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Olympic Champ Emma Snowsill loses selection appeal
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 11th June 2012


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Australia's reigning Olympic Triathlon Champion Emma Snowsill has confirmed that her appeal against non-selection for the London Olympic Games has been unsuccessful.

The selected Australian team is 2009/2010 World Champion Emma Moffatt, Mooloolaba / Sydney 2012 winner Erin Densham and Emma Jackson the 2010 World Under-23 Champion.

Back in July last year after the 'three Emma's' (Moffatt, Jackson, Snowsill respectively) took the top three spots in the ITU World Championship Series Hamburg, most would have predicted that the trio would make up the 2012 Australian team. The return to form and fitness of Erin Densham in Mooloolaba, Sydney and San Diego (second) made that scenario highly unlikely, as non-selection of Denhsam on that form would have been virtually impossible, and with Moffatt already pre-selected, only one place remained for the two Emma's, the Australian selectors choosing Jackson ahead of Snowsill.

Despite her disappointment, you can't fault the class and graciousness with which Emma Snowsill has responded to the huge blow of not being able to defend her gold medal.

From her website statement:

I wish to announce that my appeal to the Triathlon Australia Appeals Tribunal has been dismissed.

Whilst I am upset with the outcome, I have to respect the decision of the Tribunal and will not be pursuing the matter further. I would like to stress that my appeal never involved a merits review of any of the athletes involved, nor the selection committee’s decision. It instead went to matters concerning the selection process, however the Tribunal was satisfied that there was no legal error to be found in the evidence before it.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind words and support. It has been a difficult time and one I am glad to have resolved. To that end, I would like to again apologise to those affected by my appeal and to thank the other athletes for their discretion in the matter. My appeal was never a criticism of their abilities and I sincerely wish them all the best for their preparations and performances in London.

Thank you again to everyone for your interest and support. I will have more to say in the coming days!

Emma Snowsill


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