Spartan Triathlon athletes faced tough competition in both State and National Youth and Junior Championships over the holidays. Races were held at Runaway Bay in December and Canberra in January.

The Spartan Triathlon Academy was very busy over the holiday period racing at the highest level of our sport. The first challenge was the Queensland Super Sprint Race Weekend, held at the Gold Coast Sports Centre. Lucas Soegaard and River Edgley (photo) had outstanding podium results in the A and B finals respectively. Joshua Cotton showcased an impressive display of power, cycling his way to the top of the Juniors A finals. In the same race, Timothy Hornsey had an unfortunate crash after his front tyre blew out of a sharp turn eliminating any chance of a top finish. Elisabeth Staelen and Liam Thornton raced the Rookies division and gained valuable experience for their Youth division debut next season.

Days were very hot and dry at Nationals in Canberra. The withering heat put to test our athlete’s resilience over 4 days of +32o temperature. Lucas had an outstanding weekend and pulled a brilliant run to be 2nd at the Youth division A Finals. An unfortunate crash had River feel the B Finals title slip through his fingers. Ava Henson, William Warwick, and Emma Warwick raised to the challenge and significantly developed over the weekend. It was the first of many interstates National standard competitions to come.

This week the Spartan triathletes head to Hervey Bay for the All-Schools State Championships. It is our biggest ever group and many athletes have a good chance to qualify for Nationals in Tasmania. Good luck to our Spartans. 

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