Brian Harrington hails his young charge's success
LIFE may return to the normal grind today for Brian Harrington, but the Urangan State High School teacher will return after one of his biggest weeks.
A long-term coach, Harrington and fellow teacher Cass Kimlin convened the School Sport Australia 19 and Under Triathlon Championships this week.
While visiting teams from the other states and territories praised the event, Harrington was still rapt in the performance of not only the Queensland team, but Hervey Bay duo Lochie Armstrong and Todd Baldwin.
The Sunshine State romped to a clean sweep, winning all trophies for individual, relay, manager's relay and overall champion team.
"We've definitely won all three (individual, relay and champion) before but we've got the manager's relay too this time," Harrington said.
"I couldn't coach this year as I couldn't do both at the same time - and there's no way I'd want to do both."
Harrington said he was proud of Todd and Lochie's medal-winning efforts.
As both boys waited to anchor their teams, Harrington encouraged the pair to take their teamwork at local events into the race.
"I was talking to both of them when they were about to go," he said.
"I said 'come on boys you race together, push yourself' and it was good to see both of them get medals.
"To come home in the last leg and anchor them, it was really good for (Todd).
"I knew he would; he's a class athlete and would've gone top five if Wednesday went to plan but it makes you feel a little bit happier.
"I expected top three (for Lochie) but you have a good day and you win the race, and that's exactly what he did."