Another big weekend of competition for the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes that were in action at the National Schools Cross Country Champs, Rabat African Games and Karlovy Vary ITU World Cup.
It was great to see Laurelle Brown from Zimbabwe back on the start line after a few years off finishing her masters degree, took to the African Games and the Triathlon over the Sprint Distance. She had a great race where she had some work to do after the swim, but powered her way thru the field to come off the bike in a group of 3. Then it was down to a running race. She came away with 2nd place only 18 seconds behind the winner. Laurelle back up on the Sunday in the mixed Team Relay that saw there team finish 5th, where she had the fastest female split.
Down at Kembla Grange for the National Schools Cross Country in warm and fast conditions, we had 4 Juniors running over the Saturday. The start was vital with a short sprint to the first corner and a narrowing course which made it difficult to overtake. Mia Wooldridge was first off the rank in the U/14 Girls lining up against 82 Girls. She had a good start and was in the top 6 for a while. she gave it her all to come away in 21st place.
Peyton Craig was in the U/16 Males 4km. It was going to be a tough assignment in a double age group and racing against boys up to and more than a year older. As the defending champion in the U/14 Boys he lined up against 81 boys on the start line. Peyton had a strong to run to finish 28th.
In the U/18 Years 4km Girls we had SCTA Junior scholarship Holder Ella Wooldridge and Jazi Coventry on the start line with 93 girls. It w a s fast and furious start and saw Ella lead for majority of the first lap. She faded on the 2nd lap to finish 47th, while Jazi finished 68th.
Always tough competition at this level racing against pure runners that don't have to worry about training for 3 disciplines. It is great experience for them all that they will learn from and will be looking forward to the start of the Triathlon Season.
SCTA Club Member Kelly Ann Perkins lined up in the Karlovy Vary ITU World Cup in Czech Republic. She was up out of the water with the lead girls and looked to have a tough day in the office to finish 33rd.
Well done to all that Raced. Full results below Rabat African Games - Triathlon - 750/20/5 - 24-25.08.19 Laurelle Brown - 2nd Place ITU ELITE Female Laurelle Brown 5th Place Mixed Team Relays
National Schools Cross Country Championships - Kembla Grange - 24-26.08.19 Mia Wooldridge - 21st Place U/14 Years Girls Peyton Craig - 28th Place U/16 Years Boys Ella Wooldridge - 47th Place U/18 Years Girls Jazi Coventry - 68th Place U/18 Years Girls
Karlovy Vary ITU World Cup - 25.08.19 - 1.5/40/10 Kelly Ann Perkins - 33rd Place ITU ELITE Female
A massive weekend of racing by the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes that were in action at Rainbow Beach Double Tri, Townsville Triathlon Festival, Tokyo Olympic ITU Qualification Event and Mont Tremblant Ironman.
Each year the SCTA Athletes head to Rainbow Beach to kickstart the season off. It is a great regional event that we will support each year. As a Coach, it gives myself a good indicator to see how the winter base has been laid and the foundations set for the season ahead. We saw the results from the foundation that has been laid during the winter months.
Consistency, persistency and the willing to be better each session saw Lucy Bowden take out the Female race win both days and take the Female Title and secure a bit of pocket money, but also shows where she is heading into her "A" Race at Sunny Coast 70.3 in a few weeks. A great confidence booster for LB. SCTA / PA Junior scholarship Holder Ella Wooldridge chased Lucy on both days to secure 2nd Female Overall (some pocket money too) and the 17-19 title.
In the Overall Men, it is was a great tussle between Brodie Gardner (1st 30-34), Nicholas Hull (2nd 30-34) and Michael Hooper (1st 25-29) racing against the overall winner Luke Harvey. Brodie finished 2nd Overall 28 sec behind Luke, with Michael 3rd and Nicholas 4th Overall.
SCTA / PA Junior Scholarship Holder Ryan Marsh took both wins over the 2 days in the 15-16, after a debrief with the Coach post day 1 saw Ryan come out and implement a few changes that saw him go 1.5 mins quicker and finish 6th overall. It was Ryan's last fine tuning before heading to World Sprint Champs in Lausanne this Wednesday.
Cramping issues on the run forced Peyton Craig out of Day 1, but came back the next day to lead the swim out and put himself in a great position to start the ride with the older boys. Peyton ran strongly to take out the 13-14 and finish 8th overall across the line.
Rebecca Howell has been a consistent figure during the offseason and the weekends racing showed this with 2 solid days of racing to take 2nd on both days and 2nd overall 25-29. Alana Park, also in the 25-29 raced well for SCTA for the first time with a 4th on day 1 and a 3rd on day 2 to secure 3rd making it a SCTA Trifecta on the podium.
The 25-29 Men didn't disappoint either with another SCTA Trifecta with Michael Hooper taking out both days and the title and 3rd Male Overall. Paul Marchant (2nd both days) and Matt Billington (3rd both days) both had solid races with all 3 boys having their sights on Sunny Coast 70.3.
It was Quinella for the 30-34 Men with Brodie Gardner (1st both days and 2nd overall both days) and Nicholas Hull (2nd Both days with a 4th overall day 1 and 3rd overall day 2 to finish 4th overall). Ron Craig had 2 solid days of racing to take out 2nd both days in 40-44 and secure 2nd place as he also builds towards the Sunny Coast 70.3.
