Congratulation to all our West Australian competitors who particpated in the Ironman event in Melbourne. A special note of congratulations to the participants who got a podium result, these being:
Lauren Jones 1st Place (25 – 29) Nera Jareb 2nd Place (25 – 29)
Caroline Ashby 2nd Place (30 -34)
Michelle Boyes 1st Place (40 – 44) David Boyes 2nd (45 – 49)
Helen Vagnoni 1st Place (50 – 54)
Please see results attached:
Follow local Pro althete Kate Bevilaqua’s race report from Ironman 70.3 Singapore 2012.
2012 Australian Youth Triathlon Championships - currently being held in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. We have three West Australian competitors who have competed and achieved some outstanding results. Kira & Jaz Hedgeland came 2nd and 1st in their respective age groups and Justin Ghosh came 11th placing in the 17 – 18 year old males. For more information and results follow the link below:
Photos courtesy Keith Hedgeland
March 19, 2012: The future champions of Australian triathlon will converge onto the Sunshine Coast this week for the inaugural Australian Youth Triathlon Championships in and around the Novotel Resort Twins Waters, starting on Thursday, March 22 in what will be another massive week of multi-sport action in one of the real hubs of the sport.
Over 100 individual entries and sixteen teams will take part in the first ever AYTC with 45 females and 59 males, some who will be among the contenders for this year’s ITU World Championships inAucklandin October.
The AYTC is open to triathletes aged 13 to 18 and will be divided into three age categories for girls and boys and the three individual age groups, with the individual racing set down for Thursday and the teams event scheduled for Friday – both days starting at 9am.
The three age group categories and distances are:
- 13 and 14 years – 400m swim, 12km bike and 3km run
- 15 and 16 years – 600m swim, 16km bike and 4km run
- 17 and 18 years – 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
There are entries from every state in Australia for what will be a perfect prelude to this weekend’s ITU World Cup Triathlon in Mooloolaba which will see some of the sport’s biggest names – Emma Moffatt, Emma Snowsill, Erin Densham, Felicity Abram, Ashleigh Gentle, Brad Kahlefeldt, Brendan Sexton and Chris McCormack step up their racing in the countdown to the London Olympics.
But it will be the future Olympians who will get the chance to show their wares first up, some who have been in action during this year’s Australian Junior Series, names like Australian Junior Series Champion Jaz Hedgeland from WA; Queensland pair, swim-biker Brittany Forster and Holly Grice in the (17/18 years); Laura Cook from NSW (15/16years); Victoria’s Anna Coldham (17/18 years) and Tasmania’s talented athletics/triathlon star Natalea Smith (17/18 years) in the girls and Queensland pair Christian Wilson and Luke Willian (15/16years); and NSW duo Matt Baker (17/18 years) and Shane Ilgen (17/18years) in the boys.
Hedgeland was impressive in winning the Australian Junior Championship in Devonport recently to wrap up the Series and she was closing onNew Zealand’s reigning ITU World Junior Champion Mikayla Nielsen in the final one kilometre run of theOceaniacategory at the end of the 750m swim, 20km bike, five km run course.
While in the boys NSW’s Matt Baker’s sixth placing in the red-hot Junior field in Devonport confirmed his talent and with young Queensland’s Wilsonand Willian joined by Matt Roberts in the (15/16years), which will be one of the closest races of the day.
The AYTC will also feature a Mixed Teams Triathlon Relay on Friday March 23 for two males and two females in each team with each athlete completing an ultra triathlon super sprint of 200m swim, 4km bike and 1.2km run before tagging their teammates.
All events in the AYTC include a draft legal cycling leg allowing junior athletes to compete under the same cycling rules as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and ITU Triathlon World Championships.
The AYTC is part of a major push by TriathlonAustraliato develop the sport at a junior level and follows the introduction of theNationalTalentAcademy, established in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission to set up the best possible pathway to the Olympics and Commonwealth Games for the best available athletes.
Triathlon Australia’s National Manager Athlete Development Craig Redman says the racing is certain to bring out the best inAustralia’s next crop of talented triathletes.
