Four proudly wear maroon
PROUD tradition continued with locals achieving state selection at the Queensland Schools Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships in Hervey Bay last month.
Romy Wolstencroft, Kaya Shults, Jazzy Shults and Ryan Marsh of Sunshine Coast Tri Academy will travel to Penrith in April to vie for national titles. Jake Hynes and Elliott Gray were both named as first reserves.
Comfortably winning the senior female race (born 1999–2000) by more than 90 seconds, Romy will head south with plenty of confidence. The defending champion, Romy was just behind the leaders out of the swim and after 4km on the bike she went to the lead.
“When it came to put the running shoes on she showed her class with a blistering 19.45 5km run split,” SCTA head coach Toby Coote said.
“Going to Penrith, it’s fresh water which means she won’t have as much buoyancy in the water. It’s also turning into draft-legal.
“In nationals there are only six athletes per state so there are less to work with.
“It depends on how it all plays out. If she misses that pack out of the swim... but if she is within a minute of them off the bike more than likely she will run them down.”
Kaya will be a strong contender in the intermediate female (born 2002–2001) division.
She only got out of plaster nine days before the race due to a scaphoid injury, but the noted swimmer still stuck with the leaders and took the lead in the bike leg. She only just missed the podium after being passed in the last 500m.
Ryan (junior male born 2003–2004) came off the bike in second place and while he faded in the run, he managed to qualify for the team with a fifth position. It was a massive improvement on last year’s 31st placing.
Jazzy (junior female 13–14, 2003–2004) impressed in her first outing at the championships with a great swim, before dropping a few places, then running herself into seventh. One of the team members was unable to compete in Penrith, and Jazzy was elevated. As the youngest of the team, it augers well for a strong future.
First reserve Jake Hynes was unable to start due to a knee injury – unfortunate given his form at Mooloolaba Triathlon on Sunday where he finished third in the 15–19 age group with an effort of 2:04:35 (18:44, 1:00:37, 42:05).
For Toby, the latest Queensland team members take SCTA’s total to 47.
“It just shows the developing athletes... we must be doing something right,” he said.
Toby made the team back in 1993 after being encouraged by Kawana State College teacher Mark Holstein and was followed by Jason Crowther a couple of years later.
Romy Wolstencroft wins the Queensland Tri Series race at Kawana last year.