lifestyle. Training for three disciplines keeps me motivated."