Even though it is the off season, there is still plenty of racing around that Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes have been competing in and gaining some amazing results. This 3 weeks hasn't been any different. We had athletes in action at Holten ETU Junior Cup in Netherlands, Gold Coast Marathon Festival, Sunshine Coast Winter Solstice Ocean Swim at Alexandra Headlands, the Caloundra Foreshore run and Ironman France.
Over in Europe for the Holten ETU Junior Cup, where we had Romy Wolstencroft (her last race as SCTA Junior scholarship Holder) line up in the last race that would count towards the Australia Junior Team Selection for Worlds on the Gold Coast. And she didn't disappoint with a very strong Cycle / Run Combo that saw her move thru the field to finish in 9th place, 47 seconds off the winner. In finishing 9th she was the first Australian Home
While on the same day in the Elite Category at ITU Holten ETU Premium Cup, SCTA Club Member Kelly Ann Perkins (who is coached by Cam Watt at the Hills District) gained a podium position in 2nd place behind the current ITU World Ranked # 5. Its been a long journey back for KP, but looks like she is back on track and performing well.
The annual Gold Coast Marathon Festival was held over the weekend and we had numerous SCTA athletes running around the streets of the Gold Coast. In the Marathon, Courtney Akrigg continued her great running with a very quick run time for her with a 3:44:52. In the Half Marathon we had both Jason Shortis (4th) and Gary Binet (7th) in the 45-49 years. Both boys are fine tuning for the Marathon at the Sunshine Coast on the 19th August. Cameron Binet continued his build back from an ankle injury with a solid run in 22nd (21-24) while the ever consistent Emma Hogan ran well in her category.
On the weekend of the 24th June we saw swimmers in the Sunshine Coast Winter Solstice Swims over the 3km Sam Penny 3rd (Adult Male) in the 2km Gary Latimer 2nd (Adult Male) while Jake Hammond took out the win (U/12 Male).
Over in France SCTA Club Member and Professional, Carrie Lester lined up in Ironman France as the defending champion. Carrie had a great swim that set her up near the front and finished with a very strong Cycle / Run combo to take out 2nd place in a time of 9:27:30 which has some epic climbs on the cycle course.
The Caloundra Foreshore Run was held on the 17th June which starts at Golden Beach and follows the undulating foreshore around the Kings Beach to Moffat Beach and surrounds. It is a tough course which saw Kirra seidel (4th), Anastasia Heikkila (6th) and Toni Duetzmann (22nd).
Well done to all that raced Full results below ITU Holten ETU Junior Cup - 29.06.18 - 750/20/5 Romy Wolstencroft - 9th Place ITU Junior Female
ITU Holten ETU Premium Cup - 29.06.18 - 750/20/5 Kelly Ann Perkins - 2nd Place ELITE Female
Gold Coast Marathon Festival - 30.06.18 Marathon - 41.2km Courtney Akrigg - 41st Place 30-34 Years Female Half Marathon - 21.1km Jason Shortis - 4th Place 45-49 Years Male Gary Binet - 7th Place 45-49 Years Male Cameron Binet - 22nd Place 21-24 Years Male
Sunshine Coast Winter Solstice Ocean Swim - 24.06.18 3km Swim Sam Penny - 3rd Place Adult Male 2km Swim Gary Latimer - 2nd Place Adult Male 1km Jake Hammond - 1st Place U/12 Years Male
Ironman France - 24.06.18 - 3.8/180/41.2 Carrie Lester - 2nd Place Professional Female
Caloundra Foreshore Run - 17.06.18 - 10km Kirra Seidel - 4th Place OPEN Female Anastasia Heikkila - 6th Place JUNIOR Female Toni Duetzmann - 22nd Place OPEN Female