The 2019 Lausanne ITU World Championships are done and dusted, with paratriathlete Lauren Parker (Newcastle Tri Club) putting Triathlon NSW on the marquee with her world championship-winning victory in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“I can’t even put into words how I’m feeling, I’m just so happy,” Parker told Triathlon Australia.
“The whole day went my way starting off from a great swim. I felt great on the bike and great on the run as well.”
Coach Dan Atkins told Triathlon Australia that he was pleased with the result, with Parker’s preparation clearly paying off.
“I won’t lie, I got a lot of goosebumps out there and got a bit emotional,” Atkins said.
“It’s been a really hard road for Loz and we’ve been preparing for this race for well over a year now…we targeted it and executed it absolutely perfectly; I’m one happy coach.”
Since the original publishing on trinsw.org.au, Parker picked up additional Tokyo 2020 qualification points with a win at the Banyoles Paratriathlon World Cup, while fellow TNSW member Nic Beveridge (Hills Tri Club) finished third in the men’s PTWC on the day for a podium result of his own.
However, Parker was not the only New South Welshman making a mark. In the ITU elite junior men, Maitland Triathlon Club’s Lorcan Redmond, just weeks removed from suffering injuries in a cowardice hit-and-run training ride accident, claim the silver medal in the men’s junior division.
“It came down to the run…but I think I made my surge a bit early, I got excited but I’m very happy with how I ended up in second,” Redmond said.
“It’s been a long time coming. I’ve visualised this race for years and years.”
Meanwhile, Redmond piloted Australia to a victory at the 2019 Accenture Mixed Relay Cup over Leeds I and Cardiff I.
“I knew I had a good gap going into the final straight, so as long as I could maintain a second or two after the penalty I’d be all right," said Redmond after bringing the Australian team home to victory.
Other TNSW results include:
1st — Lauren Parker (PTWC), Newcastle Tri Club
16th — Aaron Royle, Maitland Tri Club
40th — Natalie Van Coevorden, Mcarthur Tri Club
Brandon Copeland, formerly of Tweed Valley Tri Club
2nd — Lorcan Redmond, Maitland Tri Club
18th — Josh Ferris, Hills Tri Club
53rd — Emily Jamgotchian, Hills Tri Club