THE principles needed to be the best in sport and best at work are the same, members of the Nepean Business Networking Group learned when guest Andrea Oracki addressed an early morning meeting this week.
The world champion triathlete was joined by her coach James Sweeney to outline the journey to her top spot.
"You made it sound really easy," one of the members commented afterwards.
It has been anything but that.
It has meant 25-30 hours a week of training —- swimming, running, cycling, stretching — watching her diet and finding the funds. And it has also meant - crucially — a tough mental attitude.
Oracki began by aiming for the Australian team, then shifted her sights when she won two of her qualifying races, having achieved "more than she had thought possible".
And her thought when she became the Aussie champ? "This is what other people do."
It was then that she started reassessing her goals and teaming up with coach Sweeney — and she really took off.
The 100 per cent focus she needed has been strengthened by the support of her husband as she is now aiming for the half ironman event — and then the full ironman.
If you can help Andrea Oracki in any way contact Rodney Forrest at email@example.com