“It has already been an exciting season for some of these guys who have raced in the Australian Junior Series but to add a host of other kids from around the country will give them some ideal draft legal experience and that is the key to moving forward in their careers,” said Redman.
“We are delighted to have the kind of response we’ve had from the athletes, the coaches and the Triathlon Clubs and to also put on a whole range of events, including the Teams event will be very exciting indeed.”
There will also be a who’s who of triathlon at an education afternoon following Thursday’s racing including leading coaches and former and current champions.
Leading the list will be:
- Three-time World Champion and duel Olympian Peter Robertson
- World Champion bronze medallist and Olympian and Olympic gold medal coach Craig Walton
- Olympic bronze medallist Jan Rehula and
- Under 23 ITU World Champion Emma Jackson.
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Perth local and Triathlon Excellence Program member Jaz Hedgeland has taken out the 2012 Australian Junior Championship following her phenomenal performance in Devonport at the OTU Oceania Triathlon Championships on the weekend. Jaz placed second (1:05:10) at the event, behind the current Junior World Champion, New Zealander Mikala Nielsen (1:05:00) and achieved silver OTU Junior Elite Champion.
In a very competitive field of 22 junior athletes, Jaz was in the front of the pack on the swim (08:31), which is great improvement on her part and put herself into an ideal position at the start of the race. Exiting Transition 1 she placed herself in the front pack on the bike, which in itself was an extremely technical and hilly course. Jaz handled this extremely well and dictated the speed on the bike leg (37:30).
Into transition 2 in the lead pack, Jaz headed out onto the run course 25sec behind the leader Nielsen and managed to run alongside the previous years’ junior champion Tamsyn Moana-Veale in the first lap. Jaz then put on the power in the second lap and tried to attack Nielsen but could not quite get her and crossed the line a mere 10 seconds later (17:55).
Jaz is an extremely talented young athlete and given she is now in her final year at school, and the demands of daily life are ever increasing, she is handling the pressure with outstanding commitment to her training and continuous improvement in her performances.
Triathlon Australia High Performance Director Michael Flynn stated, “It is very pleasing to see Jaz improve with each race and learns the skills of racing, once she conquers the aggressive killer instinct that all great athletes have Jaz will then step up again and then she will then realise how good she can be. Jaz and her family are a pleasure to deal with and Triathlon WA should be proud of their achievements with the young athletes coming through the WA system.
Over the next few weeks we will see Jaz compete at the 2012 Australian Youth Championships in 21-23 March 2012 Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast QLD and then again at the National Schools Triathlon Championships in Busselton 2-5 April 2012.
In the past five years, three of the Australian Junior Champions have gone on to compete successfully at World Cup races. Triathlon WA will continue to support Jaz and eagerly watch her take on the challenges ahead.
All photos courtesy Keith Hedgeland
Triathlon WA wish to congratulate our TEP/NTA athletes Jaz Hedgeland and Kenji Nener who both placed second at the OTU Oceania Triathlon Championships in Devonport in their respective male and female Junior Elite Categories. In a very competative field, racing against some of the worlds’ best junior athletes, both our athletes performed superbly to cross the line in second place.
More informantion and full race reports to follow soon.
For more information see below:
Last weekend was the beginning of the 2012 season for Kate and it started with a bang! Or what we should call a “weather bomb!”
Unfortunately the Ironman NZ was changed to a 70.3 due to horrendous weather conditions, but it was a great day of racing and a podium finish with 2nd fo Kate! Kate is extremely pleased with this so early in the season after a break following Ironman WA and she looks forward to building throughout the season and many more podiums!
To read Kate’s blog click here.
After Event 8 of the State Series Race for Adults and Event 4 for our juniors, the State Series TOTY points score is starting to heat up as we head towards the back end of the competition season for 2011/2012. More info on current rankings PLEASE CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW.
Waves, hills and a snake…. Mike Gee’s kind of triathlon…
TWA pro althete Mike Gee headed to Albany on the long weekend to particiapte in the annual Albany Classic Olympic Distance event.
His training had been going well so it looked set to be a great weekend… read more
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