The 27th running of the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival had everything over the weekend with fast and furious racing, Australian Titles on the line, storms and heavy rain and hot and humid conditions. It had it all.
The Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium athletes raced extremely well with a new Australian Champion with Jordan Gover taking out the 45-49 Years. We added another 3 Australian silver medals as well to the Honour Board making it 81 Australian Championships Medals with Michael Hooper 20-24 (First Sunshine Coast Local Home), Nicholas Hull 30-34 and Brett Stalley 55-59.
Carol Wooldridge in her first Mooloolaba and OD race took 2nd Athena's, but unfortunately there is no Australian Medals for this category. Lucy Bowden just missed the podium in 25-29 with a 4th. Not bad as she had to change her tyre due to a puncture and could of possibly have been on that podium. SCTA took out 2nd place Tri Podium Point score where they took your best 5 results. Awesome job from the Team.
While SCTA Club Members Romy Wolstencroft was 3rd Open Elite Female and in the ITU World Cup Kelly Ann Perkins was 8th in the Female while Ryan Fisher was 15th in the Men. Kaya Shults was 4th 15-19
The addition of the Sprint Distance Draft Legal Triathlon was successful for not only the race, but SCTA Athletes with Tania Gover 1st 41-50, Chloe Turner 2nd 21-30 and 3rd places to Pauline Ashley 41-50 and Gary Turner 61+. 5th places to Mick Glover 31-40 and Rebecca Howell 21-30.
The 1km Titan Ocean Swim was run in perfect conditions with a few waves but a lot of running. There were a handful of SCTA athletes swimming with SCTA / PA Junior scholarship Holder Peyton Craig 7th Open Male. SCTA Club Members Romy Wolstencroft 1st Junior Female while Brittany Dutton 6th Open Female.
On the Friday a lot of the SCTA Juniors were laced up to run the 5km Twilight run, but a massive storm hit prior to the run start and the race had to be cancelled due to safety reasons. The right call was made as it didn't clear for hours afterwards.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival - Australian Age Group Championships - 15 - 17.03.19 ITU World Cup - 750/20/5 Kelly Ann Perkins - 8th Place Female Ryan Fisher - 15th Place Male Mooloolaba Triathlon - 1.5/40/10 Jordan Gover - 1st Place 45-49 Years Male - Australian Champion Michael Hooper - 2nd Place 20-24 Years Male - First Sunshine Coast Male / Silver Australian Champs Brett Stalley - 2nd Place 55-59 Years Male - Silver Australian Champs Nicholas Hull - 2nd Place 30-34 Years Male - Silver Australian Champs Carol wooldridge - 2nd place Athena's SCTA - 2nd Place Tri Club Podium Point score Romy Wolstencroft - 3rd Place Open Elite Female - First Sunshine Coast Female Lucy Bowden - 4th Place 25-29 Years Female Kaya Shults - 4th Place 15-19 Years Female Ella Wooldridge - 5th Place Mixed Teams Kitouli Wood - 8th Place 15-19 Years Female Ron Craig - 9th Place Premium Mates Wave Maddison Dutton - 11th Place 20-24 Years Female John Maunder - 13th Place 25-29 Years Male Janelle McCosker - 13th Place Female Teams Wade Scougall - 17th Place 40-44 Years Male Jake Hynes - 18th Place Open Elite Male Norm Marsh - 28th Place 50-54 Years Male Grant Elliot - 33rd Place Premium Mates Wave Jessica Lee - 41st Place 35-39 Years Female Greg Rhebock - 52nd Place 30-34 Years Male Drew Walker - 63rd Place 40-44 Years Male Lance Weatherburn - 76th Place 35-39 years Male Ella Craig - 76th Place Mixed Teams Mark Corcoran - 106th Place 45-49 Years Male Sprint Distance - 750/20/5 Draft Legal Tania Gover - 1st Place 41-50 Years Female Chloe Turner - 2nd Place 21-30 years Female - 5th Female Overall Pauline Ashley - 3rd Place 41-50 Years Female Gary Turner - 3rd Place 60+ Years Male Rebecca Howell - 5th Place 21-30 Years Female Mick Glover - 5th Place 31-40 Years Male Toni Weller - 7th Place 41-50 Years Female
Mooloolaba 1km Ocean swim - 16.03.19 Peyton Craig - 7th Place OPEN Male Ron Craig - 19th Place Legend Male
The Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Juniors have been going to the Queensland Schools Triathlon Championships for the past 15 years, where we have had at least 1 athlete be selected for the Qld Team each year. Prior to this weekend 49 had been selected. In the 16th Year, SCTA had 3 more athletes added to the Honour Board of making the Qld Team.
During the night a massive downpour occurred at Hervey Bay, but we woke to dry roads, a light breeze and cloudy conditions. The Senior Male and Female were up first starting at 8:00am followed by the Intermediates and then the Juniors. SCTA had 12 racing which included the Junior Scholarship Holders of Macey Roberts and Peyton Craig.
