Matt Braban leads the way as he powers towards winning the overall race.
Matt Braban leads the way as he powers towards winning the overall race.

Braban proves he's a champ

FORMER Australian triathlon representative Matt Braban said he was determined to fly the flag for the old boys after he won a duathlon in Hervey Bay last month.

He’s keeping his word.

The 50-year-old led from start to finish to win the first triathlon of the year, the third race of a new season for the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club, at Pialba’s Seafront Oval on Sunday.

Braban, who will contest one of the most demanding physical tests on the Australian sporting calendar next month, the Coolangatta Gold, won the overall men’s race and the over-50 title.

He completed the 750m swim, 20km ride and 5km run in one hour and 29 seconds.

Steven Schofield, the winner of the 30-39 age group, finished second while Scott Farrell, who won the 17-29 race, finished third.

Braban said he was pleased with his performance in a race that was part of his preparation for the gruelling 23km surf ski, a 650m beach run, a 3.5km ocean swim, a 5.5km board paddle and a 10km run that makes up the Coolangatta Gold.

“It was a really good hit-out,” Braban said.

“They (the youngsters) pushed me all the way – I couldn’t have asked for tougher workout, so it was great to get across that line first.”

But, what does he think about racing against competitors a lot younger than himself?

“I just love it,” he said.

“It’s what motivates me – it’s good to test yourself against the young blokes and win.

“I feel great about it, but I don’t know how they feel about being beaten by an old bloke,” he laughed.

Fifteen-year-old Xavier College student Brooke Willis continued her winning form in the open women’s division.

Willis, who won the duathlon last month, overtook Natasha Schofield in the run leg to win the event (1.15.39) while Vicki Glanfield finished third.

Brian Harrington and Bronwyn Clacher were the winners in the intermediate divisions.

Ella Kleinschmidt, Trevor Graham and Jo Deller combined to win the open team’s race.

Paula Hewitt, Daphne Manley and Stacey Borsboom won the open women’s teams’ race.

There was also plenty of action in the junior ranks with Brandi Alberts, Daniel Willis, Chris Price, Breanna French, Ben Acutt, Kayla Munson and Lachlan French all winning their respective divisions.



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