2021 TRIATHLON NSW CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS WRAP UP
Over 1,000 athletes, nearly 200 volunteers and a Technical Official team of 18 all headed to the lovely beach side coastal retreat over the weekend – in Forster for the 2021 Triathlon NSW Club Champs.
Event delivery brings together a range of challenges, and this event proved no different. Good thing the event is delivered by our Race Director Partner Elite Energy – and they are best in the business.
As we are all aware, a surfer lost his life in a shark attack at Tuncurry Beach in the week leading up to the event. Triathlon NSW extends our condolences to the gentleman’s family and friends in what must be an extremely difficult time for them.
Whilst question marks hung over the event with the beach remaining closed, the entire community were relieved to hear that the beach reopened on Friday afternoon, clearing the way for a traditional ‘Swim, Bike, Run’ event.
Despite this, Elite Energy, scrambled with logistics to offer those still nervous to swim a duathlon (Run, Ride, Run) option. This was important as we wanted everyone who were nervous to swim, to still be able to earn points for their club, take part and feel like they remained included in this event.
A rainy, cold drizzly Friday evening welcomed athletes and volunteers but as the son rose over Main Beach on Saturday morning, the chill left the air and athletes were greeted an absolutely perfect morning – ideal conditions for a triathlon.
The water, crystal clear with amazing visibility and literally flat as a pancake made many who had some pre-race nervous and concern about ‘marine creatures’ quickly eased. Elite Energy went above and beyond to ensure everyone was safe. A changed swim course reducing the footprint, a drone sat over the top of the athletes and an armada of IRB’s and Jet Skis were visible ready to protect our greatest assets – TNSW members!
We also welcomed over 170 volunteers who all earn valuable points for their club and a Technical Official Team of 18, led by Technical Delegate Sarah Maguire (Concord Tri Club), Race Referee Deanna Waters (Warringah Tri Club) and Chief Race Officer John Bligh, representing the Hills Triathlon Club.
The event remains all inclusive, offering the ‘half Club Distance’, ideal for those who are new to the sport or those returning from injury. Also critical to the event is that our junior members get a chance to race. The TriKidz and Super Sprint event both allowed juniors from across NSW to race, participate / compete and earn points for their club. This adds an additional excitement and family friendly nature to the event which is critical.
Lastly, a huge amount of praise must be extended to our Race Director Partner, Elite Energy lead by their CEO Mark Emerton and Operations Manager Kyle Anderson, who delivered a terrific experience for all participants and spectators!
Now, onto the winners…
TNSW Junior Club Championships
The Junior event saw an incredible 21 clubs enter athletes across a variety of distances. Historically, it’s the Hills Triathlon Club who have been unbeatable in this division, taking out 2018 and 2019, with the event cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.