What an amazing job the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes did over the 5 days at the World Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast with the Age Group Sprint Distance on Thursday the 13th, ITU Junior on Saturday 15th and the culmination of Sunday the 16th with Age Group Olympic Distance and WTS Men. The action was fast and furious at all levels of competition and can't believe the results that unfolded.
The count 20 Athletes 2 x Places - Both 2nd 9 Athletes in the Top 10 - 2 x 2nd, 1 x 4th, 1 x 5th, 2 x 6th, 1 x 7th, 1 x 8th, 1 x 10th 14 Athletes in Top 15 - 1 x 12th, 1 x 13th, 2 x 14th, 1 x 15th
With racing there are always the ups and downs. A few seconds quicker here, a transition a little quicker, the 1 Percenters, change the outcome of the performances. We had so many close to the podium, that a few things that went the athletes way we could of seen a few more on the podium. But that is racing and the crew did an amazing job with some unbelievable results. The early morning starts when it was dark cold and gloomy to the late arvo's finishing in the dark. The hard work was rewarded and I couldn't have asked any more of you all.
In the Sprint distance on the Thursday, some amazing racing. We had 9 toe the line over the draft legal format. For some this was their first race in a draft legal format. It was on from the start and the swim held the key to setting up the race for each of the athletes. Matt Wolstencroft and Jordan Gover ripped it up in the 45-49 years to lead off the bike with the initial winner. Matt went on to finish 2nd while Jordan was 6th.
Chloe Turner just missed running down the 3rd place girl by a matter of seconds to finish 4th. Michael Hooper was 7th which saw him 20 secs off the podium. Gary Turner had a great race to take 13th, with Maddi Dutton and Maureen Cummings both 14th. Tania Gover, does it with a smile each time, but serious you are one tough cookie. You epitomise what the sport is about and to finish 15th....Legend!!! Emma Dann rounded out the 9 with 35th. Not the best prep with Grade 12 exams and overall school pressure but you race well with the limited training you were able to do.
Sunday morning greeted the Olympic Distance Athletes with a call the night before to ban disc wheels based on the weather forecast. It did cause a few dramas and fortunately the wind didn't pick up as expected. A massive kudos to the Race Organisers as if that wind had of turned up earlier there could of been some carnage. I know they copped a lot of flack over it, but the right call was made based on the predicted forecast.
We had another 9 athletes toe the line, with Matt Wolstencroft backing up from the Sprint distance and silver medal. Matt went on to take 6th. Kate Schultz you are one very determined and tough cookie. With limited running you led off the bike and struggled your way thru to hit the podium in 2nd place. Well done to You and Brodie Gardner. Lucy Bowden, now you may not had the performance that we were searching for, but you fought your way with determination to a great position in 8th Place. Still a great result and I know there was nothing left in the tank. Tasha Heikkila rounded out our top 10's with a 10th Place. Another determined performance with the pressures of Grade 12 but you dug deep for that.
The ever consistent Brett Stalley aka "Guns". Another one interrupted preparations, but you moved thru the field after the swim to continue to catch one at a time to finish in 12th. In an extremely competitive age group, Michael Woodcock, along with his hectic workload, did an amazing job. The way you finished that run off shows the hard work is paying off with a 38th. The Doc, Charlotte Durand, had a stint of night shifts leading into the race which wasn't ideal but had no choice and got on with her business with a 10 min PB in 39th. Pauline Ashley battled her way to the end, with an interrupted prep, to finish 54th. While Sandii Rixon has improved immensely since joining SCTA, as a FIFO worker its not easy balancing it all but you raced well to finish off with a 58th and a smile on the face.
Romy Wolstencroft lined up in the ITU Junior Female on the Saturday. This was a journey that started 3.5 years ago. From that first initial talk at Moreton Bay Tri to lining up against the Worlds best Juniors. I know I didn't get to finish the journey, but it was great to see you mix it up with them and take them on. You have come a long way in that 3.5 years and to finish 5th, Awesome. Well done on the result and best of luck with your future in this sport
Finally Ryan Fisher, backing up from World 70.3 and mixing it up in the WTS Finale. Performed well to come away with a 27th Place Elite Male
Well done to all that raced. Full results below World Triathlon Championships – 12-13.09.18 – Gold Coast Sprint Distance – 750/20/5 Matthew Wolstencroft – 2nd Place 45-49 years Male Chloe Turner – 4th Place 25-29 Years Female Jordan Gover – 6th Place 45-49 years Male Michael Hooper – 7th Place 20-24 Years Male Gary Turner – 13th Place 70-74 Years Male Maddison Dutton – 14th Place 20-24 Years Female Maureen Cummings – 14th Place 55-59 Years Female Tania Gover – 15th Place 40-44 Years Female Emma Dann – 35th Place 16-19 Years Female
Olympic Distance – 1.5/40/10 Kate Schultz – 2nd Place 35-39 years Female Matthew Wolstencroft – 6th Place 45-49 years Male Lucy Bowden – 8th Place 25-29 Years Female Anastasia Heikkila – 10th Place 18-19 Years Female Brett Stalley – 12th Place 55-59 Years Male Michael Woodcock – 38th Place 45-49 Years Male Charlotte Durand – 39th Place 25-29 Years Female Pauline Ashley – 54th Place 45-49 years Female Sandii Rixon – 58th Place 30-34 Years Female
ITU Junior - 750/20/5 - Draft Legal Romy Wolstencroft – 5th Place Junior Female
WTS – 1.5/40/10 – Draft Legal Ryan Fisher – 27th Place Elite Male