Two Macarthur residents have proven they can match it with the world's best triathletes.
Macarthur Triathlon Club members Jessica Monagle and Mark Krause represented Australia at the recent ITU Multisport World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.
The championship combined a range of sporting events, including cross triathlon and duathlon.
Monangle competed in the 30 to 34 years women's cross triathlon competition, which consisted of a 1500-metre swim, a 30-kilometre mountain bike ride and a 7km trail run.
The Camden resident performed well in all three disciplines to finish nine in her Australian debut.
Monagle said it was "absolutely unreal" to wear the iconic green and gold outfit and represent her country.
"I think every kid dreams of that [opportunity] when they're young," she said.
"I'm still pinching myself that it actually happened.
"I can't wait to train even harder and hopefully be back again next year."
Krause represented Australia in the 50 to 54 years men's sprint duathlon competition.
The event consisted of a 5km run, 20km bike ride and a 2.5km run.
Krause started strongly before falling slightly back in the cycle leg. He continued to push hard in the secon run, finishing 37th.
Krause said his main goal at the championship was "to finish and not come last".
"I even ran a personal best for the 5km run," he said.
"It was a real privilege to represent Australia."