Brodie beats her own time at Triathlon


Brodie Smith of Dan­nevirke did not have to travel so far this year to com­pete in the World Age Group Triathlon World Cham­pi­onships but the en­vi­ron­ment in Queens­land’s Gold Coast was just as chal­leng­ing as Mex­ico in 2016.

Af­ter qual­i­fy­ing in a large New Zealand team, Brodie headed to the Gold Coast in Septem­ber with high hopes. She had four days to ac­cli­ma­tise be­fore her race on Septem­ber 16.

It was not so much the heat of the Gold Coast, but a gusty wind which af­fected all dis­ci­plines in her triathlon.

Brodie started strongly in the 1500m swim, her strong­est leg, com­ing out of the wa­ter well up in the 75-strong field.

The 40km bike leg was not hilly but the course had a lot of sharp cor­ners re­quir­ing de­cel­er­a­tion then ac­cel­er­a­tion, some­thing Brodie had not trained much for and it took its toll.

When she came off her bike to be­gin the 10km run her whole body cramped up and sup­port of her friends and fam­ily en­abled her to com­plete the leg, mid­way through the field.

She was dis­ap­pointed as she had trained much harder than for her Mex­i­can ex­pe­ri­ence but she was still three min­utes faster than in 2016 at Cozumel. Brodie was thrilled to have the sup­port of her par­ents, brother (from Sydney), a good friend and her Dan­nevirke team of Paula Kent and Wendy Strat­ford.

“She did amaz­ingly well,” Paula said. “She is very hum­ble and doesn’t want to make a big deal about it but I think she de­serves some recog­ni­tion. She com­petes against pro­fes­sional ath­letes who have pre­vi­ously been in the elite cat­e­gory and then tran­si­tioned to the age groups so for a work­ing mum from Dan­nevirke to qual­ify and to do so well I think is awe­some.”

The win­ner of Brodie’s group com­pleted the 10km run in 37 min­utes.

With the world cham­pi­onships two years away in Swe­den, Brodie is not sure she will be com­pet­ing but in the mean­time she is train­ing for the Iron Ma¯ ori com­pe­ti­tion at Napier in four weeks, hop­ing to en­joy its 10th an­niver­sary as much as she did the Gold Coast, which she de­scribed as “an awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence”.

Brodie Smith with two good friends from Dan­nevirke who trav­elled as sup­port Paula Kent and Wendy Strat­ford.

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