Photo Credit : Delly Carr
Team Kiwi had a fantastic weekend in Tasmania at the 2019 Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup and Oceania Championships with great results across the board and arguably their most successful Oceania campaign to date.
On Saturday in the men’s race, Under 23 World Champion Tayler Reid out sprinted Australia’s Matt Roberts close to the finish line to take out the Elite and U23 Championship with Trent Thorpe finishing in third.
“I just got up on my toes and I was just thinking about my form all the way to the finish like once I could see that finish line, I was like right, let’s go and just gave it everything” said Reid.
In the Women’s race Joanne Miller (Aus) took out the event with Moana-Veale (Aus) in second and Ainsley Thorpe in Third.
2019 Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Junior Oceania Championship
1. Tayler Reid (NZL) 55:46
2. Matthew Roberts (AUS) 55:49
3. Trent Thorpe (NZL) 56:01
1. Joanne Miller (AUS) 1:03:51
2. Tamsyn Moana-Veale (AUS) 1:03:54
3. Ainsley Thorpe (NZ) 1:03:39
New Zealand athletes won both of the junior titles with Dylan McCullough and Lachlan Haycock taking the double in the men’s race with Australian Oscar Dart in third.
Hannah Knighton continued the Kiwi domination taking out the junior women’s race with Charlotte Derbyshire (Aus) in second and Ellie Hoitink (Aus) in third.
2019 Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Championship
1. Dylan McCullough (NZL) 58:04
2. Lachlan Haycock (NZL) 58:30
3. Oscar Dart (AUS) 58:37
1. Hannah Knighton (NZL) 1:05:36
2. Charlotte Derbyshire (AUS) 1:06:23
3. Ellie Hoitink (AUS) 1:06:46
In the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup event New Zealand’s Sharon Dagg finished second behind Australia’s two-time World Champion Sally Pillbeam in the PST4 Category.
On Sunday, New Zealand’s form continued in the Mixed relay New Zealand Team 1 (Nicole van der Kaay, Tayler Reid, Ainsley Thorpe and Hayden Wilde) taking out the gold medal in the 2019 Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Mixed Relay Oceania Championship, with Australia Team 1 (Ryan Fisher, Matt Roberts, Tamsyn Moana-Vale, Kerry Morris) finishing in second and New Zealand Team 111 (Sophie Corbidge, Liam Ward, Kiri Atkin and Dan Hoy) in third.
New Zealand taking the Oceania Mixed Relay Title also benefits the team with all-important points counting toward selection for Tokyo 2020.
Tim Brazier High Performance representative at the Championships in Devonport says he is very pleased with the results.
“Today showed 6 years of hard work coming to the fore in developing the next generation of NZ athletes, with commitment from the Regional Coaches, Athletes and Triathlon New Zealand to shift the standard of our young athletes” said Brazier.