Over 800 athletes, 150 volunteers and a Technical Official team of 15 braved the conditions in Forster over the weekend for the 2022 Triathlon NSW Club Championships.
Event delivery brings together a range of challenges and the 2022 Club Champs proved no different, Thankfully the event was headed up by our Race Director Partner Elite Energy and once again, they delivered the goods.
A rainy, cold Saturday morning greeted athletes, volunteers, and spectators as they descended on to Main Beach – not the best conditions, but our members (decked out in their best club kits) stuck it out.
Triathlon NSW CEO Adam Wicks was incredibly proud of what turned out to be one of the most memorable Triathlon NSW Club Champs in recent history.
"We were greeted with a cold, wet, grey day. But the rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Soon the event site and course was alight with the purple of the Balmoral TC, the blue and gold of Central Coast TC, the Orange of Coogee TC and continual shout of ‘Go Ringah’, as over 120 Warringah TC members took over the course and made their presence known. We are staunchly proud of the fact that this remains the only event in Australia where you have to be an annual member to get on the start line - it remains a superb celebration of our clubs and their members, and what makes our sport so special," Adam stated.
"And I’m happy to confirm that despite a tough couple of years with COVID, the post-race party is certainly alive and well’.
A notable mention to Balmoral’s Merri Mack who completed her 28th Club Championships and Pulse’s Jayden & Luke Schofield, who may have had the greatest finish in TNSW Club Champs History!
A team of over 150 volunteers braved the conditions to earned valuable points for their club, while a Technical Official Team of 15 led by Technical Delegate Darren Alchin (Kiama), Race Referee Christina Thorne (Port Macquarie) and Chief Race Officer Sarah Maguire (Concord), ensured the safety of our TNSW members was paramount.
The flagship event remains all inclusive, offering the ‘half Club Distance’ and a new ‘teams’ wave – ideal for those who are new to the sport or returning from injury. Not to be left behind, TriKidz & Super Sprint events allowed juniors from across the state to join the fun and earn points for their club. The TNSW Club Championships truly is an event for the whole family.
Finally, a huge amount of praise must be extended to our Race Director Partner, Elite Energy - led by their CEO Mark Emerton and Operations Manager, Kyle Anderson. Elite Energy have once again delivered a great experience for all participants and spectators.
Whilst the competition on the course was fierce and close, for many it’s the battle of the dance floor at the After Party where the true competition kicks in. With 500 people taking the dance floor post presentations, the jury is back on the unofficial ‘Dance Floor’ Club Champion! Balance TC with a unanimous points decision over their rivals Central Coast Triathlon Club.
No doubt a few sore heads on Sunday morning, to go along with legs after a tough but challenging day of swim, bike, run, dance!!
Dates (and location) are not yet set for the 2023 event, but we look forward to making that announcement in the near future.
Individual results can be found here: TriNSW Club Champs (2022) Results | MultiSport Australia
Now, onto the actual winners…
TNSW Junior Club Championships
The junior event saw a whopping 23 clubs enter athletes across a variety of distances. Reigning champions Shellharbour Triathlon Club have done the double and gone back-to-back! Led by their fearless leader Rob Spicer, Shellharbour and its junior program are continuing to go from strength to strength.
Pushing them right to the end was Cronulla Triathlon Club who had a wonderful day out, finishing second – just six points off the title.
|Shellharbour Triathlon Club||25|
|Cronulla Triathlon Club||19|
|Central Coast Triathlon Club||16|
|Maitland Triathlon Club||16|
|Balmoral Triathlon Club||7|
|Penrith Triathlon Club||6|
|Warringah Triathlon Club||5|
|Pulse Triathlon Club||4|
|Tomaree Triathlon Club||4|
|Bondi Running & Triathlon Club (BRAT)||3|
|Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club||3|
|Coogee Triathlon Club||3|
|Hills Triathlon Club||3|
|Newcastle Triathlon Club||3|
|Concord Triathlon Club||2|
|Jervis Bay Triathlon Club||2|
|Northern Suburbs Triathlon Club||2|
|Tamworth Triathlon Club||2|
|Macarthur Triathlon Club||2|
|Scone Triathlon Club||1|
Fourteen clubs battled it out for line honours in Division 4 and it was stacked with 2021 Champions Clarence Valley and new kids on the block, Grafton.
It was a case of hometown heroes in 2022, with Forster Triathlon Club taking line honours ahead of Clarence Valley and Tamworth.
|Forster Triathlon Club||179|
|Clarence Valley Triathlon Club||142|
|Tamworth Triathlon Club||125|
|Byron Bay Triathlon Club||121|
|Pulse Triathlon Club||83|
|FilOz Triathlon Club||74|
|Brighton Baths Athletic Club||59|
|Scone Triathlon Club||52|
|Engadine Triathlon Club||40|
|Grafton Triathlon Club||38|
|T4 Tri Crew Bondi||32|
|Armidale Triathlon Club||8|
|Australian Defence Force||1|
11 clubs made waves in Division 3, hoping to leave Forster victorious.
2021 saw the South Coast go to toe-to-toe with Kiama and Jervis Bay atop of the podium but with a few more clubs in the mix this year, the title race heated up.
Congratulations to Kiama who have not only gone back-to-back but increased their points from last year – a great achievement! Port Macquarie came in second, ahead of Tomaree who rounded out the podium placings.
|Kiama Triathlon Club||312|
|Port Macquarie Triathlon Club||259|
|Tomaree Triathlon Club||213|
|Jervis Bay Triathlon Club||204|
|Concord Triathlon Club||168|
|Northern Suburbs Triathlon Club||126|
|Shellharbour Triathlon Club||124|
|Hat Head Triathlon Club||81|
|Macarthur Triathlon Club||55|
|Mudgee Triathlon Club||28|
The Division 2 title race proved to be the hottest ticket in town! The data was checked, double checked, triple checked and checked again for good measure because just a single point separated our top two teams.
She was tossing up the decision to race or not, and so Robyn Low-Hart could be touted as the reason for Central Coast Triathlon Club nabbing the tightest of victories. The CCTC member & TNSW staff member was battling the flu all week but took to the start line on Saturday morning and didn’t look back.
We look forward to the Central Coast v Coogee battle again next year.
|Central Coast Triathlon Club||363|
|Coogee Triathlon Club||362|
|Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club||302|
|Sydney Triathlon Group (STG)||275|
|Newcastle Triathlon Club||212|
|Penrith Triathlon Club||204|
|Maitland Triathlon Club||184|
|Illawarra Triathlon Club||42|
It’s the heavy weight division and 2022 was no exception.
Hills did the triple in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before Warringah stamped their authority on the competition in 2020 and 2021. Not afraid of a challenge the crew from Warringah turned up in their masses for this year’s event and it paid off. Crowned Champions for the third year running, it’s going to take something special to slow them down moving forward.
Rounding out the podium were Balmoral and Cronulla, while Hills and BRAT return to the drawing board as we head towards a new season.
|Warringah Triathlon Club||621|
|Balmoral Triathlon Club||496|
|Cronulla Triathlon Club||309|
|Hills Triathlon Club||187|
|Bondi Running & Triathlon Club (BRAT)||159|
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