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“First time on the big girl blue carpet today and it did not disappoint!” Roderick wrote on social media of her WTCS bow.

“Really proud of my performance today for my first time at this level! Looking forward to building from this 🖤.”

That opportunity will present itself sooner than Roderick had anticipated and comes in the first of four crucial Mixed Relays this year. Van der Kaay and Hayden Wilde are set to return to the NZL line-up for the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in Hamburg on July 16 while there are further opportunities for selection rotation at WTCS-Sunderland (July 30) and the Paris Olympic Test event (August 20).

While all four relays carry important Olympic ranking points, Hamburg is the year’s key relay date given it’s duel WTCS-World Championship status. NZL can guarantee a team slot at next year’s Paris Games, and therefore starts in the earlier individual Olympic races for two males and two females, by finishing as the highest team in Germany, not counting already qualified France and Great Britain.

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