A mammoth weekend of racing across Australia has seen NSW athletes come out on top, as well as twenty-three new State Champions crowned for the Long Course distance.
The great results began with Warringah Triathlon Club athlete Emma Jeffcoat, who claimed an emphatic win in the Australian Elite Sprint Triathlon Championships in Devonport on Saturday morning.
Picture: Simon Sturzaker
Jeffcoat executed a near perfect race, powering through the 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run entirely solo to secure the Australian title.
Speaking to Triathlon Australia, Jeffcoat said she felt like her performance today was an accurate reflection of her thorough training and race preparation.
“I felt really good out there today. I’ve been feeling really awesome at training across swim, bike and run,” Jeffcoat said.
“I said to Danielle [her coach], that all I wanted to do today was just show to myself that my form in training is there in racing, and I was able to do that today so I’m really happy.”
In the same race, Hills Triathlon Club and NSW U23 Development Squad athlete Matilda Offord dug deep to sprint home to the U23 title thanks to a strong run leg. Offord, who is coached by Mick Delmotte, has had a breakthrough season, also taking home the State Aquathon title earlier in February.
Photos: Delly Carr
Meanwhile, in the men's race, twins Jayden and Luke Schofield took second and third place respectively in the Elite/U23 race after a sprint finish. The Pulse Performance TC athletes should be proud of their performance, in a race won by Commonwealth Games medallist Matt Hauser.
NSW also featured on the podium in the junior races, with Pulse Performance & NSW Emerging Talent Squad athlete Emma Olson-Keating taking the bronze medal for the junior women, while Orange Triathlon Club & U23 Development Squad athlete Rory Thornhill took home 3rd place in the junior men's event.
In the paratriathlon National Championships on Saturday, reigning PTWC World Champion Lauren Parker took her racing to another level, wiping more than five minutes off her 2019 Devonport performance to take home the Women's PTWC title.
Photo: Delly Carr
NSW paratriathletes Nic Beveridge (PTWC Men) and Andrew Wilkinson (PTS5 Men) also put together good performances to take home the Australian titles in their respective classes.
NSW continued to dominate on Sunday at the Australian Elite Mixed Relay Championships, with the elite team consisting of Gillian Backhouse, Josh Ferris, Emma Jeffcoat and Brandon Copeland securing a definitive victory over competitive Queensland and Western Australian teams.
In the Junior Mixed Relay Championships, the NSW team were able to debut their new suits, representing the Property Development Insights NSW No. 1 Mixed Relay Team. After a strong race, the team narrowly missed out on a podium by just 13 seconds.
Back home in NSW, Huskisson played host to the Australian Long Course National Championships, which also doubled up as the NSW State Long Course Championships. Over 5000 athletes descended on the picturesque south coast town for the multisport festival, which for the first time featured a $35000 prize purse for pro athletes, supported by the Professional Triathletes Organisation.
The first NSW athlete over the line for the Ultimate event (open division) was Ballina Triathlon Club's Tim Reed, no stranger to a podium at Big Husky, who was followed by club compatriot Courtney Gillfillan.
Meanwhile, the first age-group athlete over the line for NSW was Cronulla Triathlon Club's James Martin, and Coogee Triathlon Club's Loren Lane later followed for the women's. Both athletes have now earnt themselves a NSW State Long Course title and a place in the NSW Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to the following athletes who are now NSW State Champions:
Thanks to Elite Energy Events for organising a great weekend at Big Husky.