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A Queenstowner has joined a top triathlon team in Germany to gauge her chances of going pro. 

Tanya Dromgool, 25, flew over to Europe last week to sign up with the semi-professional AZL team in Sigmaringen. 

The squad lives in a boarding hostel, trains together and races every weekend in the German league. 

Dromgool – who’s taken four months’ leave of absence from her compliance officer job at Lakes Environmental – says the camp is “a kind of a taste-tester”. 

“I always compete against girls who do triathlons full-time so it will good to see how I go against them when I’m on the same playing field. 

“When you’re young and you’ve got a talent, you may as well see where you can go with it.” 

While overseas, Dromgool will also hook up with New Zealand coach John Hellemans’ elite Dutch team in Switzerland for two weeks. 

Dromgool did an altitude training camp conducted by Hellemans last summer at Wanaka’s Snow Farm. 

In September, she’ll race in the NZ 25-29 age group team at the world champs in China, before returning home. 

Her only other world champs were in Germany in 2007, when she was still new to the sport. 

Formerly based in Tauranga, Dromgool used to row but changed sports “because I was too small”. 

She then lost two years after separately breaking both feet while racing and training and only returned last season after shifting to Queenstown a year ago. Dromgool competed well in last summer’s national series – her best result was fourth in the Wanaka leg. 

She was undefeated in the five-race Southern Tri Series, including the two Lake Hayes tris.