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State champions crowned at the bcu Coffs TRI

The bcu Coffs TRI attracted almost one thousand competitors over the weekend of
events in Coffs Harbour from ages six and over in individual and team events.

The Standard Distance event (1.5km swim | 40km cycle | 10km run), part of the North Coast Triathlon NSW Interclub Series, was the highlight of the weekend with NSW triathlon clubs dominating the field.

In the elite field, Sam Betten from Brisbane was crowned champion of the Standard Distance
race in a time of 1:53:32. He was followed closely by Yamba’s Lindsey Wall in 1:53:51,
with Lindsey Lawry from Palm Beach, QLD crossing the line in third place in a time of
1:55:48.

It was a tight battle from the outset with Lawry first out of the swim in 20:54, just one
second ahead of Betten. The lead changed constantly between the three athletes
during the cycle leg with Wall achieving the quickest bike split of the day with a 58:25.
It was cat and mouse between Betten and Wall on the run, with Wall leading until the
last 2km when Betten picked up the pace giving him a 19 second victory and a run
split of 34:02.

NSW's Sophie Malowiecki, 21 was the fastest female on the day and eight overall, in a time
of 2:06:03. Sophie’s swim split of 21:26 set her up for a great event, one of her first
races after a six month break from injury. Holly Grice from Redcliffe finished second
in 2:09:10, with Courtney Gilfillan from Robina in third place in 2:10:35.

The NSW event attracted local and professional athletes from across the country who were
at the mercy of the heavens for much of the event, with light to heavy showers falling
intermittently during the race. While it meant a degree of caution on the cycle leg, it
was a welcome relief for the competitors during the run.

Graham Pill, 77 was the oldest competitor finishing in a very commendable time of
3:38:02. Local Coffs Harbour legend, Anne Grundy, 70 attracted loud cheers from the
crowd when she stepped onto the podium for victory in the 70-74 category. Anne has
had a stellar season, finishing third in the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona last
October.

Coffs Harbour Tri Club members dominated the competitor list and with just one race
to go in the North Coast Triathlon NSW Interclub Series, it will be a very close finish.
Triathlon NSW is tallying up the points from the weekend and it will come down to the
final event in Byron Bay in May.

Category  Male Female
 15-19 Isaiah Koopmans Emma McInnes
 20-24 Jake Saunders Ellen Guiney
 25-29 Chris Stevens Shannon O'Hara
 30-34 Karim Bahri Cassi Pensini
 35-39 Travis Shields Julie Darlow
 40-44 Peter Loveridge Michelle McDonald
 45-49 Jason Culton Jacqueline King
 50-54 Darren Adams Kate Marsden
 55-59 Mark Delaney Alison Appleton
 60-64 Stephen Jackson Kim Elvery
 65-69 Dennis Parker Margaret Lawn
 70-74 Steve Powell Anne Grundy
 75-80 Graham Pill  
 Open 1. Sam Betten 1. Sophie Malowiecki
  2. Lindsey Wall 2. Holly Grice
  3. Lindsey Lawry 3 Courtney Gilfillan

 
Congratulations to our amazing NSW triathletes who competed across the weekend, check out the OFFICIAL RESULTS of our athletes and State champions!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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