Tri NZ Suzuki Junior Series Championship

Triathlon New Zealand Suzuki Junior Series Championship

Tri NZ are very excited to announce a new and exciting Junior Series for the 2020/21 season.

This series has been created to encourage the development of our promising athletes and reward them with some epic prizes.


Open to both U16 and U19 athletes, there are 5 events across the country to compete at, from Rotorua in the North, to Timaru in the South, there is an event for everyone!


**Please note that athletes will race in their age group based on their age as of  1 January 2021.**

For example:

1) if an athlete is 15 on 1/1/21 – they will race in the U16 Category (Supersprint or Taster distance events)

2) If an athlete is 16 on 1/1/21 – they will race in the U19 Category


Important Information

There may be a small number of athletes that will turn 16 after the 2nd January 2021 – placing you in both the Under 16 Junior Series and Secondary Schools category AND the 16-19 Sprint North Island Championships category. Please contact Mel Saltiel to discuss options before the 12th March 2021.


Not only can you race at each event, but you will be able to hone your skills to become even more competitive, as each event will host a development opportunity. Workshops will be held with topics ranging from nutrition and race specific skills such as open water swimming, with also the opportunity for parents to sit in on a development pathway session.


To be crowned National Junior Series Champion each event will nominate one targeted race where points are up for grabs, with a total of 3 events from the series to be counted towards the overall series points. See following for the targeted races at each event. For more details on how the points work please see “Points System” below.


Blue Lake Multisport Festival

Timaru Triathlon

Kinloch Triathlon Festival

Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka

Tri Taranaki Festival – NZ Secondary Schools

U16 Targeted Race

R-Line Tikitapu Taster Tri

Try-a-Tri Short Course

Youth Triathlon

S 300m, B 10km, R 2.5km

S 300m, B 9.8km, R 3km

U19 Targeted Race

Cyclezone Sprint Tri

Sprint Distance Tri

Sprint Distance Tri

S 400m, B 20km, R 4km

S 750m, B 18.5km, R 5km

Now the most exciting part THE PRIZES – We could not create a new exciting Junior Series without having some impressive prizes, could we!


U19 Athletes

  • Series Champion Male and Female: $750 Campaign Credit* + Prize Pack
  • 2nd Male and Female: $500 Campaign Credit* + Prize Pack
  • 3rd Male and Female: $250 Campaign Credit* + Prize Pack


Additionally: The top 6 U19 Male and Female will receive an opportunity to train in the Cambridge HP environment for a weekend. – Travel/accommodation self-funded, with all food, and experience costs covered by Tri NZ.


*Campaign Credit Conditions

  1. To be used towards targeted Oceania or Asian Campaign in alignment with Tri NZ Talent Development programme
  2. Will be an expectation to provide quarterly updates to Tri NZ Talent Development manager via video conference and distributed to wider community


U16 Athletes

  • Series Champion Male and Female: Credit for free entry into all Junior Series races for the next season + Prize Pack
  • 2nd Male and Female: Credit for free entry into two Junior Series races for the next season + Prize Pack
  • 3rd Male and Female: Credit for free entry into one Junior Series races for the next season + Prize Pack

Points are gained from ONE targeted race at each event of the Tri NZ Suzuki Junior Series.


EXAMPLE: If an event offers multiple races such as, sprint triathlon, open water swim and a duathlon – if the target race specified is the sprint race, then only the sprint race will count towards the Junior Series Points Table.


Races and targeted events involved are:

North Island:

Blue Lake Festival – Sunday 31st Jan 2021 – Taster Tri

Kinloch Sprint Tri – Sunday 14th Feb 2021 – Youth Triathlon

Tri Taranaki Festival – Saturday 27th Mar 2021 – Sprint Triathlon (draft legal)


South Island:

Timaru South Island National Series – Sunday 7th Feb 2021 – Try-a-Tri

Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka – Thursday 18th Feb 2021 – Secondary Schools race


A total of 3 events from Blue Lake Multisport Festival, Kinloch Sprint Tri, Timaru SI Sprint Champs, Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka, and NZ Schools Triathlon Champs will be counted towards an athletes overall series points.


The Tri Taranaki Festival (Tri NZ Suzuki National Secondary School) targeted race will have double points up for grabs and becomes the final event and last chance to gain points to finish off the series with a bang.


Please note: that for North Island athletes – only one South Island event will count towards an athletes overall score and vice versa for the South Island athletes – only one North Island event will count towards an athletes overall score. *The Tri Taranaki Festival does not count towards this quota.


Junior Series Point Tie Break

If at the end of the Junior Series there are two athletes on equal points (tie break), the results from the final event (the National Secondary Schools – New Plymouth) will be utilised to determine final placings in the series.

