Titles re­ward for tough stuff

Multisport Mecca - - Column - TRIATHLON QUEENS­LAND

QUEENS­LAND ath­letes lined up on the Sun­shine Coast for the final race of the Nis­san State Se­ries and the Cross Triathlon State Cham­pi­onships at TreX Cross Triathlon.

Ath­letes swapped the road bike for some heav­ier gear to han­dle the un­du­lat­ing ter­rain of­fered by the rain­for­est trails of Beer­wah State For­est.

Lo­cals went head-to-head with pro­fes­sion­als Court­ney Atkin­son and Benny Allen at the last of four op­por­tu­ni­ties to qual­ify for the 2016 Age Group Cross Triathlon World Cham­pi­onships, com­ing to the Snowy Moun­tains in Novem­ber this year.

The at­mos­phere of TreX is un­like any other with a ca­sual and re­laxed vibe mixed with a hint of friendly repar­tee. Ath­letes went into the race cool and col­lected ready to tackle the 1.5km dam swim, 30km trail ride and 10.5km dirty trail run – this truly is an off road ad­ven­ture that takes some grit to win.

Sunny Coast fe­males cleaned up on home soil with state cham­pi­onship titles for Sun­shine Coast Tri Acad­emy’s Finnlea Bar­low and Noosa Tri Club’s Ma­jayha Ham­blin, Chloe McLen­nan and Kim Beck­in­sale. Coolum Tri Club’s Josh Camp­ton also took top spot on the podium to go home with a state cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the 2016 Queens­land Cross Triathlon State Cham­pi­ons:

■ 7-9: Fletcher Med­way, Finnlea Bar­low.

■ 10-11: Jack­son Med­way, Ma­jayha Ham­blin.

■ 12-13: Harry King, Chloe McLen­nan. ■ 14-15: Cal­lum Kingston, Amy Mitchell.

■ 16-17: Dean Cane, Ge­or­gia Sil­vestri.

■ 18-19: Hanna Bren­nan.

■ 20-24: Mad­di­son An­drews.

■ 25-29: Josh Camp­ton, Kel­lyAnne Speight.

■ 30-34: Ge­orge Tamblyn, Leela Han­cox.

■ 35-39: Justin Whit­ley, Nina Wright.

■ 40-44: Scott Green, Yoko Okuda.

■ 45-49: Guy An­drews, Kim Beck­in­sale.

■ 50-54: Mark Bris­tow, Amanda Richards.

■ 55-59: John Rafter, Jen­nifer Strack.

■ 60-64: Robert Rhodes.

Time to try

San­i­tar­ium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon comes to the Sun­shine Coast on Sun­day, May 29, at Sun­shine Coast Sta­dium for the final event of 2016.

Young TRYath­letes will love the Olympic-size pool at Kawana Aquatic Cen­tre be­fore cy­cling along Sports­man Pa­rade and run­ning through Stock­land Park.

Triathlon Queens­land is look­ing for kids to join its media team for Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon. If you love writ­ing sto­ries or tak­ing pho­to­graphs then this is the perfect op­por­tu­nity for you.

It’s easy to ap­ply, all you have to do is choose one of the ar­ti­cle top­ics and sub­mit your story. There are heaps of top­ics to choose from in­clud­ing “How do I train?” and “Why I love triathlon”, and you could even in­ter­view one of the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon TRY He­roes.

Visit www.triathlon­qld.com.au for all the de­tails and con­di­tions.


Finnlea Bar­low in the lead dur­ing the off-road triathlon.


Get­ting ready to race at the TreX triathlon.

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