These past 12 months, have been a blast and have gone really fast. I have learnt not only in races but also at training with Head Coach SCTA Toby Coote who have had a very large impact on my performance, training and achievements for the season. The SCTA / Protector Aluminium Junior Scholarship has helped me with my training and racing outcomes financially and through ongoing improvement in my racing and future goals. The Scholarship has helped me develop and become a better athlete both physically and mentally.
The SCTA / Protector Aluminium Scholarship includes some amazing products from Mizuno Running Australia, Xterra Wetsuits Australia, Vorgee, Cannibal Australia and Endura Sports Nutrition. All of these products have really assisted with my training; racing and nutrition throughout the season. In addition, the support from Kawana Aquatic Centre by providing a 6-month membership is greatly appreciated and The Event Crew for providing a Series entry into the 2016/2017 QTS Series and Ironman Oceania for the Luke Harrop Memorial Gold Coast Triathlon held in April 2017 this financial support is incredible.
At the start of this year's season, my run was not my strongest leg due to running in very heavy shoes and poor running technique. With the help from Toby Coote (SCTA Head Coach) my running technique has improved out of sight and the support from Mizuno Running Australia, who provided me with a few pairs of shoes for training and racing. The new shoes which are much lighter and better suited to my feet and have given me the comforts of padding as well as lightness for speed. These shoes have helped my run become stronger again in training and off the bike in a triathlon. This has been evident in my run times after the bike all season.
In winter, I knew it was essential to keep warm while training, but I didn’t know how to. With the help of Xterra Wetsuits Australia, I was given some amazing products which included an awesome wetsuit, the Xterra Vengeance, a super speedy Speed Suit, the Xterra Valor and other clothing. These products have really produced good results for me by keeping my warmth in training and racing and speed when I raced.
To improve my swimming, I knew Vorgee was the way to go. After receiving many useful products such as the Vorgee Missiles goggles and other Vorgee swim training accessories which have really helped to improve my swimming alongside the Coaching from Toby. As now in training I have changed my technique completely and I am trying hard to swim with the right technique and get that down pat before I worry about any speed. Which I was told will come after a few months of swimming with correct technique. My speed is starting to come as my technique has improved immensely.
Also, now in my races I can race in ease thanks to Cannibal Australia for making such great quality race suits and training gear and Endura Sports Nutrition for my pre-and post race recovery and nutrition. Additionally, I would also like to thank SCTA / Protector Aluminium for the provision of all the fantastic products such as the Race Suit and associated Training Gear which I use while training and the SCTA clothing products provided as part of the scholarship.
As you have read the last 12 months of my racing and training has gone well and I really appreciate the support I have received with the SCTA / Protector Aluminium Junior Scholarship which has made my triathlon life a lot easier and enjoyable. I cannot thank Head Coach Toby Coote enough for what he has helped me with to improve my training and racing. Also, a massive thanks to all the sponsors associated with the SCTA Junior Scholarship. I’m excited to see what next season brings for me.
Here are some results from the past 12 months:
Moreton Bay triathlon - 3rd Place U/14 Years Male
Nissan State Series 3rd Overall U/14 Years Male
National All Schools Triathlon Championships - 11th Place Male Junior
Luke Harrop Memorial - Gold Coast Triathlon - U/14 Years Male
Australian Junior Triathlon Series - 2nd Overall Male Youth B
Queensland Tri Series Overall Winner - 13 Years Male
Australian Junior Triathlon Series Race # 4 - 2nd place Youth B
QTS # 7 Raby Bay Triathlon - 2nd Place 13 Years Male
Queensland Schools State Triathlon Championships - 5th Place Junior Male
Australian Junior Triathlon Series Race # 3 - 3rd Place Youth B
Australian Junior Triathlon Series Race # 2 - 2nd Place Youth B
QTS # 5 - Robina Triathlon - 3rd Place U/14 Years Male
Australian Junior Triathlon Series Race # 1 - Super Sprint Weekend - 6th Place - Youth B
QLD Duathlon Championships – 4th Place 12-13 Years Male
Sunshine Coast Marathon Run Festival 5km – 2nd Place 11-14 Years Male
QTS # 1 Raby Bay Triathlon – 6th Place U/14 Years Male
QTS # 2 Robina Triathlon – 2nd Place 13 Years Male
Bribie Island Tri Series Race # 1 – 2nd Place 12-13 Years Male
QLD All Schools Triathlon – 11th Place Junior Male
QLD Aquathlon Championships – 4th Place 12 – 13 Years Male
QTS # 3 Kawana Triathlon – 2nd Place 13 Years Male
TREX Cross Triathlon Lake Crackenback– 2nd Place 12-13 Years Male
Kingscliff Triathlon – 1st Place 13 Years Male
QTS # 4 Raby Bay Triathlon - 1st Place 13 Years Male