With the enormous weekend of Big Husky done and dusted, the attention of the community turns 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.
Our ‘experts’ (haha) spent some time looking at the form guide including results over the last few years and decided who they felt would take the win, which clubs are on the way up the podium and who are our dark horses.
2021 Champions: Clarence Valley Triathlon Club
TNSW’s ‘Most likely to win’: Pulse Performance
TNSW’s Dark Horse: T4 Crew Bondi
2021 Division 4 Champions Clarence Valley Triathlon Club would be confident of their ability to go back-to-back, but they are in no way a lock to take out the victory with plenty of other clubs who would think they are the favorites. Clarence Valley are a small club but have high quality athletes across a variety of age groups and genders. Season 2020/2021 will go down in the history as one of their most successful, with the club taking out Division 4 Club Champs and North Coast Interclub League double last season. This would cement them as the premier club in the North Coast and with good reason, the odds on favorite but they trail in the North Coast series this year and its possible some of their air of invincibility has come out of their sails.
When asked, CVTC stalwart Kim Elvery says they'll use last years performance to drive registrations for this years event.
"Though we have but a small core of members who travel to races we will use this win to encourage more of our members to come and participate in away races. Our focus will be on increasing female participation next season and there are a few junior potentials in the wings, so expect Clarence Valley to be back next season in force".
With they do the double? Only time will tell!
A detailed review of the form book makes it impossible for us to not have Pulse Performance as our ‘Most Likely To Win’ in Division 4. Across all age groups, we feel they may have Clarence Valley covered and they host a stable of athletes the envy of other clubs, led by their fiercely loyal leader Dani Andres. This club has been on a meteoric rise in the last few years, taking out Sydney Triathlon League 2 in 2020 and then backing it up with a victory in Sydney Triathlon League 1 last season.
For Club President Dani Andres, his plans to come to Club Champs and win this event would be a unique feather in his cap and something he would be incredibly proud to have achieved.
“Taking out a division at the Club Champs would mean whole lot for our small club that has had many challenging times over the last couple of years," said Andres.
In an parting ominous sign for the other clubs in Division 4, Dani expressed his clubs steadfast desire to see the club continue to win.
“Watch out Division 4…we are certainly in it to win it!"
‘Dark Horse’ for Division 4 – T4 Bondi Crew.
After their recent maiden victory in the now defunct Sydney Triathlon League 2, their illustrious leader Jay Luke would be disappointed with their 5th place in 2021 and would have bold plans to come back and take out this victory. With strong athletes across a number of age groups including up & coming junior Harry Smith and experienced senior stateman Tony Golden, who was missing last year, but is good for a solid 30 points - they would be oozing confidence knowing that their opposition won’t see them lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce.
"After great success at Big Husky with multiple podiums across all three days, we continue our lofty goal of taking out the division 4 titles at Club Champs this May. Opposition – watch out!", Golden tells TNSW.
Who will be announced victorious when we name the winner at the presentation / afterparty? You'll have to wait and see!
First release pricing closes at 5 pm on Friday 25th March 2022. For those who haven’t had a chance, check out the wrap up video from 2021.