Another successful weekend of racing from the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes that were in action.
Down at Kingscliff in the OD saw Tania Gover 1st (40-44) and Belinda Symes 1st (45-49) have solid races while, in the Sprint distance which also doubled as the South Coast Schools Triathlon Trials saw Jazi Coventry take the win (16-17 and 2nd Female Overall) and selection into the south Coast Team. Margo Mackintosh returned to racing after a break to take the win (35-39 and 3rd Female Overall). Jordan Gover had another consistent race with 2nd (45-49). In the Aquabike saw Gary Turner give up a lot of Age to the younger competitors which was an All Age Category where he was 8th
At Hervey Bay for the Queensland Long Course Championships over the 2/80/20 distance saw Zsolt Dallos take 3rd (Open Male). SCTA Club Members Simon Hearn took back to back race wins with a very convincing display in the Open Men's, while in the Open Female Megan Hawkins took 3rd. Matt Wolstencroft had a great day to take 1st (50-54)
On the Saturday at the Wide Bay Regional Schools Triathlon Champs at Hervey Bay saw Jericho Pogany continue his development with a PB on this course and 2nd Intermediate Male gaining him selection for the Qld Schools Champs in February next year.
At the Maroochydore Mile, SCTA Junior Scholarship Holder Ryan Marsh and Peyton Craig lined up in the B Race Open Male. Giving plenty of years away to some more experience runners, Peyton had a great run to take out the win in a time of 4.29 while Ryan was 4th in 4.38.
Over in the Netherlands, Marion Tuin lined up in a 8.7km Trail Run where she finished 3rd Female. It was solid run for her despite being in base work.
SCTA Club Member Carrie Lester dominated the Cozumel Ironman with the Race Win and cementing her spot for the World Ironman in Kona next year.
Well done to all that raced. Full results below
Hervey Bay 100 - 24.11.19 - 2/80/20 - Queensland Long Course Champs
Simon Hearn - 1st Place OPEN Male
Matthew Wolstencroft - 1st Place 50-54 Years Male
Zsolt Dallos - 3rd Place OPEN Male
Meegan Hawkins - 3rd Place OPEN Female
Debbie Thorley - 17th Place 40-44 Years Female
Grant Elliot - 34th Place 40-44 Years Male
Wide Bay Schools Regional Triathlon Trials - Hervey Bay - 23.11.19 - 500/15/4
Jericho Pogany - 2nd Place Intermediate Male - Qualified for Qld schools Champs
Kingscliff Triathlon - 24.11.19
OD - 1.5/40/10
Tania Gover - 1st Place 40-44 Years Female
Belinda Symes - 1st Place 45-49 Years Female
Sprint Distance - 750/20/5
Jazi Coventry - 1st Place 16-17 Years Female - 2nd Female Overall
Margo Mackintosh - 1st Place 35-39 years Female - 3rd Female Overall
Jordan Gover - 2nd Place 45-49 Years Male
Aquabike - 1.5km swim / 40km Cycle
Gary Turner - 8th Place All Ages Male
Western Sydney 70.3 - 24.11.19 - 1.9/90/21.1
Paul Marchant - 4th Place 25-29 Years Male
Kierra Sansome - 7th Place PROFESSIONAL Female
Cross Trail Run Netherlands - 24.11.19 - 8.7km
Marion Tuin - 3rd Place Female
Cozumel Ironman - 24.11.19 - 3.8/180/42.2
Carrie Lester - 1st Place PROFESSIONAL Female - Race Winner + IM World Champs Qualification
Maroochydore Mile Run - 21.11.19 - 1600m
Peyton Craig - 1st Place B Race OPEN Male
Ryan Marsh - 4th Place B Race OPEN Male
What can say. This has to be one of the best years of results that we have had for a long time. The hard work has been rewarded for both the athletes and the Coach. I am beyond excited to see what next year entails as this group of athletes that we have, makes it very exciting to get out of bed each morning and do what I love.
I’ll be honest in the past 1.5 years I have had doubts about continuing with Coaching. I looked at a job in Hong Kong with the Institute of Sport. It was a great opportunity. As of the day after Worlds I was gone. I would of taken the job, but I sat back analysed it a bit and then talked to a lot of people. I was looking at coaches that could possibly take on my role and continue what I have done for the past 16 years. Fast forward and I decided not to take the role. One of the main factors was the great group of athletes and sponsors that I have that have supported what I do.
That was September last year. I am glad I didn’t go and put my head down and worked bloody hard with the athletes to achieve what we did this season. An achieve yes we did
Personally for me I was awarded a Certificate of Merit for my contribution to sport on the Sunshine Coast at the Hall of Fame Awards Induction and was named Triathlon Queensland Junior Coach of the Year 2018-19 (ironically I was awarded the same award 10 years ago). I was selected by Triathlon Queensland for the National Junior Camp in January and was awarded a Coaching Grant thru Triathlon Queensland.
It has taken SCTA 16 years in Junior Coaching to walk away with a National Schools Triathlon Champion. We had gone close on a few occasions, but this year we walked away with 2. There is some talent in an amongst our junior athletes and it is very exciting to see what will come and be achieved in the next 3-4 years. Another reason for staying and doing what I do with SCTA.
This is a breakdown of what we have achieved in the last 6 months
Australian Championships Events – 35 Medallists
Year of results 2018-19 Season included
World Championships on the Gold Coast
Results and break down as followed
The next season will see quite a few athletes trying to qualify for the 2020 World 70.3 Champs being held in Taupo NZ.
I will continue to develop the Juniors and the rest of the Age Group / Professional Athletes. It will be a very busy season once again but the planning and preparation has already begun.
Once again this doesn’t happen without the support from the sponsors of SCTA. I am grateful for the support that I do receive from them and look forward to continuing the results and growth that we are seeing within SCTA for the 2019-20 Season