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Matt Burton and Felicity Sheedy-Ryan Claim Victory in the State Long Course Championships

Matt Burton and Felicity Sheedy-Ryan Claim Victory in the State Long Course Championships

Date: 05 May 2021
Posted: 2 years ago

Near perfect conditions greeted the 1100 strong field of participants at the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon over the weekend.

Saturday morning was host to the IRONMAN 70.3, a 1.9km swim, 90.1km cycle and 21.1km run with over 900 individuals and 130 teams taking on the challenge.

There was a buzz around the event site on Saturday morning, as the WA community embraced the opportunity to take part in what was the 20th edition of the event in Busselton. The age group athletes made their way to the start line in front of the Goose Café to take on the 1.9km swim.

Alongside the IRONMAN 70.3 event was the Triathlon WA State Long Course Open Championships. This event across the same distance, provided an opportunity for professional and open athletes from Western Australia to be crowned State Open Long Course Champion. Professional Triathlete, Matt Burton (Oceanic Tri Club) and 2020 winner crossed the finish line in first place in a time of 3 hours 49 mins. Young WA talent, Nick Thompson (UWA Tri Club) and Jonney Sammut (UWA Tri Club) claimed their first podiums and showed the future of WA racing looks bright.

In the womens’s field Felicity Sheedy-Ryan took out another State Long Course Championships. The former World Duathlon Champion, said it was a tough day, but a fantastic opportunity to be back racing in WA.

Brett Johnson (Rockingham Tri Club) recorded the fastest time in the Age Group event (for the second year in a row) finishing in 4 hours. Fiona Whelan took out the women’s field in a time of 4:39.

The IRONMAN 70.3 was a qualification event for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Utah in September. 

The 20th edition of the Busselton Festival of Triathlon was not possible without the support of the volunteers. 300 plus dedicated volunteers helped to delver the event for the athletes.

Triathlon WA wish to thank their sponsors and delivery partners for their continued support of the event. The City of Busselton, Heathway and Tourism WA have been major supporters for over 20 years and we look forward to continuing the deliver the Busselton Festival of Triathlon for many years to come.


Age GroupFemale State ChampionMale State Champion
20-24Haylee SlaterAidan Clark
Team XTR Triathlon ClubMandurah Triathlon Club
25-29Elyse LambertBen Stone
Mandurah Triathlon ClubOceanic Triathlon Club
30-34Chantal IvoryAlex Stuart
Break Your Limits Triathlon AcademyDefence Force Triathlon Club (WA)
35-39Alexandra MeekBrett Johnson
UWA Triathlon ClubRockingham Triathlon Club
40-44Eve O’HareMark Oakshott
Team XTR Triathlon Club
45-49Fiona HamptonRyan Baugh
North Coast Triathlon ClubOceanic Triathlon Club
50-54Katherine RyanMathew Jennings
Stadium Triathlon ClubStadium Triathlon Club
55-59Caroline AndersonTim Howley
Break Your Limits Triathlon AcademyFremantle Triathlon Club
60-64Robyn ScottBarry Silverlock
North Coast Triathlon ClubNorth Coast Triathlon Club
65-69Audrey HullGeorge Funk
EFS Triathlon ClubNorth Coast Triathlon Club
70-74N/ADoug Adams
Stadium Triathlon Club
OpenFelicity Sheedy-RyanMatt Burton
UWA Triathlon ClubOceanic Triathlon Club
ParatriathleteN/ANige Young
Perth Triathlon Club