What a great weekend of racing from the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Junior Athletes that were in action at Round # 2 of the Australia Junior / Youth Triathlon series held in Canberra.
It was 2 x super sprints with about 2hr gap between races. Juniors competed over the 250/9.3/1.2 and Youth A + B 200/6.2/1.2 and the winner was the one with the quickset overall time from both races. Juniors went in their category while the Youth A and B were combined together.
Friday for Course Familiarisation was 42 degrees Saturday was a cool morning with cloud cover but by the time race 2 came around it was around the 35 degrees. The Sunday the temp was the same for the Mixed Team Relays.
Leading the charge was SCTA / Protector Aluminium Junior scholarship Holder Peyton Craig, racing in the Youth B category took out race 1 beating all the Youth A's in gaining maximum time. Race 2 saw the strength of the older competitors take over and the bike pace was on. Peyton missed the lead the pack and fought hard to finish 13th. In Youth B Peyton took the win in both races securing 1st Place Youth B for the 2nd consecutive race.
Mia Wooldridge fought well against girls at least 3 years older with he combination of Youth A and B. You know what your gonna get out of her and that was fight to the end. She may be one of the last out of the water but she chases these girls down like a lion on the prowl. Her ability to listen, learn and implement shows experience above her age. She may be the smallest on the line but has the biggest heart. Race 1 - 31st and Race 2 - 31st, which secured her 5th Place Youth B
Ryan Marsh fought well all day. The confidence he gained from Round # 1 continued into the 2 race format here at Canberra. The bike course was hilly and technical which was right up his alley. He made the moves he needed to to get himself into he right positions. He finished race 1 in 7th and the same for race 2 securing him 6th place in Youth A. Progressing extremely well and will welcome the longer bike and run in the next race.
Ella Wooldridge in her first year in the Juniors shows the fight and desire to mix it with the top Junior Girls. The swim is improving all the time and is slowly bridging that gap to the top girls. Her run splits in both races were just off the top girls. We are slowly edging closer to them with each race we do. Race 1 - 14th and Race 2 - 9th, which secured 10th Place Junior.
Erin Wooldridge lined up in the Youth A and was dominate on the bike all weekend chasing the faster girls out of the swim. Her runs off the bike were strong and helped produced some great results. In race 1 - 11th and race 2 she finished 12th which secured her 11th place Youth A. Improving all the time.
Jazi Coventry also a first time into the juniors this year is on a steep learning curve like Ella. She has the weapon of the swim that gets her in front. She has had a few bike crashes that sees her being timid on the bike which was reflected on this course in race #1 race # 2 saw a more aggressive ride that saw her in the 2nd pack. Slowly improving each race. Race 1 - 19th and Race 2 - 18th, which secured 18th Place Junior
Jorja Matthews lined up in the Youth A and this was a defining moment for her. She knows where she is at in her training and this was a good kick up the butt she needed. Her first race lacked the intensity and drive needed to perform well at that level. In the second race it gave her an opportunity to address what she wasn't doing and we saw a different athlete. Race 1 - 33rd and Race 2 - 32nd, which saw her finish 27th Place Youth A
Well done to all that raced. Full results below Australian Junior / Youth Triathlon Series # 2 - Canberra 19-20.01.19 Peyton Craig - 1st Place Youth B Male Mia Wooldridge - 5th Place Youth B Female Ryan Marsh - 6th Place Youth A Male Ella Wooldridge - 10th Place Junior Female Erin Wooldridge - 11th Place Youth A Female Jazi Coventry - 18th Place Junior Female Jorja Matthews - 27th Place Youth A Female