Triath­lete in fine fet­tle for new sea­son

Central Otago Mirror - - LAKES DIS­TRICT SPORT - By BROOKE GAR­DINER

Promis­ing young Queen­stown triath­lete Fynn Thomp­son is eye­ing up an­other com­pet­i­tive sum­mer sea­son af­ter win­ning his first na­tional duathlon ti­tle last week­end. Thomp­son, a year 12 pupil at Wakatipu High School, was stoked to claim the Un­der-16 New Zealand Duathlon ti­tle in a con­vinc­ing fash­ion in Taupo last Sun­day, es­pe­cially given it was the first duathlon he had en­tered. ‘‘I had the fastest last run of the day, too, so I was pretty happy with that,’’ he said. With few events to com­pete in dur­ing the off sea­son, duathlon was pop­u­lar with many of his peers be­cause it pro­vided a good op­por­tu­nity for them to im­prove their speed, he said. But with triathlon sea­son just around the corner, his fo­cus is now firmly on his favoured three-leg sprint dis­tance event. Thomp­son will join an in­ter­na­tional lineup of ath­letes when he com­petes in the 2012 World Triathlon Cham­pi­onships in Auck­land on Labour Day. Rac­ing in the 16- to 19-year-old cat­e­gory, Thomp­son will be one of the youngest ath­letes in his field and said he was head­ing into the event with an open mind. Though he was look­ing for­ward to don­ning the New Zealand uni­form, Thomp­son said his real fo­cus was the New Zealand age group cham­pi­onships in March. He is train­ing up to 20 hours a week un­der the guid­ance of swim coach Frank Wylie and triathlon coach Val Burke, and Thomp­son said he hoped his per­for­mance this sea­son might at­tract spon­sor­ship of­fers and help take the pres­sure off the bank of Mum and Dad.

Photo: BROOKE GAR­DINER

Win­ner: Queen­stown triath­lete Fynn Thomp­son at Lake Hayes.

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