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