Leanda Cave speaks of her desire to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
In an interview with Wales Online, Leanda Cave, 2012 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Champion, spoke of her desire to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games this summer. Although Wales’ triathlon team has not yet officially been revealed current ITU World Champion Non Stanford and Olympian Helen Jenkins have already qualified and should be in with a very good shout. Jenkins will be returning to the sport this year after injury forced her to take 18 months off and Cave has faced her own trials over the last 12 months after being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer and taking time off to heal a torn hamstring. She’s back in good form now though and is keen to do everything she can to secure a spot at the Games in Glasgow, with several South American ITU races lined up over the coming months.
An appearance at the Games this year would mark her third, after winning silver at the 2002 Games in Manchester and competing in Melbourne in 2006.
“Thinking of Glasgow gives me goose bumps,” she said in an interview with the Welsh paper. “To be given the opportunity to go to the Commonwealth Games again after such a long time would be an amazing feeling. I would love to help the girls [Stanford and Jenkins] succeed. I think I have the ability to help the other athletes on the team with my strong swim and bike background. I am a competitor first and foremost and would give everything to do well.”
On transitioning from Iron distances to the shorter Olympic race she said, “I will just have to adjust my mentality… I have always raced Olympic distances, so it’s not something I am afraid of… I spent the off season taking care of my body and doing all the little things I had done in the past. I feel good about this year because I am exactly where I need to be right now. I am back training and my body is 100 per cent.”
“My goals for the first half of the year will be the Commonwealths and they will shift pretty quickly,” she went on. “After that, I will try to qualify for Kona.”