In the Junior Female (36 athletes) over the distance of 750/20/5 Jazi Coventry led the swim out and had a strong bike to come off with the leader, while Ella Wooldridge had a strong swim by her behalf and rode thru the field to come off the bike in 3rd. Ella ran well to take 2nd place with Jazi in 3rd place only 12 seconds behind. SCTA Junior scholarship holder Macey Roberts (Darling Downs) had a strong day out finishing off with a very strong run to move herself into 11th Place.
The progression from last year to this year saw all 3 girls move into the Seniors from Intermediate Jazi Coventry - 2017 3rd Place Intermediate Female / 2018 3rd Place Senior Female Macey Roberts - 2017 16th Place Intermediate Female / 2018 11th Place Senior Female Ella Wooldridge - 2017 - NSW / 2018 2nd Place Senior Female
In the Intermediate Males (68 athletes) was held over the 500/15/4 and was a very competitive field. Anyone of 10 athletes could have taken the title out on their respective day. And we saw that that with a large group coming off the bike together. Ryan Marsh had a good swim and had one the fastest rides to put himself in contention with the top 8 off the bike. On exiting the run he ripped his shoe slightly open. He had been battling a chest infection for the past 2 weeks which has happened his breathing. He finished off in 10th. Jack Dann (Darling Downs) put a strong swim and cycle together and ran strongly for him to hold on to 29th place, while Jericho Pogany (Wide Bay) who does a lot of his training at home via a program made his debut at this level with a strong showing to finish 36th and learnt some valuable lessons as well.
The progression from last year to this year Ryan Marsh - 2017 17th Place Intermediate Male / 2018 10th Place Intermediate Male Jack Dann - 2017 45th Place Intermediate Male / 2018 29th Place Intermediate Male Jericho Pogany - 2018 36th Place Intermediate Male
The Intermediate Females (69 athletes) was no different to the Males. A very competitive field and some very close racing. Erin Wooldridge led the charge in the girls and was riding well to be up there in the front, however was done for drafting which meant a 3 min penalty!! She put it behind and ran extremely well to finish 10th. Kayleigh Foster had a great swim and run to finish 27th, while Jorja Matthews rode well and worked thru the run to finish 31st.
The progression from last year to this year Erin Wooldridge - 2017 NSW - 2018 10th Place Intermediate Female Kayleigh Foster - 2017 13th Place Intermediate Female / 2018 27th Place Intermediate Female Jorja Matthews - 2017 38th Place Intermediate Female / 2018 31st Place Intermediate Female
In the Junior Male (85 athletes) over the 300/10/2, SCTA Junior scholarship Holder Peyton Craig had a strong swim and then fastest run to take the title after being 30 seconds down off the bike. He turned the tide on the 2 competitors that beat him the week before. Scott Marsh battle his way to the end after a recent operation on his nose and just getting some fitness back to finish 84th. The progression from last year to this year Peyton Craig - 2017 8th Place Junior Male / 2018 1st Place Junior Male Scott Marsh - 2017 67th Place Junior Male / 2018 84th Place Junior Male
While in the Junior Female (74 athletes) Mia Wooldridge racing girls a year older than her, had a strong swim for her, worked her way on the bike and then had the fastest run overall, with only 2 Junior Boys running faster than her. She ran herself into 10th place. This was her first year being able to compete in the Triathlon
We had 3 Primary School Juniors that lined up in the Aquathlon with a 1km Run / 200m Swim / 1km Run . In the Females (85 Athletes) Heidi Craig had a great race to take out 43rd and 4th Sunshine Coast while Zoe Davis was 75th. In the Males (86 Athletes) Jake Hammond was 54th and was 5th Sunshine Coast.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below Queensland Schools Triathlon Championships - Hervey Bay 08-09.03.19 Senior Female - 750/20/5 Ella Wooldridge - 2nd Place - Qualified for Queensland Team Jazi Coventry - 3rd Place - Qualified for Queensland Team Macey Roberts - 11th Place Intermediate Male - 500/15/4 Ryan Marsh - 10th Place Jack Dann - 29th Place Jericho Pogany - 36th Place Intermediate Female - 500/15/4 Erin Wooldridge - 10th Place Kayleigh Foster - 27th Place Jorja Matthews - 31st Place Junior Male - 300/10/2 Peyton Craig - 1st Place - Qualified for the Queensland Team Scott Marsh - 84th Place Junior Female - 300/10/2 Mia Wooldridge - 10th Place Aquathlon Primary School Male - 1km Run / 200m Swim / 1km Run Jake Hammond - 54th Place Aquathlon Primary School Female - 1km Run / 200m Swim / 1km Run Heidi Craig - 43rd Place Zoe Davis - 75th Place
A massive weekend of racing from the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes racing in various parts of Australia and across the Ditch in NZ
Devonport was the backdrop for the Oceania Elite, U/23 and Junior Sprint Championships and was the Australian Sprint Championships for Youth "A" and "B" and the finale of the Australian Junior and Youth National Series. Under perfect conditions for racing on the Apple Isle, SCTA had 6 athletes competing and 3 SCTA Club Members.
