Triathlon NSW, in conjunction with naming rights sponsor Billigence, are excited to launch the inaugural Billigence Pathway Championship Series for season 2020/2021.
The Series will utilise the extensive club network in NSW to deliver a selection of safe, cost effective multisport events for the benefit of NSW Pathway athletes aged 13-23 years old.
TNSW Pathway Manager, Mick Delamotte, envisioned the Series as a way to bring together talent-identified athletes from across the state in challenging and technical race formats to build their skills.
“We have had great success with our Mixed Team Relay and Super Sprint Championships in Orange each year and this Series now compliments this event. We now have local racing in a variety of formats that will pit our best Youth, Junior & U23 athletes against each other regularly in short, sharp and fast races… giving our future champions the ability to develop their skills, critical speed and adaptability with plenty of fun.”
In its first iteration, the Series will include six races of varying formats, with athletes accumulating series points for their finish position in each race. The much-loved TNSW Super Sprint Orange Race Weekend in November will mark the halfway point of the Series and also serve as a double-points round.
With the consistent high quality calibre of youth triathletes from all states, Delamotte believes in the importance of technical skillsets for NSW athletes to get an edge on their competitors: “There is no better way to develop our young NSW athletes & their home coaches than providing exciting racing opportunities like we’ll see in the Series.”
Billigence Group CEO and triathlon enthusiast Jana Kapr has again put her full support behind junior triathlon, for which TNSW are greatly appreciative.
“Billigence is the proud sponsor of Triathlon NSW’s efforts for the Youth, Junior and Under 23 athletes. Recognising the importance of learning by doing, we believe in gaining experience by racing frequently and learning from peers. By broadening triathletes’ access to racing opportunities we help young talent reach their potential." says Kapr.
The Series begins in October with a draft-legal super sprint triathlon and handicap time trial at Port Kembla, Wollongong, hosted by Illawarra Tri Club. After an extended break from racing due to COVID-19, it will surely be popular event for the state’s best young triathletes.
“I am sure in future years the Series will become bigger and better and equip New South Wales’ best athletes with the skills they need to take on the world.”
Triathlon NSW would like to thank the clubs and Regional Academies of Sport involved in the Series for their support of junior and youth racing, and look forward to this being the first of many to come.
See the Series calendar here. Race entries will be available closer to race dates.
For more information, contact Mick Delamotte.