More than 165 talented athletes will gather at the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre on Sunday, October 15th, starting at 8 am for the EXSS Sprint Duathlon, promising a day of thrilling and fast-paced racing.
It’s the Triathlon WA State Duathlon Championships for both the Junior State Series and Senior State Series, and it’s a chance for athletes to score some serious Triathlete of the Year Points. But here’s the kicker – it’s not just any race; it’s got the elite status of being a World Qualifying event for the World Triathlon Age Group World Championships. So, if you’re dreaming of donning the Green and Gold on the international stage, this is your golden ticket!
The racing format varies by age group. The Senior State Series and Junior State Series athletes in the 16-19 age group will take on the sprint course, which includes a 5km run, a 20km bike ride, and a final 2.5km run. Meanwhile, the Juniors State Series athletes in the 12-13 and 14-15 age groups will compete the Bolt with a 2.5km run, a 10km bike ride, and a 1.25km run.
In the open women’s category, after second place at the State Standard Distance, Sian Munks (UWA) is back to bring on some fast racing and is bound to push the pace on the run legs. Aleisha Wesley (NCTC), will be on the start line, determined to secure another State Championship win. Herlene Yu (Fremantle) fresh from representing Singapore at the Asian Games, is in excellent racing form and promises fierce competition.
The open men’s race features tough contenders, including Matt Burton (Oceanic), Reece Harris (Mandurah), Rowan Kerr (Team XTR), and Ronan Hays (Mandurah), who will battle it out for the Championship title. Burton recently clinched second place at the Standard Distance State Champs, while Harris secured fourth place. With the unique duathlon format, the race outcome promises to be an exciting spectacle.
The age group categories will witness the return of accomplished athletes such as Joao Carlos Berrnades Neto (Non Club) and Jason Bonser (Mandurah). Peter Brozicevich (Fremantle) is back in the WA racing scene after his impressive performance at the Ironman World Championships in Nice.
Anna Massey (Exceed) has her sights set on retaining her age group state champion title, and Melanie Wade (Stadium) who finished second last year, is sure to be a strong contender. Pip Laufmann (Stadium) and Jane Hardy (Busselton) are expected to showcase their skills in a highly competitive field.
To all participants, we extend our best wishes for a victorious and enjoyable competition. May the EXSS Sprint Duathlon be a thrilling event for all. Good luck and have fun!