With the Orange Super Sprint Weekend under their belts, the top NSW junior athletes will fly to Queensland on Thursday for the first event of the Australian Youth/Junior Series, the much-loved Super Sprint Race Weekend at Runaway Bay.
Over four days, the squad of fifty NSW athletes – made up of talent identification, development program and regional Academy of Sport athletes – will contest a number of short and fast races across multiple formats, supported by four NSW coaches.
“The Runaway Bay race weekend is designed to promote and reward essential skills that ultimately are performed at high speed and under fatigue,” explains Triathlon NSW Pathway Manager, Mick Delamotte. “This is essentially a preseason race, it gives the athletes an opportunity to test their skills before the main season commences in 2020.”
The Triathlon NSW squad will be housed at the BLK Performance Centre on the Gold Coast, which is also where the races are held from December 12th-15th. This unique accommodation gives the competitors a great opportunity to catch up with interstate friends, as well as make new friends in the sport.
“TNSW have another huge team attending the race weekend which is testament to the many coaches and Pathway programs we have producing athletes,” Delamotte says.
His advice for the athletes is to get the basics right: “The athletes that thrive in this environment are those who are great self-managers. They fuel and hydrate themselves continuously throughout the weekend, rest and manage the sun and heat and importantly are able to adapt to changing race conditions that are often a given in Queensland summers.”
One of the most exciting events on the schedule is the Mixed Relay, where teams of two females and two males each contest ‘hyper sprint’ or ‘ultra sprint’ format triathlons, aiming for the fastest collective time for the team. Fresh off their successes at the Orange Super Sprint Weekend in this format, NSW athletes will be looking to challenge the strong QLD teams at Runaway Bay.
As always, Delamotte is excited for the weekend and wants the NSW athletes to make the most of it: “It’s another exciting opportunity to develop skills, learn more about themselves and enjoy the sport with mates in a unique camp based environment.”
The Australian Youth/Junior Series is designed to challenge and enhance Australia’s most talented developing triathletes by competing against their peers and earning series points to determine the Australian Series Point Score Champions.