The IAS Triathlon squad proved their strength and determination at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, an event which doubled as the Triathlon Australia National Youth Titles.
All athletes were vying for a medal at Cams Wharf, Lake Macquarie over a fast, technical course across a weekend of diverse weather conditions. The 16 IAS triathletes battled the challenging rainy, slippery conditions on Saturday and then sunny, warm conditions on Sunday.
Day 1 featured the individual draft legal heats and finals over a 200m swim/5.6km bike/1.5km run format.
The men’s junior A final on Saturday was won by IAS athlete, Mitchell Blackbourn, after a decisive win by over a minute in his heat. Kye Robinson raced well to finished 6th.
Later in the afternoon, the youth finals commenced, which also doubled up as the Triathlon Australia National Youth Titles. Montana Doubell had a strong bike leg in the female youth A final to take home the gold medal for Academy Games and the bronze medal for the National Youth Title.
Alexis Bell and Skye Bell finished 5th and 6th respectively in the Academy Games placings.
Kelera Sigabalavu came 2nd in the female youth B final, with Ella Fennell close behind in 4th.
Sunday featured the mixed team relay events again doubling as the Academy Games event and the Triathlon Australia Mixed Team Relay Youth National Championships, with all athletes getting the chance to contest the fast and fun relay format.
The IAS Youth A team, consisting of Montana Doubell, Callum Burge, Alexis Bell and Harry Fraser claimed the bronze medal in the RASI Mixed Team Relay Championships.
Well done to all athletes and coaches on a successful weekend of racing and camaraderie.
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