"I guess I didn't really think of it as a career until I left school and when I first finished school I went to university, to begin with, and also joined my first professional squad at the same time," Moana-Veale said.

"Eventually triathlon took over because I had results and I guess it almost happened organically without having to think too much on it."

However, after a solid year of competing and winning the Australian Junior Championship plus getting Junior European Cup wins and top 10 finishes at World Cups, she battled stress fractures every year until 2017.

It became a hard cycle to break and hindered her chances at making the 2018 Commonwealth Games team.

"[I] had a bit of injury before that and hadn't had the performances I needed to be competitive at that time," Moana-Veale said.

"So I think leading into that and having a lot of injuries which hindered [it] but at that time I wasn't in the position to get selected."

Making the Australian squad is no easy feat with triathletes likes of Ash Gentle, Gillian Backhouse and Charlotte McShane also looking to make the team. 

Triathlon is still quite new to the Olympics, it's actually the quickest of any sport to be added to the Olympic program, having been accepted 1994 but only made its debut in Sydney 2000.

The level of competitiveness in triathlon from nations like Great Britain and the United States has continued to grow and has seen Australia struggle to win a medal since Erin Densham at London 2012.

For Moana-Veale, she knows the challenges she faces going into the next 12 months but as long as she has given it all, she's knows that is all she can do. 

"I'm progressing as best I can and it is possible but it will be very difficult," she said.

"I'm very aware of how difficult everything will be but things are tracking along the best as I could hope at the moment so as long as I am consistent with my racing there's always an opportunity there."