Juniors Coordinator: Craig May
Sunday 21st December saw the Dubbo Triathlon Club conduct its second junior triathlon race day along with a popular Aquathon race.
All up 44 racers competed over three distances on the day.
Highlight of the day was the surprise appearance of one of Australia’s most successful athletes Michael Milton to present awards to all competitors at the end of the races. Michael was in Dubbo visiting relatives and took the opportunity to allow his daughter Matilda to compete in the junior triathlons on the day. Michael Milton is a winter and summer paralympic who has won 6 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals achieved across a variety of skiing and cycling events. He also hold the world record for completing a marathon on crutches and has twice walked the Kokoda track and climbed mount Kilamanjaru.
In the junior short course eighteen competitors competed over a swim across the little pool, 400m ride and 400m run. Eighteen youngsters took to the start line and all finished with big smiles on their faces. In the girls Imogen Fuller, Isabella Sinclair and Makayla Fuller all raced very quickly and had some very fast times. While Audrey Cook, Zali Porter and Ava Sutcliffe all had strong races. The boys in the junior race were lead home by Alex Maas, Billy Hing and Patrick Edwards. Matthew May, Sam Hargreaves, Harry Cavanagh, Tom Maas and Finn Sutcliffe also did well in the race.
In the junior long course 12 competitors competed over a 50m swim, 1km bike ride and 800m run. Talented cyclist Haylee Fuller lead the field home in a very quick time of 8.20 mins. Cooper Ferrari and Joe Sinclair were next to finish. Others to do well included the sisters Courtney and Brittany Marks, Samantha Barnes, Arieanna Edwards and Addison Wray.
The Aquathon race over a distance of 250m swim and a 3km run saw 14 competitors take place. 14 year old Callum Kelly lead the field home in a time of 17.10mins with Scott Ferrari not far behind in a time of 17.50 mins and 14 year old Joe Marks third male to finish in a time of 19.27 mins. In the females Rebecca May, daughter Monique and Leisl Moffat were the best performers. Jodie Marks’ performance was also full of merit.