The commencement of the hump back whale migration off the coast of NSW means one thing! We are close to the biggest party of the season – TNSW Club Championships!
This true celebration of what makes Triathlon NSW Affiliated clubs and memberships so wonderful and unique, takes us back to the superb and spectacular beach side location of Forster, NSW.
Much like Division 3 and 4, our ‘experts’ have had a go at selecting who they feel will take the win, which clubs are on the way up the podium and who are our dark horses.
2021 Champions: Central Coast Tri Club
TNSW’s ‘Most likely to win’: Coogee Triathlon Club
TNSW’s Dark Horse: STG Triathlon Club
2021 Division 2 Champions Central Coast Tri Club have had a tough season, with COVID lockdowns and issues recommencing their club racing locally. However, they are staunchly proud of the fact that they took out Division 2 last season, and have no intention of giving up their title without a fight. They are rallying their troops, and rallying strong. Good numbers already are registered which sends a warning sign to their opposition.
They have kept their club spirit alive through a strong turnout at local commercial events and solid junior training sessions to ensure the Central Coast TC candle burns bright. Sitting fourth in what has been a rain effected Forager Hunter Interclub League, president and leader Matt Porta added, "We were pumped to win Division 2 last year against some highly regarded opposition. Our members have never been more fired up to head to Forster and retain the title!"
And in a parting ominous sign for the Junior competition, the club are focusing on their juniors.
"We are also spending plenty of time on our junior program to make sure we have great representation there after a really solid result last year. The junior program is led by the one and only Robyn Low-Hart, who has a proven track record of creating winning teams, particularly during her time at Hills TC in 2017 and 2018," Said Porta.
The Coogee Tri Club is our ‘Most Likely to win’. We have inside word that members of this club have been putting in the hard yards through their club training and the club was very pleased with their results at Big Husky with a nice mix of age groups, genders and strong podiums throughout. They know if they can replicate this form, they will be ‘there or there about’ at the Club Champs.
They’ve tasted success at this event, having taken out the TNSW Club Champs Division 3 times previously (2012, 2015 and 2016). They feel it’s their time to return to the top step and the pinnacle of the sport.
When asked for a few words, President Matt Payne flashed a cheeky smile clearly happy to stoke the fire but not wanting to show all his cards too soon.
“No doubt we’ve got a strong contingent of racers and volunteers already signed up and ready to give their best for the club so hopefully we’ll do one better then last year. Our goal is to return the trophy back to our fictional trophy cabinet in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney".
Finally, the TNSW’s ‘Dark Horse’ in this division – Sydney Triathlon Group (STG).
STG could be our ‘Most Likely to win’ and for good reasons, they are leading the Forger Sydney Premier League. This small dynamo club regularly punches above it’s weight class. To put their strength into perspective, they currently boast 3 NSW Individual Standard State Champs including Helena Hayes, Gavin Biles and Anna Lawler. But the 2021 TNSW Club Champs didn’t go to script with injuries prior and bike accidents on the day, resulting in some STG’ers unable to finish. Fortunately, no serious damage was done - but it has put a whole lot of fire in their belly for 2022.
President and handy athlete himself Daniel X James commented, ‘"Oh yeah, we are definitely fired up for this one! It’s our favourite race weekend both for race aspects and the end of season soirée. We are one of the smallest clubs in Division 2 and so we need to get a solid spread of athletes across a wide range of age groups. But yep, STG will be going there to give it a red hot go".
As things unfold, it will be fascinating to see who will be announced victorious at the presentation / afterparty? You'll have to wait and see!
For those who haven’t had a chance, check out the wrap up video from 2021.