This weekend’s City of Armadale Way Out West Triathlon hosted by Triathlon WA is Race 4 of the Australian Youth/Junior/U23 Series. It will be the first time an Australian Junior Series Race has been held in Western Australia. For ITU Junior and ITU Youth athletes, Way Out West is the final race of their series and no doubt the double points on offer will be hotly contested.
Looking at the points standings after three races, Queensland’s Joanne Miller and Western Australia’s Kira Hedgland are currently tied at the top of the ITU Junior Women’s table with another Western Australian athlete, Jessica Claxton, also within striking distance.
In the ITU Junior Men’s category, Lorcan Redmond from New South Wales and Liam McCoach from Western Australia are separated by a point with the ACT’s Callam McClusky and Queensland’s Nicholas Free hot on their heels. The winner of Race 3 at Glenelg, Queensland’s Matt Hauser, will be looking to go two from two as he continues his comeback from injury. Hauser set up the win at Glenelg with a stunning ride off the front of the pack and has cemented his place as one of Australia’s most exciting young talents.
In the ITU Youth A (15-16 years) category Charlotte Derbyshire from South Australia sits at the top of the Women’s table with a two-point break over Queensland’s Richelle Hill while in the ITU Youth A Men’s we see Queensland’s Lachlan Sosinski just a point ahead of South Australia’s Sam Tierney.
In the ITU Youth B (13-14years) Women’s category a single point separates Queensland’s Ellen Thomas from another Queensland athlete in Tara Sosinski and Chloe Bateup from the ACT. The ITU Youth B (13-14years) Men’s table is dominated by Queensland athletes with Col Curry having a commanding lead over Ryan Marsh and Mitchell Yarde.
Way Out West will also host the OTU Oceanic Junior Mixed Relay Championships. The Mixed Relay Championship is a selection race for the Commonwealth Games Relay Test Event which will be run at the Gold Coast WTS Race on 8th April. The first three teams at Way Out West (a total of 12 athletes) and then the next six male and female fastest relay athletes will be selected to race in the Relay Test Event.
For more information about Way Out West head to http://www.wayoutwesttriathlon.com.au/ and keep an eye on Triathlon WA’s Facebook page and Instagram for updates over the weekend.