Australian Youth, Junior and Under 23 Triathlon Series - Glenelg
This week the Triathlon Victoria Development Squad will be heading to Glenelg for Race 2 of the Australian Junior Triathlon Series. This incorporates Youth, Junior, and U23’s racing in Sprint distance format on the Saturday and backing up again on the Sunday for the Australian Championship for Mixed Team Relays.
The squad’s results at Runaway Bay, Queensland before Christmas were a lot more consistent than the previous year and even though we had many athletes move up in category, the results were a move in the right direction on and off the track with several athletes finishing in the top 10.
Glenelg sees a return to a more traditional format on a fast and exciting course with an ocean swim, fast bike leg on a looped course andthen a fast, flat run to finish. Against normal tradition for junior racing, there is also two transition areas which once again will see young athletes needing to adapt to a new experience intheir race plans.
In the past week, the squad took part in a 3-day camp at Mt Eliza to sharpen skills after the Christmas break leading into this race. They were mentored by elite athletes in Marcel Walkington and Tasym Mona-Vale as well as state performance coaches who gave insight into preparation and execution of racing under extreme pressure. The weather was very close to what we are expecting in Glenelg so a quality rehearsal for all that attended.
The TVDP group is growing as a whole so I will not single out individual athletes but we have several juniors that are growing in belief andexperience. To see them have a good result and grow in confidence will show in the results come the weekend.
Once again, the state will be well represented with a good spread of athletes across all categories. Twenty juniors will be making the trip across for Team Vic with three coaches assisting. This race will alsobe the first Continental race for the season and Victoria is well represented in this division with four Victorian males and two females battling it out against international competition from New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Brazil and Israel.
Victoria has a fairly young group of athletes this year with a large number being bottom age of their respective categories. The wiliness of this group to develop and execute their race plans to the best of their ability is evident. There is a strong culture developing around the group and the team has been asked to take on the guiding phrases of ‘intent’ and ‘ownership’ in their triathlon life.
A strong and consistent result in Glenelg will build on our strong start to the season and a continued forward development by the team. With Western Australia and New Zealand still to come, the athletes are now in a very important phase of the year, with tough racing against quality athletes yet to come.
Athlete Pathway Coordinator
Triathlon Victoria Development Program