We saw SCTA / HCAUS athletes in action at the Caloundra Foreshore Run and also Race # 6 of Allez Sport Sunshine Coast Cross Country Series.
The girls were out in force at both of these events but will start with the Caloundra Foreshore Run where the ladies dominated from the front finishing 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th overall. The males were solid but were outnumbered by the ladies that's for sure.
Another weekend of racing both domestically and Internationally, with Cairns Ironman and 70.3, Asian Championships and Camsur Sprint.
Cairns didn't turn on the perfect weather that we expect at this time of year but at least it wasn't the constant drizzle that we had last year. The day started out with rain but cleared by the start of the 70.3 and Ironman race. It was tough day out on the cycle course with a strong headwind gusting up to 30km/hr on the 2 return journeys from Port Douglas back. There were a lot of souls broken on the run course due to the tough bike conditions.
In the Ironman we had Kate Gazzard who had already qualified for Kona and was fine tuning her preparations for the big one with a hit out here, while Shane Costa lined up in his first ever Ironman. Kate (The Doc of ACT Brumbies) was hoping they would win on Saturday as a lost meant she had to fly out to South Africa on Monday. Unfortunately they lost and Kate needed to be on a plane out of Cairns Airport at 7pm. Well she got there arriving at the airport in her race gear and by reports also to South Africa. Kate had a solid day out finishing in a time of 10.50.59 taking out 2nd 35-39 years and 16th female outright.
Shane Costa aim was to finish his first IM. Not only did he finished but posted a respectable time of 12.14.24 and finished 65th 40-44 years. Shane's day started out with being stung in the swim, but continued on with a solid bike ride and ran well especially as he isn't a noted runner. As the saying says "he runs well for a swimmer" but with the support of his family and friends got to the line to record his first IM finish.
Was great to see former SCTA athlete Michelle Bremer take out 3rd Professional.
In the 70.3 we saw Rachel Cullen and Ben Hogan line up. Rach had another great day out finishing 14th 30-34 years in 5.18.16 finishing 57th female overall. Ben Hogan struggled his way thru missing the cut off time but still crossed the line in 9.03.54 to finish his first 70.3. Plenty of improvement there and experienced gained.
The Filipino connection lined up in the ITU Asian Champs and Challenge Camsur Sprint. Mark Hosana took out the race win in Camsur while we saw Jonard Saim 11th Elite and Claire Adorna 5th U/23 at the Asian Champs.
It was great news to be heard for Savannah Wayner and the Sunshine Coast Tri Academy program, as this has been the one thing I have strived to achieve as a Coach since SCTA's inception back in 2002. Back in 1995 I was fortunate to be named in the Australia ITU Junior Team for the Mexico World Championships. At this time I was the first junior to have been selected. Since then only one other athlete, David Dellow, had been selected in 1999.
Savannah Wayner will be the first ITU Junior named in a Duathlon team and will be the first female junior selected in either a Duathlon or Triathlon team. It has been a huge year for Savannah with finishing grade 12 and starting at Sunshine Coast Uni doing a nutrition course which will help her prepare better as an athlete. Savannah set herself up with a 4th place ITU Junior (3rd Aussie) and 6th ITU Elite at the Oceania Champs on the actual World Champs course last October. Another notable performance saw Savannah finish 4th 17/18 Years at the Australia Youth Champs.
A big weekend of racing for the SCTA / HCAUS athletes not only in Australia but also around the World.
Firstly the South East Asian Games in Singapore over the Olympic distance draft legal saw 2 athletes from each country. From the Philippines we had Claire Adorna and Jonard Saim. In very hot and humid conditions the elements were going to test them all. Claire led from start to finish to claim race winner and SE Asian Champion at the same time winning by over a minute. Jonard raced valiantly to the end but dropping his gels on the bike didn't help him towards the end of the race finishing in 6th position.
In Subic Bay 5150, Mark Hosana from the Philippines lined up and in very hot and humid conditions came away with 8th overall and 3rd Filipino Elite.
Cairns Coral Coast was on as well with Rachel James (PNG) lining up in the sprint division. Weather wasn't kind with a howling wind which forced organisers to turn it into a duathlon as they had trouble anchoring the swim buoys in the water. Rachel is forever improving with each race which saw her finish 6th female overall and 2nd 25-34 years.
While Dan Collins continued his great running form lining up in the Queensland Half Marathon in Brisbane which saw him 4th overall and winning 40-49years in a time of 1:18:34.
Well done SCTA Team. Next race is the Cairns Ironman and 70.3 this weekend