On Day 1 we saw a few of the SCTA Juniors race over the sprint distance and some for the first time. Some great results were achieved and gained some valuable experience racing overt he sprint distance. Erin Wooldridge was 3rd Female Overall / 1st 15-16, making it a SCTA Female 1st / 2nd / 3rd across the line. Mia Wooldridge (13-14) and Scott Marsh (13-14) both took 2nd places, while Jericho Pogany 4th (15-16) and Jorja Matthews 5th (15-16).
In the kids race we had Billie Elsum take out 2nd 7-9 Girls.
Townsville Triathlon Festival saw a few races being held over the weekend with the OD and the National Duathlon Championships as well. Townsville will be the host of the 2021 World Multisport Championships. Australian Titles were on the line and we had Tania Gover in the 40-44. Tania had a great race to land on the podium with a silver Australian Medal and was the 3rd Female overall.
In the OD we saw Jordan Gover dominate the 45-49 to take out the win, while Tara Partridge had a huge PB to finish 8th 45-49.
On Thursday and Friday, Heidi Craig ran at the Queensland Primary Schools State Athletics Champs were she ran in the 800m and 1500m for 2 PB's. SCTA Club Members in action saw Carrie Lester taking the Female Title at Mont Tremblant Ironman finishing 6th overall in a time of 8:48:26. Brittany Dutton was 2nd Female at Townsville Triathlon Festival over the Olympic Distance, while Ryan Fisher was the 2nd Aussie across the line in 18th Place at the Tokyo Test event. He also anchored home the Australian Team in the Mixed Team Relays in 5th Place.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below. Rainbow Beach Double Tri - 17-18.09.19 Overall Position Lucy Bowden - 1st Place 15-29 Years Female - FEMALE RACE WINNER Ella Wooldridge - 1st Place 17-19 Years Female - 2nd Female Overall Brodie Gardner - 1st Place 30-34 Years Male - 2nd Male Overall Michael Hooper - 1st Place 25-29 Years Male - 3rd Male Overall Ryan Marsh - 1st Place 15-16 Years Male - 6th Overall Nicholas Hull - 2nd Place 30-34 Years Male - 4th Male Overall Paul Marchant - 2nd Place 25-29 Years Male - 7th Overall Rebecca Howell - 2nd Place 25-29 Years Female Ron Craig - 2nd Place 40-44 Years Male Matt Billington - 3rd Place 25-29 Years Male Alana Park - 3rd Place 2-29 Years Female Day 1 - 750/20/5 Lucy Bowden - 1st Place 15-29 Years Female - FEMALE RACE WINNER Ella Wooldridge - 1st Place 17-19 Years Female - 2nd Female Overall Brodie Gardner - 1st Place 30-34 Years Male - 2nd Male Overall Michael Hooper - 1st Place 25-29 Years Male - 3rd Male Overall Erin Wooldridge - 1st Place 15-16 Years Female - 3rd Female Overall Ryan Marsh - 1st Place 15-16 Years Male Nicholas Hull - 2nd Place 30-34 Years Male - 4th Male Overall Paul Marchant - 2nd Place 25-29 Years Male - 7th Overall Mia Wooldridge - 2nd Place 13-14 Years Female Rebecca Howell - 2nd Place 25-29 Years Female Scott Marsh - 2nd Place 13-14 Years Male Billie Elsum - 2nd Place 7-9 Years Female Matt Billington - 3rd Place 25-29 Years Male Ron Craig - 3rd Place 40-44 Years Male Alana Park - 4th Place 2-29 Years Female Jericho Pogany - 4th Place 15-16 Years Male Jorja Matthews - 5th Place 15-16 Years Female Day 2 - 750/20/5 Lucy Bowden - 1st Place 15-29 Years Female - FEMALE RACE WINNER Ella Wooldridge - 1st Place 17-19 Years Female - 2nd Female Overall Brodie Gardner - 1st Place 30-34 Years Male - 2nd Male Overall Michael Hooper - 1st Place 25-29 Years Male - 3rd Male Overall Ryan Marsh - 1st Place 15-16 Years Male - 6th Overall Peyton Craig - 1st Place 13-14 Years Male - 8th Overall Nicholas Hull - 2nd Place 30-34 Years Male - 4th Male Overall Paul Marchant - 2nd Place 25-29 Years Male - 9th Overall Rebecca Howell - 2nd Place 25-29 Years Female Ron Craig - 2nd Place 40-44 Years Male Matt Billington - 3rd Place 25-29 Years Male Alana Park - 3rd Place 2-29 Years Female
Townsville Triathlon Festival - 17.08.19 Australian Duathlon Champs - 5/20.2.5 Tania Gover - 2nd Place 40-4 Years Female - Silver Medal Australian Champs Olympic Distance Jordan Gover - 1st Place 45-49 Years Male Brittany Dutton - 2nd Place OPEN Female Tara Partridge - 8th Place 45-49 Years Female
Mont Tremblant Ironman - 18.08.19 Carrie Lester - 1st Place PROFESSIONAL Female - RACE WINNER