Triathletes head to nationals
FOUR members of the Wide Bay triathlon squad are headed to the national titles after qualifying at the state titles on the weekend.
Hervey Bay’s Christian Wilson and Nina Derron together with Maryborough’s Abbey Black and Dylan Newberry were picked for Queensland duty after they helped Wide Bay finish second overall behind the strong Sunshine Coast side.
The result was the teams best-ever performance at the state titles.
Wilson achieved the best result on the weekend, wining the junior boys event.
Black also impressed, finishing second in the junior girls event.
Newberry was third in the intermediate boys event and Derron, a Swiss exchange student, also earned a spot in the senior girls team.
Wide Bay coach Brian Harrington said he was proud of the squad’s performance and was especially thrilled to have four of the youngsters heading the Adelaide for the national titles next month.
The team also performed strongly in the team event, which sees three team members complete different stages of the triathlon, including swimming, running and cycling.
The Wide Bay team finished second in the junior boys event, third in the junior girls event, third in the intermediate boys event and second in the senior girls event.
Three wide bay triathletes also qualified as reserves for the national titles, so if someone cannot take part for any reason, they will be ready to step in.
The Wide Bay reserves were Mitchell Sutton, Lillian Strack and Hannah Black.
Derron has been doing triathlons since she was a child but really began competing about two years ago.
She said the reason she liked triathlon so much was because it was made up of three different sports.
“There’s no chance of getting bored,” she said.
Another aspect of the sport’s appeal, she said, was that although one competed as an individual it was still a team effort and included all the benefits of being part of team.
She has made some great friends through the sport and hopes to keep competing well into the future.
Wilson was also excited to qualify for national, although he admits he hadn’t been expecting to finish first.
Triathlon is his passion and he will be competing again this weekend.
Both are feeling confident ahead of the titles and looking forward to thrill of representing their state.
The national titles will be held from March 16 to 19.