Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes were action in the West and South of the border with the Western Australian Ironman + 70.3 and Kingscliff Triathlon.
Over in the West we had a contingent of 10 athletes make to trip across the continent to compete in the 15th running of the Busselton Ironman. As with any Ironman the IronKids start the proceedings and the little pups (not so little) of Jake and Zak Hammond led the charge and had some great races. Nice work boys.
Race day came and not without any hiccups for a few of the crew, they were greeted with perfect conditions for racing with a new swim course. Kevin Hammond lined up in his first Ironman and had a great day out in the office. Just missing the 11hr mark he finished with a time of 11:00:56 and 42nd 40-44. Well done mate let the recovery holiday begin.
Tara Partridge was to be the other to race the IM. A hard decision needed to be made and she did it on Friday. With a severe case of bronchitis that she contracted the weekend before the race. Sher has her sights on Taupo IM on 3rd March.
In the 70.3, Mick Woodcock led the charge with a great race despite picking up a vomiting and diarrhea bug the afternoon before the race. So to finish just missing the podium with 4th 45-49 and 42nd Overall made this performance even more remarkable. Tania Gover was 5th 40-44 and 28th Female overall, This lady does it with a smile and doesn't whinge. The crazy schedule she has with work and travel and a dodgy body at best, the way she gets in and gets it done. Awesome effort.
Norm Marsh was 11th 50-54 had a strong race while Kelly Enright topped it off with a 15th 30-34. Emily Baker took on a Team event where she did the swim and her first ever 90km ride. She had a great day out to record 8th Mixed Team called BUS (Broke Uni Students).
To round out the crew in her first ever 70.3 Angie Hammond took on a challenge head on to finish 34th 40-44. During the lead up, Angie questioned herself numerous times and I know she loved the 5.15am Swim starts, but the hard work paid off and you got the result you were looking to achieve.
At Kingscliff over the Olympic Distance, we had a small crew head south for this annual event. Kaya Shults led the way with a 2nd place on the podium in 16-19, while Mitch Baker was 4th 25-29 and Jessica Lee rounded out the positions with a 14th 35-39.
Well done top all that raced. Full results below. Western Australia Ironman - 02.12.18 - 3.8/180/42.2 Kevin Hammond - 42nd Place 40-44 Years Male - First IM 70.3 Mick Woodcock - 4th Place 45-49 Years Male Tania Gover - 5th Place 40-44 Years Female Emily Baker - 8th Place Mixed Teams Relay Norm Marsh - 11th Place 50-54 Years Male Kelly Enright - 15th Place 30-34 Years Female Angie Hammond - 34th Place 40-44 Years Female - First 70.3