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TNSW.TACT Super Sprint Race Weekend Wrap Up and Palladium Property No. 1 MR Team Announcement

Well, what a difference a year makes! This years annual pilgrimage to the triathlon mecca that is ‘TNSW / TACT Super Sprint and the TNSW / TACT Mixed Relay Team Championships saw the strong racing field of 150+ athletes greeted with cold, rainy and muddy conditions. A direct contrast to the 30+ degrees athletes experienced last year!

Race weekends of this nature are a critical part of the TNSW / TACT Development Pathway, as they allow athletes to learn critical lessons required to mould their triathlon careers including building resilience, grittiness and draft legal racing in all kinds of conditions.

A full weekend of racing was offered including participation in the Mixed Relay team format of the sport, which made it’s Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020.

Proudly hosted by Orange Triathlon Club, the two-day festival offers something for everyone, inclusive of Para athletes from the Development Pathway and Non Drafting events for locals in Orange and those in the pathway not yet draft legal endorsed.

Adding the hotly contested competition is the unique mixed gender environment, which ensures that every athlete taking part has close competitive races against athletes of similar capability.

The event also doubled up as ‘Race 3’ of the Billigence Pathway Championships Series, and we extend our thanks to Billigence for their ongoing and continued support of the sport of triathlon. We love their passion, their commitment and their dedication. Thanks to Jana and Michael.

TNSW / TACT Mixed Relay Teams Events (Saturday 27TH November)

Athletes first hit the water in the Mixed Relay Team Event. It was not only the spectacular view of Mount Canobolas that took the athletes breath away, it was also the rather fresh water which maxed out at 16 degrees. Featuring teams compiled of various Regional Academies of Sport, the Emerging Talent and U23 Squad, ROSTA and TACTTA, this event also doubled as the TNSW /TACT State Mixed Relay Championships.

TNSW / TACT recently announced a continuation of the partnership with Palladium Property to support young triathletes in their future quest for international and Olympic medals in this fast and furious race format. After having seen this format of the sport make its debut in Tokyo, it is clearly here to stay and a significant strategic priority of Triathlon Australia and the STTA’s moving forward.

Robyn Low-Hart, TNSW / TACT Coach and Education Pathway Manager stated, “Whilst the conditions in Orange were challenging, the athletes in the Pathway were resilient, flexible and accepting of changes that were necessary for safety. The recent unprecedented times has taught us to be that way, the Pathway athletes were impressive in their ability to shift their plans and adapt. The Super Sprint Race weekend in Orange is a pivotal piece in the development of these up and coming athletes – the fact that they can be racing in the same heats as some of Australia’s best Pathway athletes is inspirational as well as educational. The younger athletes see the more experienced athletes in action, and learn from them. In multiple formatted racing, athletes need to be able to recover and back up for the next event. Nutrition and recovery are crucial to maximise performance, the athletes in the pathway were able to recover and prepare for all of the events, a credit to the athletes and their coaches”.

CLICK HERE to view to full podium results from 2021 TNSW / TACT Mixed Relay Team.

A technological issue with the timing system unfortunately called for a late alteration to the selection policy meaning that the TNSW / TACT No. 1 Mixed Relay team was selected from the Sunday individual races. Irrespective, we are proud to once again select this team who will represent NSW in the Australian Youth & Junior Mixed Relay Championship in Werribee Victoria (29th January 2022), and the Triathlon Australia MR invitational event, currently penciled in for later in the season. (Date TBC).

All members of the team will receive a unique and originally designed Triathlon Suit, Team Polo and hat to ensure they look and feel like the No. 1 NSW / TACT team.

The Palladium Property logo will be proudly displayed in their apparel, and the teams will be known as the:

  • Palladium Property’ TNSW / TACT No. 1 Youth Mixed Relay Team
  • Palladium Property’ TNSW / TACT No. 1 Junior Mixed Relay Team
  • Palladium Property’ TNSW / TACT No. 1 U23 Mixed Relay Team

The suit design has been inspired by a local indigenous artist Kylie Tarleton who is from the Wiradjuri land. Our No.1 NSW / TACT Team is being chosen on Wiradjuri Land & our Tri suit will acknowledge this.  Kylie provided the platypus design, which is a piece from her private collection, and it represents the totem of Orange, the Biladurang! (Wiradjuri for platypus). 

TNSW / TACT Super Sprint Championships Finals (Sunday 28th November)

Athletes were graded into five finals based on their cumulative times after competing in an Aquathon and a ‘Transition’ event on the Saturday afternoon. The results (times) of those events were added together and all athletes were ranked into 5 finals, which were run on Sunday.

To say the A-Final was hotly contested was an understatement, and for those who were lucky enough to be out on course, spectators were privileged to see some amazing athletes in action. No doubt the current and future stars of our sport, showing off all the skills and hard work they’ve put in over winter.

