The March long weekend saw the best young triathletes from across Australia converge on Champion Lakes for the City of Armadale Way Out West Triathlon, the third and final round of the Australian Youth and Junior Triathlon Series, incorporating the Youth and Junior Australian Championship. And what a great weekend of racing we saw with some local talent taking to the podium.
We started the weekend with the U23/Open Dash For Cash that saw a small but talented field of male and female athletes compete in a handicapped race where first across the line took the cash. The race was taken out by Mike Lori followed by Liam McCoach.
The Youth and Junior Championships were run as an enduro, 2 race format, where the top half of the field from race 1 competed for the Championship in the second race. This format lead to some great racing with a number of the more experienced athletes doing just what was needed to qualify in the first race and then come out all guns blazing in the second.
We crowned a new Male and Female National Junior Champion. In the Junior Womens Field, series leader Charlotte Derbyshire took the win in a sprint finish from Romy Wolstencroft and Gizelde Strauss.
In the Men's race the field split into 2 groups for most of the race until the run, when series leader Luke Bate pulled away for the win from Jayden Scofield in second and his brother Luke in third.
Day 2 started with the Youth A and B Womens Final. In Youth A Taylor Kroyer (WA) took out the title, pulling away from Tara Solinski(QLD) and Bianca Jones (QLD) in the run to take a clean sweep of the series.
In Youth B it was a clean sweep of the podium to WA with Rhianna Hepburn taking first, Maisy Redden in second and Indie Arbuckle in third.
In the Men's Youth A it was an exciting sprint finish with James Olson-Keating (NSW) taking the win from Ethan Stretton (TAS) and Daniel Kempson (WA).
In the Youth B final it was an all Queensland affair with Thomas Feldman in first, Jack Crome in second and Jackson Medway in third.
For the Youth A & B, this event was the final race in the series. So, with the points now in for the series WA's Taylor Kroyer, took out the Youth A Female, Rhiannon Hepburn, won the Youth B Female, Daniel Kempson was second in Youth A Males and Maisy Redden, third in the Youth B Females.
The Juniors still have one race to go in the series in New Plymouth on the 24/25 March. Luke Bate is currently leading the Junior Male and will be heading to New Zealand to hopefully seal the championships. A number of other young WA triathletes will also be heading over to try to win places in the Youth Olympics team, which will be held in Buenos Aires in October.
Thank you to everyone involved in the event, the athletes, parents, coaches, technical crew and event crew. A great weekend of racing.
Youth Series Championship Final Standings:
ITU Youth A Female:
1. Taylor Kroyer (WA)
2. Tara Sosinksi (QLD)
3. Brooke McCullough (VIC)
ITU Youth A Male:
1. Ethan Stretton (TAS)
2. Daniel Kempson (WA)
3. James Olson-Keating (NSW)
ITU Youth B Female:
1. Rhiannon Hepburn (WA)
2. Tamsyn Hill (QLD)
3. Maisy Redden (WA)
ITU Youth B Male:
1. Thomas Feldmann (QLD)
2. Jackson Medway (QLD)
2. Jack Crome (QLD)