WA will be well represented this weekend in Devonport in the Junior Australian Championships, OTU Oceania Elite & U23 Championships and ITU World Paratriathlon Series. In total, WA is fielding 16 athletes across the events.
WA’s paratriathletes, Sally Pilbeam (PTS4) and David Bryant (PTS5), will be contending for Paralympic Qualification points on Saturday in what is sure to be some high stakes racing. Pilbeam, five-time World Championship medallist, will be chasing points in the PTS4 field against a start list including 2017 World Champion (PTS4) Mami Tani (JPN) and 2019 World Championship bronze medallist (PTS4) Elke Van Engelen (GER). Bryant will have his sights set on backing up his first place finish in his category at the 2020 Newcastle Oceania Paratriathlon Championships last month and take out back-to-back Devonport wins.
For a handy guide on how Paralympic Triathlon selection works, check out this article from Triathlon Australia.
WA will also be represented in the OTU Oceania Elite & U23 Championships by Cassia Boglio, Aleisha Wesley, Luke Bate, Liam Mccoach, Samuel Mileham, Kurt Wesley, and Jonathan Sammut, all competing in the U23 category. Boglio and Wesley will be lining up against another WA product, Kira Hedgeland who now competes for Queensland.
They are joined by Junior athletes Taylor Kroyer, Maddison Toovey, Alec Davison, Adam White, Michael Baker, Ethan Duffy, and Youth athlete Joshua Neervoort, who are competing in the Junior National Championships.
Good luck to all of our WA athletes competing on Saturday!
The 2020 Devonport ITU World Paratriathlon Series will be available to stream live and free on TriathlonLIVE.tv from 2:45pm AEDT (11:45am WST) on Saturday February 29.