The last race of 2019 for the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes were for the Juniors at the First round of the Australian Junior / Youth Triathlon series held over the Super Sprint Race Weekend Format of 4 days of racing with 5 races for the ITU Junior (16-19) and 4 races for the Youth (14-15).
SCTA Had 2 Youth's - Peyton Craig and Mia Wooldridge. While in the Juniors we had - Ryan Marsh, Macey Roberts, Jorja Matthews, Jazi Coventry, Erin and Ella Wooldridge. This format is all about earning points to make the Finals. It doesn't reward being consistent. It is about skills and implementing them into each various races as the days progress staring on Thursday and culminating on Sunday with the finals. Top 18 in all categories made the A Final / 19-36 the B final / 36-54 Final. If you had no points it went on overall time. It can be quite strategic to gain points as sometimes the effort doesn't equal points.
ITU Junior - Male 91 competitors / Female 62 competitors Race # 1 - 1500m Track Run Race # 2 - Ultra Sprint Tri - 300/6/1.2 Race # 3 - Aquathlon 400m swim / 800m Run Race # 4 - Mixed Team Relays Race # 5 - Hyper Sprint - 200/4/800 Race # 6 - Grand Final - 400/8/1.6
ITU Youth - Male 52 competitors / Female 26th competitors Race # 1 - 1500m Track Run Race # 2 - Hyper Sprint - 200/4/800 Race # 3 - Aquathlon 400m swim / 800m Run Race # 4 - Mixed Team Relays Race # 5 - Grand Final - 300/6/1.2
Due to a massive storm hitting the Race Venue on Friday the 13th Afternoon where 133mm of rain fell and demolished quite a few of the club tents and the race venue, the racing was called off. The mixed team relays were abandoned and the rest of the racing continued on the Saturday.
Ryan Marsh - SCTA Junior Scholarship Holder First Year junior racing boys up to 3 years older. Always tough stepping up into this category, but Ryan learnt a whole new level that he can go to in his racing. He bit the bullet and had to chase time and time again as his swim leg continues to improve. The one thing we know is that he has his T1 down pack and made up plenty of time in this area in all his races. His 1500m run of 4.14 is a new PB. MVP of the weekend in how he fought and found that new level to climb to. The belief is starting to come and you are backing yourself when you thought you couldn't push harder. Test those limits! He is looking forward to the traditional distances in Race # 2 and Race # 3.
Ella Wooldridge - SCTA Junior Scholarship Holder Always going to be difficult with Year 12. Juggling the exams, assignments and the mental stress that goes with it all. We have school done now and can build on a few key things like her swim that will propel her further with the longer races. With 2 new PB 's in both her 400m swims in the races gives us that platform to build on. Her strengths lies on the Cycle and Run and will see vast improvements as the distance increases. Performances lies in the consistency and swim swim and swim
Peyton Craig Last years Youth B winner. So to come back and have everyone chasing and out for his title, was always going to be interesting to watch. The word Dominate and flexible came to his racing over this format. The experience from last year and that growth showed Peyton controlling races, and knowing when to go and when to sit. Keep pushing those limits. He won all 4 races and controlled the Youth A Final to come away with back to back titles.
Erin Wooldridge When you struggle to convert what I see in training into the racing arena and what you are capable of, it is not only frustrating for the athlete, but also the coach. We saw glimpses of what she is capable of, but in the Final it just came together. The attacking on the bike and the strong run off the bike had her sister chasing but not making any inroads into her to take out the B final. Its there, its just converting on game day. Believe
Mia Wooldridge The bottom of the Youth Age Category. You know what you will get with her and that is a fight. She chased in all her races. With a new PB in the 400m swim shows she is getting closer to the front girls. Another year of growth and swim progression and we may see this runner turn into a swimmer / runner.
Jorja Matthews After a few sub par performances that left her very disappointed, Jorja had to dig deep and see where that level she needed to compete to be competitive. She gained a lot of confidents out of the racing where she a had a really good dig and found a new level of hurt. Just need that consistently done on a regular basis and we will see her come good at the back end of the season. The Belief and fire is back. Lets build on it and see where it takes you.
