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State Standard Distance Championship up for grabs this weekend

  • Triathlon WA
  • 21 Mar 2018
  • Posted 3 years ago

This weekend’s State Standard Distance Championships makes a welcome return to the City of Bunbury as part of the Bunbury City Classic, to be held on Sunday 25 March 2018 at the Back Beach, Bunbury.

This event has a long and proud history in the West Australian triathlon scene with the title having been awarded to WA triathlon royalty over the years. Previous winners include:

  • Greg Mickle(1988)
  • Peter Trench (1980, 93)
  • Stefan Kolm (1991,92,03)
  • Tim Ogden (1993, 95)
  • Courtney Ogden(1998, 05, 06)
  • Warren Milward(1995,97)
  • Paul McKay(1998,2011)
  • Michael Tapscott(2001)
  • Richard Baron-Hay(2002)
  • Steven Bishop(2004, 07)
  • Sean O'Neill(2008, 10)
  • Ryan Bailie (2009)
  • Matt Bruton(2014,15)
  • Oli Stenning(2016, 17)
  • Carol Pickard (1987, 88)
  • Loretta Wesley (1993)
  • Karen Sitko(1998)
  • Angela Milne(2002)
  • Felicity Sheedy-Ryan(2005,09-13)
  • Kate Bevilaqua(2008)
  • Katey Gibb(2014, 15, 16)
  • Kerry Morris(2017)

With no former winners currently on the start list, 2018 will see a new female and male champion added to this illustrious list of former winners.

Heading the charge for this year’s event is Mike Lori, who is looking to take the clean sweep of the Trievents SunSmart Series, having taken out the Hillarys, Armadale and Rockingham races.  His main competition will come from young gun Liam McCoach, who kept pace with Lori a couple of weeks ago in the Way Out West Dash for Cash and Allister Caird, who is on his come back from a horrific bike crash at IRONMAN WA.

In the women's it's a very even field with a number of young guns lining up to fight it out.  Kirby Diaz showed some long course form last weekend at Karri Valley, taking second in the open field but the likes of Aleisha Wesley, Liv Smith and Rachel Wales are yet to be tested over this distance this season.  Anthea Stacey will be joining the start line and it's great to see her back after a lengthy break due to injury.  Rosie Farrell rounds out the list, adding a wealth of experience to the starting line up.

The State Standard Distance Championships is also Race 3 in the Triathlete of the Year Series, with valuable points up for grabs.  It is also the only qualification event in WA for this years ITU World Championships being held on the Gold Coast this September.  Entries are still available at