Last weekend we had 12 juniors represent TriSA at Round 1 in the National Juniors Series.
Runaway Bays Sports Centre on the Gold Coast hosts this event and is a unique setting for this unique event taking place over 3 days. There are 2 main categories with Youth category for those aged 13 to 15 and the junior category aged 16 to 19. Athletes compete in numerous events consisting of the individual disciplines of Triathlon along with a number of short quick triathlons over the 3 days.
Triathlon SA was well represented by Daniel Canala, Shaun Hahn, Jack Tierney and Ethan Woolford in the junior category while in the youth category we were represented by Fern Davies, Sara Edwards, Lucie Spurling, Amy Stevens, Lauren Wormald, Declan Gillard Martin, Colby Jachmann and Max Spurling.
There were many highlights from this weekend. Above all the performances of the juniors put SA on the map. Many states were asking where did all these good athletes come from? We scored more points in the event than we ever had before. The competition also resulted in athletes pushing themselves further than and achieving PB’s. They were guided by our coaches Grant Melzer, Mike Spurling and Annette Eastwood.
The junior program is certainly looking good for the future. Next event is in Penrith, NSW on 11th January 2014.