DateEventDevelopment Session
31st Jan 21Blue Lake Multisport FestivalAthlete Skills:
Friday - Transition Skills
Saturday - Performance Nutrition
7th Feb 21Timaru National Sprint Championship1) Meet 4pm at Port Loop Road. Session will be 45-60mins
2) Equipment: bikes, running and tri shoes, rubber bands
3) Focus: transition skills and course familiarisation. This will NOT be a hard session - more about learning skills in pressure situations!
Session Leaders: Chris Willett, Tamara Reid, Tess Mattern
14th Feb 21Kinloch Sprint TriSaturday 2.30pm- 3.10pm: Open Water / Transition Session
The session will be held at Kinloch Beach adjacent to the swim exit for the Aquathlon and Triathlon.
18th Feb 21Integrity Homes Challenge WanakaAthlete Skills:
Friday - Transition skills
Saturday - Performance Nutrition
28th Mar 21New Plymouth - National Secondary Schools ChampionshipParent Workshop:
Developmental strategy with Tri NZ / Pathways/Self Responsible athletes

Key info about New Plymouth:

  • Only one waive start will be provided for both the Age Group U19 and Secondary Schools U19 category – this will be notified in the registration process
  • If an athlete wins the ‘event’ but is no longer a secondary schools student – they will take the National Championships Sprint U19 title but not the NZ Secondary Schools title – this Secondary Schools Title will be given to the first ‘eligible’ Secondary Schools athlete (this may be the same athlete for both titles)
  • It is noted that some may be concerned that ‘non-eligible’ Secondary Schools U19 athletes may influence/impact the outcome of the Secondary Schools race – it has been determined by the Tri NZ Talent Development Officers that:
    • this is not material and strength of field has been prioritised for the race
    • this structure best positions athletes to be able to compete in the Tag Team events the following day
    • this structure ensures the points for this race can be utilise to form part of the ‘Junior Series Points System’


Blue Lake
Lola Bryson-Boe3532-32
Lucy Mclean323032-
Lulu Johnson40-40-
Kenedy Taylor-40-40
Lucy Evans30-35-
Lily Greenwood-35-30
Monique Spedding28-28-
Jessie Coxon26-26-
Catherine Lund---35
Emma Blackmore--30-
Neve McKenzie---28
Maddison Cockburn---26
Alex Rawlinson24---
Izzy Bannister--24-
Abbie Middlemass---24
Nikita Coleman22---
Emily Shaw--22-
Anya Rhodes---22
Amelia Aitchinson20---
Katie Lawrence---20
Rosie Armstrong---18
Abigail Paton---16
Georgia McChutchon---14
Meg McDonald-Page---12
Melia Brett---10
Rosie Falcous---8
Charlotte Harding---6
Blue Lake
Ben Airey4040-40
Lucas Reed283232-
Art Aitken2628-35
Matthew Ney32-40-
Cameron Maunder35-35-
Quade McLachlan3035--
Finn McKenzie-30-32
Jakob Cunningham-24-28
Flynn Titter-22-26
Jacob D'Ath20-28-
Sasha Parize-Baker22-24-
Zak Lee82018-
Logan Campbell-26-18
Charlie Moon18-26-
Ryan Nelson12-20-
Ashton Upfold10-22-
Finley Oliver--30-
Harry Summers---30
Joshua Gordon-Glassford24---
Zavier Taylor---24
Joshua Young---22
Tom Sides---20
Ethan Beetar-18--
Ian Pugh16---
James Watson-16--
Ben Kuggeleijin--16-
Lachlan McTaggart---16
Max Blockley14---
Jozef Swallow-14--
Liam O’Riordan Lawlor---14
Hunter Richards---12
Cade Hamilton---10
Sam Emonston---8
Daniel Hoeglinger6---
Lincoln Walker---6
Hugo Sinclair---5
Cameron Anderson---4
Malachy Cleland---3
Javara Clark---2
Blue Lake
Sophie Spencer243535-
Fallon Roy263230-
Brea Roderick4040--
Bella-Rose Lloyd223028-
Hannah Prosser35--40
Noya Oporto202824-
Olivia Cummings30-40-
Morgan Flanagan-26-35
Charlotte Brown28-32-
Rebecca De La Harpe-24-32
Morgan Overington18-26-
Isabella Ives16-22-
Natalya Carter32---
Georgia Hair12-18-
Shinae Stanley---30
Olivia McLachlan---28
Sophie Shallard---
Zara Jancys8-16-
Emily Hay---24
Gabby Kakahi---22
Lucy Farrell--20-
Olivia Jones---20
Annabel Bilkey---18
Tessa McConachie---16
Bree Monaghan14---
Emma Andrews---14
Kristin Willis---12
Niamh Evans10---
Phoebe Barlow---10
Juliet Harland6---
Frederik Rajotte5---
Holly Aitchison4---
Blue Lake
James Corbett32324040
Jack Staples3040-35
Leo Staufenberg2424-28
Sam Parry4035--
Henry McMecking2226-26
Ivan Abele35-32-
Oliver Larcombe28-35-
Grayson Westgate-30-32
Gus Marfell-28-30
Joe Mortimer20-28-
Ben Hennessy18-30-
Toby Finlayson81820-
Ethan McLachlan-20-24
William Taylor16-26-
Mcmay Watson-16-22
Jordan Botha10-24-
Chris Wotton12-18-
Morgan Lee31412-
Alex Brackenbury26---
Laurie Watson-22--
Luke Kuggeleijn--22-
Isaac Reay6-14-
Mathia Colqhon---20
Marcus Furrer---18
Robbie White--16-
Danyon Bennington---16
William Leong14---
Hamish Mills---14
Jayden Walker---12
Lachlan McGregor--10-
Fletcher Green---10
Sam Davis5---
Jackson Schofield4---