Today, 58 of our development athletes will commence the Runaway Bay Super Sprint Weekend.
The Runaway Bay Super Sprint Weekend runs from today until Sunday the 17th of December and includes the following categories:
- ITU Youth Male & Female (13 – 16 years old)
- ITU Junior Male & Female (17 – 19 years old)
- ITU Under 23 Male & Female (20 – 23 years old)
This year’s event will also host Race 1 of the 2018 Australian Youth | Junior | U23 Series, so there will be plenty of talent and competition on display.The 58 junior athletes is a significant increase on the 33 athletes taken last year, which is a testament to the wonderful work undertaken throughout the state by Triathlon NSW Athlete & Coach Pathway Manager Mick Delamotte and Development Officer Sam Douglas. To accommodate this increase in athletes, six local coaches will also be flown up to assist Mick Delamotte.
Triathlon NSW would like to wish each and every single athlete the very best of luck and remember to HAVE FUN.
As Mick says: “This is a Development opportunity for all athletes, regardless of their experience and level. Learn, Search, Discover and Experience and most of all have FUN! Because at the end of the day, that’s why you’re doing the sport!”
Mick sat down with Triathlon NSW Media to preview the Runaway Bay Super Sprint Weekend.
“Race 1 of the 2018 Australian Youth | Junior | U23 Series Triathlon Series has been one of the most challenging but popular events of the calendar each season, always selling out.
Apart from the home State, NSW boasts one of its largest fields ever assembled at the Series. We are represented in every category of the event, male & female U23, Junior & Youth ages 12 to 22.
I am really looking forward to seeing the progression in those athletes who have been here in the past or are developing through our Pathway system. Their race skills are one thing, but their ability to cope with a multi race weekend that starts on Thursday afternoon and doesn't end to Sunday afternoon places a lot of physical and mental demands on the kids. What they do between races is as important as what they do in the race itself.
We have a large and experienced coaching staff who will support the athletes over the course of the weekend, but we place a lot of emphasis on athlete’s self-management and independence. Travelling with a bike is not easy and kids will be going through the check in and boarding process at the airports supervised but unaided. There is full catering support at the camp, but snacks and hydration in between races will be vital, as will rest, recovery and staying out of that QLD heat.
Of course, there is also the social element which is hugely important for them all. Many get to catch up with their friends they have raced before from other states, importantly meet new friends and support and interact with their team mates. We have such a great group of young men and women, they all want to be part of the team environment and see the value in what we are trying to expose them to.
I always ask for pre-race goals and objectives, what they want to achieve and how they are going to achieve it. The thought process has matured extensively over time, from "i want to race good in swim, bike run" to now tuning into controllable, quantifiable processes linked back to what they are doing in their home environment. They are thinking about how they can improve personally, become a better around athlete, much of that is life skill related & it certainly transitions into better on file performances.
I am not going to single out individuals, all have different objectives to achieve over the course of the weekend. All athletes are out to continue their learning and development in the sport, and have a great time doing it with friends, results will take care of themselves.
After this race weekend, athletes will have Christmas with their family, not many sleeps until Santa arrives. The racing and development opportunities continue with the Series next in Glenelg, Perth and finally New Plymouth. This weekend is by far the most popular and provides great bang for buck for developing athletes.
I am personally excited to lead such a large but enthusiastic team of athletes and coaches, looking forward to being NSWStrong! Stay tuned for updates over the weekend.”