A huge weekend for Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Hybrid Concepts Australia athletes with them in action at Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival, Xterra Saipan and African ATU Junior Championships and results from the Caloundra Triathlon the weekend before.
Its been a whirlwind month for Professional Off Road Triathlete Brodie Gardner with his first podium in an Xterra event at Xterra Philipines, gaining selection in the Australia Elite team for World Cross ITU Triathlon Champs and then on the weekend he took out his first ever Xterra Title winning Xterra Saipan.
After some travel dramas which saw him land 4 hours before race start, then getting lost on the run, Brodie held his nerves together to take out the over a 1.5km swim / 30km Mt Bike and a 12km run to win by 1 min 30 sec. Awesome job Brodie under very trying conditions. Brodie currently lies 2nd on the Xterra Asia - Pacific Tour Elite Men Series.
Friday night saw the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival open with the Twilight 5km Run along the Esplande. It started off with a 4 lap 5km Elite Male and Female Race with Romy Wolstencroft lining up against a quality field where she ended up 5th place in a time of 17:19.
Next was the 2 lap 5km run which saw Josh Corcoran take 2nd (20-29) with Jazzy Shults just missing the podium with 4th (U/16) while Meg Roberts 5th (U/16) and Macey Roberts 7th (U/16).
Super Saturday was a massive day starting with our Super Kids Triathlon with Jake and Zak Hammond, Finn and Pipi Barlow, Liam Wallace, Millie Meredith and Hugo Cattle. As there were no results for the a Super Kids all the SCTA juniors raced extremely well in overcast and a passing shower.
Next up was the Ocean Swim over a M-shaped 1km swim. This year with some surf it was always going to be interesting. Stuart Louth led the way with the Open Male swim title in a sprint finish. Later he thought he was sprinting for 3rd place so to take the $450 win he was pretty happy. Kaya Shults took the title (13-15) and 4th female overall, while younger sister Jazzy Shults 2nd (U/13) with Chris George 3rd (30-39).
To round out Super Saturday the ITU Male and Female World Cup in which we saw PNG and SCTA athlete Rachel James take the line in her first World Cup and for her country ever!! Rachel was stepping up against some of the worlds best females. She held on till her 3rd lap on the bike riding solo but learnt and gained valuable experience that will be used in future races. SCTA had some ITU athletes join in on some of the training session in the lead up to the World Cups. Amanda Bohlin (36th), Adrian Briffod (36th) and Bob Haller (45th)
Mooloolaba Triathlon was a happy hunting ground for 2016 with 7 podiums (4 x wins) and a few first timers over the standard distance of 1.5/40/10. Leading the charge win category wins were Jake Hynes (15-19 / 15th Overall / First Standard distance Tri), Malin Olsson (35-39 / 17th Female overall), Kevin Hammond (Clydesdale 90-99kg) and Open Female Team Called Muppets (Kaya Shults and Romy Wolstencroft).
Just missing the winners dais with 2nd places were Kirra Seidel ( Elite Female) Michael Hooper (20-24 / 11th Overall) and Zsolt Dallos (35-39 / 19th Overall). Taj Jones 5th in his first Standard distance Tri (15-19) with Melissa Charlton 7th (30-34 Years) and Team SCTA 2 Mares and a Filly 7th Club Mix ( Trudi Jones / Ange Hammond / Angie Windsor). A great effort from another first timer Jordan Wilkes 11th (15-19)
Sam Penny was in action at the Queensland Masters Swimming Championships at Chandler over the weekend where his haul included 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze Medal. Nice work Sambo
At Caloundra on the weekend of 6th March, we had quite a few head down to do the Just Tri It at Bulcock Beach. In the long course race we had Rachael Cullen take a 2nd (30-39) and 5th Female overall.
In the short course we saw Elliot Gray dominate not only his category but also take out the overall race win. Hot on his heels was Ryan Marsh 2nd overall and category and to make it a SCTA clean sweep, Joshua Nixon was 3rd overall and category. Well done to Patrick Geoghegan who competed in his first ever triathlon to finish 5th (12-15) and 7th overall.
Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival - 11th - 13th March Twilight Run - 11/03/16 - 5km Josh Corcoran - 2nd 20-29 Years Male Jazzy Shults - 4th U/16 Years Female Romy wolstencroft - 5th Elite Female Meg Roberts - 5th U/16 Years Female Macey Roberts - 7th U/16 Years Female Kaya Shults - 9th U/16 Years Female Ryan Marsh - 12th U/16 Years Male Ocean Swim - 12/03/16 - 1km Swim Stuart Louth - 1st Open Male - Race Winner Kaya Shults - 1st 13-15 Years Female - 4th Overall Jazzy Shults - 2nd U/13 Female Chris George - 3rd 30-39 Years Male Tahlea Corcoran - 7th 13-15 Years Female Ryan Marsh -13th 13-15 Years Male
ITU World Cup - 12/03/16 - 750/20/5 Amanda Bohlin - 35th ITU Female Adrian Briffod - 36th ITU Male Bob Haller - 45th ITU Male Rachel James - lapped out on 3rd lap
Mooloolaba Triathlon - 13/03/16 - 1.5/40/10 Jake Hynes - 1st 15-19 Years Male Kevin Hammond - 1st Clydesdale 90-99kg Malin Olsson - 1st 35-39 Years Female Kirra Seidel - 2nd Elite Female Michael Hooper - 2nd 20-24 Years Male Zsolt Dallos - 2nd 35-39 Years Male Taj Jones - 5th 15-19 Years Male Maddison Dutton - 6th 20-24 Years Female Melissa Charlton - 7th 30-34 Years Female Jordan Wilkes - 11th 15-19 Years Male Rachel James - 13th Elite Female Brendan Batzloff - 19th 40-44 Years Male Wade Scougall - 20th 40-44 Years Male Rachael Cullen - 20th 30-34 Years Female Matt Cole - 22nd 30-34 Years Male Robert Wilson - 35th 40-44 Years Male Jessica Lee - 37th 30-34 Years Female Drew Walker - 44th 35-39 Years Male Trent Raddatz - 54th 30-34 Years Male David Lanskey - 66th 40-44 Years Male James Loane - 100th Mates Wave
Teams Team Muppet ( Kaya Shults / Romy Wolstencroft) - 1st Open Female Team SCTA 2 Mares and a Filly (Trudi Jones / Ange Hammond / Angie Windsor) - 7th Mixed Club Xterra Saipan - 12/03/16 - 1.5/30/12 Brodie Gardner- 1st Elite Male - Race Winner
Bloemfontein ATU Junior African Championships - 12/03/16 - 750/20/5 Drew Williams - 26th ITU Junior Male
Queensland Masters Swimming Championships Sam Penny - 4 x Gold, 4 x Silver and 1 Bronze Medal
Bendigo Bank Just Tri It Caloundra - 06/03/16 Short Course - 300/10/3 Elliot Gray - 1st 12-15 Years Male - Race winner Ryan Marsh - 2nd 12-15 Years Male - 2nd Overall Joshua Nixon - 3rd 12-15 Years Male - 3rd Overall Patrick Geoghegan - 5th 12-15 Years Male
Long Course - 600/20/6 Rachael Cullen - 2nd 30-39 Years Female
Well done to all that raced and good luck to all racing this weekend at Kingscliff Triathlon, Bribie Island Triathlon