A huge weekend of racing for the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminum Junior Athletes that were racing at the Super Sprint Race Weekend for Round # 1 of the Triathlon Australian Junior / Youth Series.
It was held over 4 days with racing on each day with Youth B competing in 5 races over 3 days. Youth A competing in 5 races over 4 days and Juniors competing in 6 races over 4 days. The aim is to gain as many points as possible to try a and make the "A" Final in each category. They take the top 16 into that final. Then there is a "B" Final and "C" Final
Day # 1 was 1500m Track run for all categories.
Day # 2 consisted of for Youth A + B Hyper Sprint 200 / 4 / 800, while Juniors did Ultra Sprint 300 / 6 / 1.2 and Aquathlon. Youth B 200 / 800 while Youth A + Juniors did 400 / 1.2
Day # 3 Started off with Mixed Relay Format with Junior 300 / 6 / 1.2 and Youth A + B over 200 / 4 / 800. Juniors had Hyper Sprint Tri over 200 / 4 / 800. The Day ended with the Finals for the Youth B
Day # 4 were the Finals for the Youth A and Juniors.
From a coaching point of view I love this weekend as it gives us a chance to watch, identify areas of improvements and then implement into the next race. The way all of the SCTA athletes took on my advice and worked on those little changes in each race, I couldn't have asked for anything more. The commitment and determination in each race could not have been faulted. I am very proud to Coach each one of you all.
SCTA Junior Scholarship Male Holder Peyton Craig had a dominate weekend of racing with 4 x 1st Places and a 4th Place and taking out Round # 1. Leading into the final, not much had gone wrong and he improved on each race. Out of all his races, the last one was the toughest. He had to dig deep into this one to come away with the win. He had had a battle with Ethan Close for the whole weekend. But what I thought was the best moment of the weekend was when one of Peyton's competitors that was sitting in the top 3at the start of the final lost his bike shoe and crashed on the course, the gesture from Peyton and a few of his competitors to console him after the race and walk him in shows true sportsmanship above the their ages. Well done Bushie a credit to yourself, your family and proud to have you as an ambassador for the Scholarship program. 2017 - Result - 7th Pointscore / 7th "A" Final 2018 - Result - 1st Pointscore / 1st "A" Final
SCTA Junior Scholarship Female Holder Macey Robertsthis year has had a few changes with new school, but the way in which you conduct yourself in training, around the squad and in competition I couldn't ask for a better role model of the scholarship program. Macey has been a training with SCTA for 4-5 years and the growth and development we see each year is due to her determination and commitment. She is the most talented out there, but one of the hardest workers I have seen. You do it with a smile and appreciation for what the program is about and what your family does for you. Keep up the great work Macey. 2017 - Result - 33rd Pointscore / 1st "C" Final Youth A 2018 - Result - 25th Pointscore / 6th "B" Final Junior
Ryan Marsh what a difference a year makes in growth and development. For the first time we are starting to see that aggression that we have been searching for. In a very competitive age group that has you chasing in each race, is not easy, but you embraced it this year and we saw the vast improvements from the year before. You did everything right in that final. You chased the whole way and gave yourself the opportunity to get into that race. Could not be more prouder of the effort shown. Keep up the great work. It is coming and it is being rewarded. 2017 - Result - 30th Pointscore / 9th "B" Final Youth A 2018 - Result - 10th Pointscore / 10th "A" Final Youth A
Ella Wooldridge what an amazing weekend of results and development in a short period of time since moving up and joining SCTA. The way you conduct yourself in and out of the competition arena is a credit to yourself and your family. The sister bond you have with Erin and Mia shows how close nit you all are. You do it with a smile and love of what you do. Once again you found yourself in by yourself in that final and fought your way thru the back end of the field. The swim changes put in motion and the improvement we have seen will only keep moving forward. In your first year in Juniors and to Make the "A" Final shows the work ethic you have. Exciting times ahead 2017 - Result - 12th Point score / 11th "A" Final Youth A 2018 - Result - 10th Point score / 10th "A" Final Junior
Erin Wooldridge another great experience and learning curve. There are a lot of good things to come out of the weekend. With a massive improvement in the swim putting you closer to the front girls, it will only be a matter of time till we are knocking on the door. The way you listened, implemented and then executed what we were searching for is a credit to the mental toughness you have. The confidence is coming back and you are starting to grow into your body since that growth spurt. Keep up the great work and learn from those experiences. 2017 - Result - 18th Point score / 3rd "B" Final Youth A 2018 - Result - 16th Point score / 14th "A" Final Youth A
