.What a season for Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy / Protector Aluminium Athletes that were in action throughout 2016 - 2017. There has been some remarkable performances from the Team. Leading the charge this year was Romy Wolstencroft and Zsolt Dallos who took out the Female and Male Athlete of the year.
Romy Wolstencroft had a break out year and continued to improve throughout the season. The hard work she has been laying down in the pool contributed to some great performances that ended with 2nd place Senior Girls at National Schools Triathlon Championships after defending her Qld Schools Triathlon Title win the win in Senior Girls. She took out her first race win in the Queensland Triathlon Series Race # 3 on home soil. She also had a 3rd, 4th and 5th in the series. Also won the Glenelg Triathlon the day after competing in the Australian Junior Series Race # 3 where she finished 12th ITU Junior.
Zsolt Dallos season culminated with 3 Australian Titles in the 35-39 category ( 2nd Long Course, 3rd Sprint and Olympic Distance), won the Triathlon Queensland State Series and was 6th overall at Hervey Bay 100 taking out his category. He has qualified for the World Long Course at Penticton and Olympic Distance Champs in Rotterdam.
From a Coaches point of view, Head Coach Toby Coote, was pleased to see the development of some great junior athletes into the Open / Elite Category. There is a great Junior based being formed once again and this was signified by SCTA Juniors being selected in the Qld Team of the 14th year straight with a total of 47 athletes being selected.
The Age Group side of SCTA is continually growing and seeing the development of these athletes over the past year is very gratifying, seeing the hard work being rewarded with some outstanding results. It will only keep growing for the future years to come.
Rachel Games is another that has performed well over the season. Highlight was getting a start in the WTS race on the Gold Coast. The first by a Pacific Island athlete male or female. She won the ITU Pacific Island Championships and has met the qualifying criteria for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Peyton Craig had a great year taking out both the All Schools and the Queensland Schools Aquathlon Championships and finishing 2nd at the National Schools Athletics Championships 11 years 800m. He has a huge future ahead.
Some times its not all about the athletes either, Sue Fairweather has been an integral part of SCTA for the past couple of seasons as a Technical Official. She not greets SCTA athletes but all athletes with a smile, is very courtesy and is always on hand to help no matter the situation. This was shown again as she took out Triathlon Queensland Technical Official of the Year for the 2nd year in a row.
SCTA Australian Champions include Brodie Gardner (Elite Cross Tri), Kate Schultz (30-34 Cross Tri). Runner Ups in 2nd place go to Emma Dann (14-15 Sprint), Jordan Gover (45-49 Sprint), Maureen Cummings 55-59 Sprint) and Jake Hynes (15-19 Olympic Distance. While in 3rd place went to Maureen Cummings (55-59 Olympic Distance) and Tania Gover (40-44 Sprint).
Well done to our members that gained selection into the Australian Team for upcoming World Championships. Brodie Gardner (Cross Tri Elite), Jordan Gover (Aquathlon, Aquabike and O.D), Tania Gover (Aquathlon, Sprint), Zsolt Dallos (Long Course and O.D) and Rebecca Ungermann (Long Course and O.D).
SCTA / Protector Aluminium Junior Scholarship holders, Ryan Marsh and Kaya Shults, represented the Squad, Sponsors and themselves extremely well in performance and sportsmanship. It's a long tough season and it didn't go without a few dramas but the way they performed and continued to push themselves in training and racing, I couldn't have asked more from a Coach's perspective.
Ryan Marsh - Had a great season that ended up with his selection in the Qld Team for National Schools Triathlon Champs. He went around the country racing the National Junior Series where he finished with 2 x 2nd places, a third and a 6th to finish 2nd in ITU Youth B Australian Youth Triathlon Series. He won the Queensland Triathlon Series 13 years Male and placed 3rd in the Triathlon Queensland State Series for 12-13 Years Male. Read Ryan's Junior Scholarship Season review click Here
Kaya Shults - Had an eventful year with a bike crash just after Christmas that saw her out of action and in plaster with a fractured scaphoid. But she got back on track to be selected in the Qld Team for National Schools Triathlon Champs where she finished 8th Intermediate Female. She took out 4th place at Qld Schools Triathlon Champs where her plaster only came off a week before the race. So to qualify was a massive achievement in itself. Before the bike crash, she was in very good form and was looking forward to a great performance at Round # 2 of the National Junior Series after making the "A" Final of ITU Youth A at round # 1 where she finished 14th.
There are so many results to note but great performances from the following include Melissa Charlton, Jessica Lee, Jazzy shults, Michael Hooper, Maddison Dutton, Matt Wolstencroft, Jan Harvey, Scott Marsh, Mark Corcoran, Lucy Bowden, Mitch Baker, Maureen Cummings, Warren Venaglia, Chris George, Kayleigh Foster, Sarah and Chris Pye, Emma Hogan, Olivia Latimer, Meg and Macey Roberts just to name a few.
Full wrap up of race results below. Well done to all the SCTA athletes that competed.
ITU Pacific Islands Champion Rachel James PNG
Australian Championship Races 2 x Australian Champions, 8 x Runner Ups and 4 x 3rd Places
World Championships Selection - 5 Members Long Course x 2, Aquathlon x 2, Aquabike x 1, Olympic Distance x 2, Sprint x 1, Cross (Elite) x 1
Queensland Championship Races 8 x Qld Champions, 10 x Runner Ups and 11 x 3rd Places
Outright Professional / Open Races 14 x Race Winners, 6 x Runner Ups, 6 x 3rd Places
Age Group Races 81 x Age Group Race Winners, 77 x Runner Ups and 54 x 3rd Places
Queensland School Triathlon Qualifiers 4 + 1 Reserve - Total over 14 years = 47 selected
Triathlon Queensland Club Championships SCTA - 2nd Place Medium Club and 9th on Aggregate
Queensland Triathlon Series Club Championships SCTA - 6th Place Overall behind much larger clubs
A huge thanks to all the sponsors associated with SCTA. The above results don't happen without their ongoing support Protector Aluminium, Vorgee, Metsure Insurance Brokers, Mizuno, Kawana Aquatic Centre, Rydges Hotels, Apollo Bicycles, Xterra Wetsuits Australia, Allez Sport Mooloolaba, The Event Crew and Ironman Oceania.