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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.

PHOTO: LEANNE HANDRECK

Romy Wol­s­ten­croft wins the Queens­land Tri Se­ries race at Kawana last year.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

Kaya Shults.

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