2019/20 SCTA Male recipient - Ryan Marsh
Ryan Marsh, Triathlete
My journey and SCTA Junior Scholarship holder Profile
I have been a member of the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy (SCTA) and coached under the guidance of Head Coach Toby Coote for the past four years.
This year I have been fortunate to be selected to represent SCTA as the 2019/2020 SCTA/Protector Aluminum Junior Scholarship recipient.
I am incredibly honoured and excited that SCTA can provide this fantastic opportunity to its Junior athletes and I hope to represent SCTA/Protector Aluminium (Grant Symes) and sponsors of this scholarship in a respectful and professional demeanour as my journey grows in the sport of Triathlon both locally and internationally.
Learning and Listening as an athlete in Sport
I have learnt over the past four years, having the right support crew and guidance provided by all those involved in SCTA has developed me to where I am now. With the additional assistance of SCTA coach Toby at racing both local and interstate events, as well as mentors and friendships built with other SCTA members, have taught me that to become a good athlete is about learning to accept the good highlights along with the adverse outcomes which as a result has enabled me in growing as a person.
I understand to be a good athlete is an opportunity to compete against others and to be successful. Focusing on the great things I can do will allow me to pursue excellence, not perfection. I have in the past had a few setbacks when the race outcome was not what I wanted it to be. Toby has been there to help me remain focused and point me in the right direction through his advice, which has kept me humble, built my self-confidence and made me more driven and committed to achieving my goals?
My Goals for this season and looking forward.
This season starts off with being selected in the Australian Team in the 16-19 Age Group Team for the World ITU Triathlon Champs in Lausanne. And then I will be competing in the Australian Junior Triathlon Series as well as locally supported triathlon events, especially the Queensland Triathlon Series.
Sequentially my goal for each race is to aim high, learn and build on experiences learnt from each race (good or bad results) to move towards my ultimate goal of being selected in the Junior/U23 Australian team in the future. I understand this may not happen this year or even the one after that, but I am very committed and love this sport.
I would love to thank all the sponsors of SCTA including Vorgee, Clif Bar Australia, Cannibal Australia, Mizuno Running Australia, Tara Leanne Nutrition, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, The Event Crew, Intune Sports Massage, Ironman Oceania, Allez Sport Mooloolaba, Davey and Associates Optometrist, Stratton Finance Mooloolaba, Felt Bicycles Australia, Titan Performance Group and of course Grant Symes from protector Aluminium for all the hard work, effort and all the support provided for us young athletes.
Can’t wait for the season to begin!
2018-19 Season Highlights
Australian Triathlon Team Selection 16-19 Years Sprint World Champs
1st Place 14-15 Years Triathlon Queensland State Series
1st Place 14-15 Years QTS # 5 Robina
1st Place 14-15 Years Kurnell Triathlon
2nd Place 13-15 Years Queensland Sprint Champs
2nd Place 15-16 Years Male Bribie Island Tri Race # 1
3rd Place 14-15 Years QTS # 3 Robina
6th Place "Youth A" - Australian Junior Triathlon Series # 2
7th Place 14-15 Years Australian Sprint Champs
7th Place Intermediate Male - Qld All schools Triathlon Champs
9th Place "Youth A" - Oceania + Australian Sprint Champs - Australian Junior Triathlon Series # 3
10th Place Intermediate Male - Qld Schools Triathlon Champs
12th Place "Youth A" - Australian Junior Triathlon Series # 1