Particularly exciting at this year’s event in Orange was the inclusive of Paratriathletes. It’s absolutely wonderful to see these inspiring para athletes joining us and gaining some superb experience for their triathlon careers.

Join us in congratulating the podium of the Paratriathlon Event:

Event

Name

Squad Affiliation

Club

Para

Jack Gibson

IAS

Shellharbour TC

Para

Matthew Engesser

WSAS

Hills TC

 

Join us in congratulating the winners of the TNSW / TACT Super Sprint Championships

Event and Position

Name

Squad Affiliation

Club

U23 Female 1st

Tilly Offord

U23 Squad

Hills TC

U23 Female 2nd

Zoe Clarke

U23 Squad

T3C (ACT)

U23 Female 3rd

Jacinta Cliff

U23 Squad

Illawarra TC

U23 Male 1st

Josh Ferris

U23 Squad

Hills TC

U23 Male 2nd

Lleyton Wall

U23 Squad

Port Macquarie TC

U23 Male 3rd

Rory Thornhill

U23 Squad

Orange TC

Junior Female 1st

Emma Olson-Keating

U23 Squad

Pulse Performance

Junior Female 2nd

Grace Henry

ETS

Balmoral TC

Junior Female 3rd

Millie Thornthwaite

ROSTA

Warringah TC

Junior Male 1st

Monty Dixon

ETS

Maitland TC / Tomaree TC

Junior Male 2nd

Liam Dixon

ETS

Maitland TC / Tomaree TC

Junior Male 3rd

Mitchell Blackbourn

ETS

Illawarra TC

Junior B Female 1st

Grace Henry

ETS

Balmoral TC

Junior B Female 2nd

Millie Thornthwaite

ROSTA

Warringah TC

Junior B Female 3rd

Alex Field

ETS

Bondi Running and Triathlon

Junior B Male 1st

Mitchell Blackbourn

ETS

Illawarra TC

Junior B Male 2nd

Xane Bowen

ETS

Tweed Valley TC

Junior B Male 3rd

Casper Larkin

ETS

Panthers TC / Hills TC

Youth Female 1st

Hannah Stevenson

CCAS

Central Coast TC

Youth Female 2nd

Montana Doubell

IAS

Illawarra TC

Youth Female 3rd

Morgan French

CCAS

Central Coast TC

Youth Male 1st

Kade Zavetsanos

ROSTA

Hills TC

Youth Male 2nd

Angus Sampson

ROSTA

Cronulla TC

Youth Male 3rd

Rhys Olson-Keating

ROSTA

Pulse Performance


Lastly, we are thrilled to announce the following athletes have been provisionally selected pending appeal into the TNSW.TACT Palladium Property Mixed Relay Teams.

Palladium Property TNSW / TACT No. 1 Youth Mixed Relay Team

Program

Athlete

Position

Club Affiliation

CCAS

Hannah Stevenson

Youth Team

Central Coast TC

IAS

Montana Doubell

Youth Team

Illawarra TC

ROSTA

Kade Zavetsanos

Youth Team

Hills TC

ROSTA

Angus Sampson

Youth Team

Cronulla TC

TACTTA

Bonnie Young

Youth Reserve

Performance Triathlon Coaching (PTC) (ACT)

ROSTA

Rhys Olson-Keating

Youth Reserve

Pulse Performance


Palladium Property TNSW / TACT No. 1 Junior Mixed Relay Team

Program

Athlete

Position

Club Affiliation

U23 Squad

Emma Olson-Keating

Junior Team

Pulse Performance

ETS

Grace Henry

Junior Team

Balmoral TC

ETS

Monty Dixon

Junior Team

Maitland TC / Tomaree TC

ETS

Liam Dixon

Junior Team

Maitland TC / Tomaree TC

ROSTA

Millie Thornthwaite

Junior Reserve

Warringah TC

ETS

Mitchell Blackbourn

Junior Reserve

Illawarra TC


Palladium Property TNSW / TACT No. 1 U23 Mixed Relay Team

Program

Athlete

Position

Club Affiliation

U23 Squad

Tilly Offord

U23 Team

Hills TC

U23 Squad

Zoe Clarke

U23 Team

T3C (ACT)

U23 Squad

Lleyton Wall

U23 Team

Port Macquarie TC

U23 Squad

Josh Ferris

U23 Team

Hills TC

U23 Squad

Jacinta Cliff

U23 Reserve

Illawarra TC

U23 Squad

Rory Thornhill

U23 Reserve

Orange TC


Triathlon NSW extends our thanks to Steve Martin and the entire volunteer workforce of the Orange Triathlon Club for once again conducting a smooth and seamlessly event, worthy of a state title.

Thank you also to Billigence, our series sponsor; and to the Regional Academy or Sport coaches who once again supported the event by bringing their full teams, Grant Holman for attending as Technical Official, Nathan Breen for the commentary and entertainment and all the parents for a tough but worthwhile weekend.

CLICK HERE to access the appeals policy.

All the results from all races can be found here.  

 

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