Mia Wooldridge is SCTA newest Australian Champion taking out the Youth "B" Female Title. SCTA Junior Scholarship Holder Peyton Craig didn't have the best of races to come away 4th Youth "B". Ryan Marsh was under the weather with a chest infection, but fought on the bike to pull the second pack up to the front pack to give himself a chance and be in the mix. He struggled to breath on the run course but dug deep to come away with 9th place only 50 seconds off the winner in Youth "A"
Erin Wooldridge was having a great race in Youth "A" and bridging the gap to the front girls when she punctured on the last lap the furthest part away from transition and was unable to finish. Ella Wooldridge raced in her firstOceania Junior Champs and giving up experience and strength to girls up to 3 years older than her. She finished ion 12th place and 8th Australian. Future looking good to all the SCTA Juniors that raced in Devonport as we turn our eyes to the Queensland Schools Triathlon Champs in Hervey Bay on Friday.
In the Elite Female we had Chloe Turner back for her first race at the Elite level after a few years away from the sport and finished 28th Female. SCTA Club members in the mix included Ryan Fisher 5th Elite Male, Romy Wolstencroft 6th U/23 and 10th Elite and Brittany Dutton 10th U/23 and 15th Elite
Under heavy skies and rain, Jake Hynes and Lucy Bowden made the trip down to Coffs Harbour for their annual Triathlon. Lucy had a great race to take the win in 25-29 and 4th Female overall behind 3 professional female. Jake Hynes took out 2nd place 16-19 and 10th overall in a very competitive Male field.
Raby Bay was the finale of the Queensland Triathlon Series held over 7 races. With so much racing on this weekend numbers were down, but the results were just as good with 9 athletes racing, 8 were on the podium with 4 category wins. Wins went to Alana Park (20-24 LC), Brett Stalley (55-59 LC), Thomas Clarke (16-19 SS) and Gary Turner (70-74 SS). 2nd Places went to Jorja Matthews (14-15 SS and 4th Female Overall) and Paul Marchant (25-29 LC) while rounding out the podium with 3rd was Rebecca Howell (20-24 LC) and Pauline Ashley (45-49 SS). They did announce the Series winners but hasn't been posted on the website yet. Will update once I get results.
Across the ditch for the New Zealand Ironman and 70.3, SCTA had 3 athletes racing. In the IM was Tara Partridge and Kevin Hammond. In the 70.3 was Angie Hammond. It was a cool swim for the athletes and the first part of the bike was quiet chilly. As the day progress the temps increased slightly around the 20 degrees. The wind did its usual self over the there and swung around throughout the ride leg. It was a tough day out there for all the athletes. Kevin was home first in 59th 40-44 and 11:51:16 and Tara was 15th 45-49 and 13:10:38. Angie had a solid day out in the 70.3 to finish 8th 40-44 and 6:02:00
Mooloolaba was the scene for the World Swim Series. The Saturday's race was shortened due to the waves and chop. Was supposed to be 2.5km but ended up being around the 1200m where Gary Latimer was 8th 35-39. Next day saw the 1600m swim where Janelle McCosker took out the win 55-59.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below Coffs Harbour Triathlon - 03.03.19 - 1.5/40/10 Lucy Bowden - 1st Place 25-29 Years Female - 4th Female Overall Jake Hynes - 2nd Place 16-19 Years Male - 10th Overall QTS # 7 Raby Bay Triathlon - 03.03.19 Long Course - 900/25/8 Brett Stalley - 1st Place 55-59 Years Male Alana Park - 1st Place 20-24 Years Female Paul Marchant - 2nd Place 25-29 Years Male Rebecca Howell - 3rd Place 20-24 Years Female Super Sprint - 400/15/4 Thomas Clarke - 1st Place 16-19 Years Male Gary Turner - 1st Place 70-74 Years Male Jorja Matthews - 2nd Place 14-15 Years Female - 4th Female overall Pauline Ashley - 3rd Place 45-49 Years Female Kool Kids - 100/2/500 Billie Elsum - 36th Place 7-9 Years Female
Australian Youth Championships - 02.03.19 - 400/14/3 Mia Wooldridge - 1st Place ITU Youth "B" Female - National Champion Peyton Craig - 4th Place ITU Youth "B" Male Ryan Marsh - 9th Place ITU Youth "A" Male Ryan Marsh - 3rd Place Mixed Team Relays - Youth
ITU Oceania Sprint Champs - 02.03.19 - 750/20/5 Ryan Fisher - 5th Place ITU Elite Male Romy Wolstencroft - 6th Place ITU U/23 + 10th ITU Elite Female Brittany Dutton - 10th Place ITU U/23 + 15th ITU Elite Female Ella Wooldridge - 12th Place ITU Junior Female Chloe Turner - 28th Place ITU Elite Female
New Zealand Ironman 02.03.19 - 3.8/180/42.2 Tara Partridge - 15th Place 45-49 Years Female Kevin Hammond - 59th Place 40-44 Years Male 70.3 - 1.9/90/21.1 Angie Hammond - 8th Place 40-44 Years Female
Mooloolaba World Swim Series - 02-03.03.19 Janelle McCosker - 1st Place 55-59 Years Female Mile Gary Latimer - 8th Place 35-39 Years Male 2.5km