Macey Roberts Just a good honest account of your character over the past 4 days. Macey you get in there and give 110% each time. And you do it with humility and a respect of your fellow competitors, club mates, family and Me as your Coach. I couldn't ask anymore of you and you do it with a massive smile on your face. Keep being you and never change that.
Jazi Coventry Always thankful and smiling. I know I am not your full time Coach and when we do get to the races I am there as a mentor for you. You take in what I say and appreciate the guidance that is on hand. Another great weekend of growth and development. Keep working that bike and the skills.
Well done to all that competed. Full results below Australian ITU Junior / Youth Series Race # 1 SSRW - 12-15.12.19 ITU Junior Male Ryan Marsh - 37th Place Point Score Race # 1 - 22nd Place Race # 2 - 24th Place Race # 3 - 35th Place Race # 4 - 24th Place Race # 5 - 9th Place B Final ITU Junior Female Jazi Coventry - 3rd Place Point Score Race # 1 - 2nd Place Race # 2 - 4th Place Race # 3 - 3rd Place Race # 4 - 4th Place Race # 5 - 5th Place A Final Ella Wooldridge - 20th Place Point Score Race # 1 - 9th Place Race # 2 - 18th Place Race # 3 - 35th Place Race # 4 - 23rd Place Race # 5 - 3rd Place B Final Erin Wooldridge - 25th Place Point Score Race # 1 - 34th Place Race # 2 - 31st Place Race # 3 - 29th Place Race # 4 - 17th Place Race # 5 - 1st Place B Final Jorja Matthews - 47th Place Point Score Race # 1 - 59th Place Race # 2 - 54th Place Race # 3 - 44th Place Race # 4 - 47th Place Race # 5 - 12th Place C Final Macey Roberts - 49th Place Point Score Race # 1 - 56th Place Race # 2 - 50th Place Race # 3 - 45th Place Race # 4 - 54th Place Race # 5 - 13th Place C Final ITU Youth Male Peyton Craig - 1st Place Point score Race # 1 - 1st Place Race # 2 - 1st Place Race # 3 - 1st Place Race # 4 - 1st Place A Final ITU Youth Female Mia Wooldridge - 8th Place Point Score Race # 1 - 6th Place Race # 2 - 9th Place Race # 3 - 10th Place Race # 4 - 9th Place A Final
Some amazing results from the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes that have been action over the past 2 weekends with Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, Jackie Fairweather Memorial Triathlon, Taupo 70.3, Yamba Triathlon, Australian Athletics Championships and QTS # 4 at Raby Bay. 28 Athletes racing with 16 podiums and a World 70.3 Qualification. Well done Team SCTA!!
The Christmas Round at the QTS # 4 was at Raby Bay with sweltering heat on the Saturday with a slightly cool change and wind on race morning which was a welcomed change. It still warmed up throughout the morning but not the 37 degrees that we had the day before.
