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National Titles and Podiums for WA Triathletes in Devonport

  • Tri WA
  • 03 Mar 2020
  • Posted 3 months ago

Tough conditions met all the athletes at Devonport this weekend for the ITU World Paratriathlon Series and OTU Sprint Triathlon Championships, but the racing did not disappoint. The race also doubled as the Australian Junior National Championships. The 17 strong team from WA with athletes from Youth to U23 and Para-triathletes, would take on the best and up-and-coming Australian and International athletes over two days of racing.

Saturday morning kicked of the racing with the Junior Men and Women. Adam White (Exceed Tri Club/Eclipse PC) started off the successful weekend for WA taking 2nd in the Australian Junior Championships. Post-race White reflected on his success stating “I was super nervous before the race but as soon as the gun went off I was fired up and ready to go”. His result from the weekend adds to his 4th place at Runaway Bay in 2019. “Up next I am racing New Plymouth which is the Junior World Qualifier. This is a big race for me” said White.

In a true show of sportsmanship, Alec Davison (Fremantle Tri Club/Eclipse PC), sacrificed his own race to help out a fellow competitor who crashed on the bike course. We would like to acknowledge Alec for this demonstration of sportsmanship and values of our triathlon community.

The Junior Girls race feature Taylor Kroyer (EFS Tri Club/Eclipse PC) and Maddison Toovey (North Coast Tri Club/GK Endurance) who placed 5th and 6th in the Australian Junior Championships respectively.

In the Men’s U23 event, Luke Bate (UWA Tri club) placed 5th with current WA State Sprint Champion, Jonney Sammut (Exceed Tri Club/Eclipse PC) packing 9th. The women’s saw WA product, who is now QLD based, Kira Hedgeland take silver and Cassia Boglio (UWA Tri Club) 12th.

Rounding out Saturday’s racing was the ITU World Paratriathlon Series with WA Athletes, Sally Pilbeam (North Coast Tri Club/GK Endurance) (PTS4) and David Bryant (Stadium Tri Club/Elotik Pro Triathlon) (PTS5). Bryant was chasing back to back wins on this course but was outrun by 14 seconds by Gunther Matzinger of Austria. “It was the windiest conditions that I have raced in. The hotdog loops on the bike made it challenging from a skill perspective with the cross winds”.  Bryant said. “I ran really well. I was able to outrun Bourseaux from France but Matzinger had too much leg speed”.

This result for Bryant adds to his 2nd place at Paratriathlon World Cup and 1st place at Paratriathlon Oceania Championships and will place him in a great position for selection to the Toyko Paralympics.

Pilbeam, also chasing qualification for the Paralympics, took out 3rd place in the PTS4 Women’s category. Pilbeam also stated she was happy with her result in the tough conditions and will turn her focus to now racing in Sarasota, Florida in three weeks’ time.

Alec Davison, Madison Toovey, Adam White and Taylor Kroyer represented WA in the Australian Junior Mixed Relay Championships on Sunday morning. Chasing leaders New South Wales 1, Central North Island New Zealand and Queensland for the bulk of the race, our WA team waited until the third leg to make their move, with a pivotal performance from Adam White pulling them into the lead at the final change with Kroyer crossed the line to claim the Australian Junior Mixed Relay title for WA ahead of New South Wales in 2nd and Queensland in 3rd.

Kroyer said “The relay was a lot of fun and coming away with the National Title was a bit of a shock. I loved racing this format and racing with our team from WA”.

The National Title rounded out a successful weekend for WA racing.

Race

Name

Overall Place

Australian Place

ITU World Paratriathlon Series – PTS5 Men

David Bryant

2nd

N/A

ITU World Paratriathlon Series – PTS4 Women

Sally Pilbeam

3rd

N/A

OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Championships – U23 Men

Luke Bate

5th

3rd

Jonathan Sammut

9th

4th

Liam McCoach

16th

11th

Kurt Wesley

27th

21st

OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Championship – U23 Women

Cassia Boglio

12th

8th

Australian Junior Sprint Championship - Male

Adam White

4th

2nd

Alec Davison

28th

21st

Ethan Duffy

30th

23rd

Michael Baker

43rd

36th

Australian Junior Sprint Championship – Female

Taylor Kroyer

6th

5th

Madison Toovey

8th

7th

Australian Youth Sprint Championship – Male

Joshua Neervoort

3rd

3rd

Australian Junior Mixed Relay Championship

Western Australia – Team 1

2nd

1st 

Image credit: Delly Carr

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