Proud new dad caps triathlon victory in style

AT JUST 15 days old, little Fraser James Schofield has become the youngest person to win a triathlon. 

Hervey Bay Triathlon - Steven Schofield on the run leg.
Hervey Bay Triathlon - Steven Schofield on the run leg. Alistair Brightman

With only a few metres to go in race eight of the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club series, proud new father Steven Schofield wheeled his son's pram over the finish line at Seafront Oval on Sunday.

While dad was credited for the win, Steve said sharing the triumph with his first child was a special moment he'll cherish forever.

"That was a nice moment," he said.

"They do that in the ironmans and big races, they carry their babies across the line.

"It's actually starting to be outlawed so you probably don't get the chance besides these local races so it's nice to be able to do that.

"He is constantly on your mind all the time and that sort of proved it today.

"Normally when you jump in and start racing you're in race mode and you forget everything, but today I was still thinking what he was doing and he was always on my mind.

"It was a tough day too and some tough racing."

Schofield's wife Natasha gave birth to Fraser on May 11.

Between them they have won countless triathlons, but this was Steve's first victory as a father.

Schofield went in to yesterday's race - a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run - with virtually no training having only agreed to enter after getting a good night's sleep.

Experience prevailed, however, with the 39-year-old escaping the field during the bike leg to win in 1hr 1min 29sec ahead of series newcomer, Cronulla's Tom Loy.

While he has no intentions of giving up triathlon anytime soon, Schofield said he was already looking forward to the day Fraser takes up the sport that has provided him and his wife with so many fond memories.

"As soon as he can stand up right we will be encouraging him to get involved because the kids that come out here just love it," he said.

Yesterday's event also witnessed an extraordinary performance from Amie Munson, who chased down Bundaberg's Sherry Ey in the run to take the women's race in 1:13.28.

The win for Munson capped off a stunning morning after earlier racing to victory in the Fraser Coast Runners and Walkers Club's half marathon event on the Esplanade.



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