Kayleigh Foster gutsy is one word to describe your never give up attitude out there in each race. The way you listened and took on advice in each race and implemented it in the next. I could not have asked anything more from you. I knew what I was getting. But its the supporting of your fellow competitors and the excitement that you show for each of them shows your true character. You are a pleasure to have in the squad and competitive arena. That smile shown thru all weekend. well done Shorty 2017 - Result- 31st Point score / 10th "B" Final Youth A 2018 - Result - 33rd Point score / 8th "B" Final Youth A
Jorja Matthews it wasn't the ideal prep leading into the is race with house moving, changing squads and schools. The good thing about the weekend is we have identified what we need to work on and have a platform to build from. It will come in time and we will see that progression in a years time when you go back into this race format. You listened after each race and implemented the changes needed over the weekend. Same with Shorty, your enthusiasm for your fellow team mates doesn't go unnoticed. Keep up the great work and the results will flow. 2017 - Result- 39th Point score / 7th "C" Final Youth A 2018 - Result - 45th Point score / 11th "C" Final Youth A
Jazi Coventry while you don't train with SCTA, but come under the SCTA Banner it was great to be able to help and guide you over the weekend in each race. There is huge potential here with you and still plenty of work to come. Never easy like Ella moving up form Youth A into the Juniors. The way you embraced the advice I gave you in each race and see you grow and implement in each race is a credit to yourself. When you relaxed and enjoyed yourself we saw the results flow. Well done and look forward to seeing the growth in the future. 2017 - Result - 6th Pointscore / 8th "A" Final Youth A 2018 - Result - 4th Pointscore / 6th "A" Final Junior
Mia Wooldridge I wanted to leave you last here. Otherwise known as Ratbag. This little gutsy pocket rocket just blows me away in everything she does. Her first attempt at this race weekend and it didn't overwhelm her at all. She fought against girls twice as big as her in height and development, but rest assure your heart is bigger than any one of them. Her attitude and swagger may throw a few, but being your Coach the way in which you embrace what I tell you, the way you implement what I have asked you to do and the way in which you pick up the skills I teach you blows me away. For such a youngster you show qualities way above your age. You are so raw in your ability, but embrace the challenge each time. A little champion in the making but doing it with smile, enjoying the fun and experience. Keep up the great work Ratbag. First Attempt - 2018 - Result - 6th Pointscore / 11th "A" Final Youth B
Full results from the weekend below. Well done to all that raced Super Sprint Race Weekend - Australian Junior / Youth series - Race # 1 - 13-16/12/18 Jazi Coventry - 4th Place ITU Junior Female Race # 1 - 1500m - 1st Place Race # 2 - Ultra Sprint Tri - 8th Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 1st Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 6th Place Race # 5 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 6th Place Race # 6 - "A " Final - 6th Place Ella Wooldridge - 10th Place ITU Junior Female Race # 1 - 1500m - 4th Place Race # 2 - Ultra Sprint Tri - 9th Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 20th Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 10th Place Race # 5 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 11th Place Race # 6 - "A " Final - 10th Place Macey Roberts - 25th Place ITU Junior Female Race # 1 - 1500m - 21st Place Race # 2 - Ultra Sprint Tri - 24th Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 22nd Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 24th Place Race # 5 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 23rd Place Race # 6 - "B " Final - 6th Place Ryan Marsh - 12th Place ITU Youth A Male Race # 1 - 1500m Run - 10th Place Race # 2 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 7th Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 16th Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 10th Place Race # 5 - "A" Final 12th Place Erin Wooldridge - 16th Place ITU Youth A Female Race # 1 - 1500m Run - 16th Place Race # 2 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 13th Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 33rd Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 13th Place Race # 5 - "A" Final 14th Place Kayleigh Foster - 33rd Place ITU Youth A Female Race # 1 - 1500m Run - 37th Place Race # 2 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 28th Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 24th Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 25th Place Race # 5 - "B" Final 8th Place Jorja Matthews - 45th Place ITU Youth A Female Race # 1 - 1500m Run - 49th Place Race # 2 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 43rd Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 45th Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 43rd Place Race # 5 - "C" Final 11th Place Peyton Craig - 1st Place ITU Youth B Male - Overall Winner Race # 1 - 1500m Run - 1st Place Race # 2 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 1st Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 1st Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 4th Place Race # 5 - "A" Final 1st Place - Race Winner Mia Wooldridge - 6th Place ITU Youth B Female Race # 1 - 1500m Run - 2nd Place Race # 2 - Hyper Sprint Tri - 11th Place Race # 3 - Aquathlon - 6th Place Race # 4 - Mixed Relay - 8th Place Race # 5 - "A" Final 11th Place