This Sunday, 28 March, will see Mullaloo Beach play host to the Triathlon WA State Sprint Championships hosted at the City of Joondalup Coastal Quest event held by Team XTR. Following it’s postponement from December last year, and the subsequent postponement of the State Standard Distance Championships, this will mark the second State Championship race this season.
The new location for the event, necessitated by roadworks, will make for an exciting change of scenery for the 440 competitors due to take to the start line. With ages ranging from 7 to 70+, participants were spoilt for choice in race formats with a SunSmart Kids Triathlon, Enticer distance, Sprint distance and even a Duathlon!
The Open field will again make for an excellent race between a number of WA’s finest, including last year’s male State Sprint Champion, Jonathan Sammut (Exceed Tri Club/UWA Tri Club), and last year’s Triathletes of the Year, Nick Thompson (UWA Tri Club) and Madison Toovey (North Coast Tri Club). After an exceptional win at the RAC Karri Valley Triathlon, Thompson is sure to be looking to back it up at the championships. Sammut will also have to defend his title against the likes of Adam White (Exceed Tri Club), David Bryant (Oceanic Tri Club), Matt Burton (Oceanic Tri Club), Guy Crawford (Fremantle Tri Club), Reece Harris (Mandurah Tri Club), Sam Mileham (Fremantle Tri Club), Zeke Tinley (Bunbury Tri Club) and Kurt Wesley (North Coast Tri Club) in what is sure to make for some great racing!
The women’s race will be headlined by State Series leader and two-time World Champion, Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (UWA Tri Club) who will be seeking to stamp her authority on the field and edge closer towards the Triathlete of the Year award this year. She will be challenged by young up-and-comers, Toovey, Rhianna Hepburn (UWA Tri Club), Jessica Claxton (North Coast Tri Club), Brooke McCoy (Fremantle Tri Club) and Aleisha Wesley (North Coast Tri Club). Toovey and McCoy will be looking to improve on last year’s second and third respectively.
The Senior men’s competition will see some fierce competition with a number of strong contenders across the Age Groups with the State Series leaders from almost every age group competing, including Aidan Clark (Mandurah), Daniel Heyes (North Coast Tri Club), Loic Draoulec (Stadium Tri Club), Daniel Wedge (North Coast Tri Club), Damien Porter (Stadium Tri Club), Russell Harris (Mandurah Tri Club), Darryl Harris (Mandurah Tri Club), Alan Hartley (North Coast Tri Club), David Whiteley (Mandurah Tri Club), and Doug Adams (Stadium Tri Club). The women’s field will also see some fast racing with many of their leaders also lining up, such as Sarah Nisbet (Albany Tri Club), Michelle Carranza (Fremantle Tri Club), Emma Moon (Phoenix Tri Club), Rebecca Lewis (Exceed Tri Club), Suzanne Hall (Stadium Tri Club), Katherine Ryan (Stadium Tri Club), Jane Hardy (Busselton Tri Club), and Sandy Tindale (North Coast Tri Club).
Our Junior State Series also wraps up this weekend with our 12 – 19 age athletes looking to secure their last points towards ToTY. With the top spot in contention in 5 of the 6 junior categories there is sure to be some fierce racing.
The City of Joondalup Coastal Quest starts from 6:50 am on Sunday, 28 March at Mullaloo Beach.