In the Long Course Lucy Bowden made it 4 straight podiums in the OPEN Female with a 3rd place. Taking out Age wins were Matt Billington (25-29) and Jordan Gover (45-49) while Brett Stalley was 3rd (55-59). Just missing the podium in 4th were Paul Marchant (OPEN Male) and Alana Park (25-29) with Rebecca Howell 5th (25-29)
Super Sprint was dominated by SCTA Athletes. In the ladies we had 3 in the top 4 overall, while in the Males we had 2 in the top 10. With the Juniors racing Race # 1 of the National Junior Series on the Thursday, we went in with some speed change up to suit what we needed for the major racing coming in 5 days time. Age group wins to Margo Mackintosh (35-39) and fastest female and 7th Overall amongst the men. SCTA Junior Scholarship Holder Ella Wooldridge (16-19) and 2nd Female and 10th Overall, Chloe Turner (25-29) and Gary Turner (70-74). In 2nd Place was SCTA Junior Scholarship Holder Ryan Marsh (16-19) and 4th Overall, Peyton Craig (14-15) and 8th Overall in 3rd Places to Erin Wooldridge (16-19) and 4th Female Overall and Jericho Pogany (14-15). Mia Wooldridge (U/14) took Fastest Female and 4th Overall in the Enticer
Matthew Wolstencroft headed to the annual Yamba Triathlon over the sprint distance, where he lined up in the OPEN Males to just miss the podium with a 4th Place
Mackenzie Ofield went to the West for the Australian Athletics Champs where they were greeted with heat wave temperatures. Macca lined up in the 3000m Walk where she claimed a PB and 8th Place U/ 16 Girls
In Taupo for the 70.3 on the Worlds Course for 2020, where the water temp was nudging 14 degrees at the start of the week warmed up a bit to around 18 degrees on race morning. Conditions were tough with a strong headwind blowing up for the last 20km of the bike. A tough undulating run course took the sting out of the legs. Mick Woodcock claimed the last 70.3 Worlds Selection Spot in the biggest age group field in the 45-49 with a 13th place. Tania Gover 19th (40-44), Kelly Enright 24th (35-39) and Tara Partridge 27th (45-49) all had strong races.
Chloe Glover headed to Canberra to compete in the Jackie Fairweather Memorial Triathlon which also doubled as a draft legal sprint distance and Worlds Qualifier. Chloe had a strong race to finish 2nd 30-34
The crazy cats of Tania Gover and Tara Partridge headed over to Taupo to compete in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge of 320km or 2 laps around the lake with it being quite undulating and a start time of 1.30am in the morning in very cool conditions. Both ladies did a lot of riding into the event and that showed with them both winning their respective age categories and finishing tied 2nd female overall.
Well done to all that Race. Full results below QTS # 4 - Raby Bay Triathlon - 08.12.19 Long Course - 900/25/6 Matt Billington - 1st Place 25-29 Years Male Jordan Gover - 1st Place 45-49 Years Male Lucy Bowden - 3rd Place OPEN Female Brett Stalley - 3rd Place 55-59 Years Male Paul Marchant - 4th Place OPEN Male Alana Park - 4th Place 25-29 Years Female Rebecca Howell - 5th Place 25-29 Years Female Super Sprint - 400/15/4 Margo Mackintosh - 1st Place 35-39 Years Female - Fastest Female Overall Ella Wooldridge - 1st Place 16-19 Years Female - 2nd Female Overall Chloe Turner - 1st Place 25-29 Years Female Gary Turner - 1st Place 70-74 Years Male Ryan Marsh - 2nd Place 16-19 Years Male - 4th Overall Peyton Craig - 2nd Place 14-15 Years Male - 8th Overall Erin Wooldridge - 3rd Place 16-19 Years Female - 4th Female Overall Jericho Pogany - 3rd Place 14-15 Years Male Jorja Matthews - 8th Place 16-19 Years Female Enticer - 200/5/2 Mia Wooldridge - 1st Place U/14 Years Female - Fastest Female / 5th Overall Kool Kids - 100/2/500 Billie Elsum - 26th Place 7-9 Years Female
Yamba Triathlon - 08.12.19 - 750/20/5 Matthew Wolstencroft - 4th Place OPEN Male
Australian Athletics Champs - Perth 06-08.12.19 Mackenzie Ofied - 8th Place U/16 Girls 3000m Walk
Taupo 70.3 - 07.12.19 Simon Hearn - 9th Place PROFESSIONAL Male Mick Woodcock - 13th Place 45-49 years Male - Qualified for 70.3 World Champs Tania Gover - 19th Place 40-44 Years Female Kelly Enright - 24th Place 35-39 Years Female Tara Partridge - 27th Place 45-49 years Female
Jackie Fairweather Memorial Tri - Canberra - 30.11.19 - 750/20/5 Chloe Glover - 2nd Place 30-34 Years Female
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge - 30.11.19 - 320km Cycle Tania Gover - 1st Place 35-44 Years Female - Tied 2nd Female Overall Tara Partridge - 1st Place 45-54 Years Female - Tied 2nd Female Overall