Triathlon NSW Club Championship Results and Analysis

On a damp but still day the Warringah club from Sydneys northern beaches were able to hold off strong challenges from Hills and Balmoral to retain the Compressport Triathlon NSW Club Championship for a record 4th time.

In it’s last year at Port Stephens the event saw 900 athletes and 27 clubs battle it out for club honours, with personal goals and achievements for once being a secondary consideration. The end result was remarkably similar to last year with the top three clubs being Warringah, Hills and Balmoral, and the top three country clubs being Central Coast (Mingara), Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.  In fact the only significant change in the top 8 was the rise of BRATS and the fall of Cronulla.

Compressport Club ChampionshipsWarringah are a strong club who have clearly worked out the key to this event – at least one strong athlete in every age group. Like Warringah the Hills club had good coverage across the age groups, but did not have the depth of quality to quite get them over the line. Hills once again had the largest number of athletes at the event, and surely their day will come soon.

Balmoral arguably had the greatest depth in terms of quality of athletes, boasting 5 out of the top 11 finishers, but were unable to provide competitors particularly in the youth age groups, costing them dear.

The fastest man on the day was Christian Kemp from HERT who finished two and a half minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Cronulla’s Matt Williams  in the 15-17 age group posted the second fastest time of the day, ahead of Matthew Craft also of Cronulla and Balmoral’s Pete Schokman. Matt Willliams is surely a star of the future.

In the woman’s field Anel Stewart, Christelle Van Niekerk (both Balmoral) and Anna Cleaver and Caroline Sweeny (both BRATS) all failed to start leaving Sophia Amor-Smith (Balmoral) to romp home two minutes clear of Central Coast’s Suzanne Chandler and Angie Sharp.

You can view the full results here.

Next year the event is scheduled to be held in Forster on the 3rd weekend in May to avoid a clash with Ironman Port Macquarie. The new location will allow an expanded field of up to 1,200 athletes. With BRATS seemingly on the road to recovery having lost so many members to the HERT club in the last two seasons, they could once again become the club to beat.



Club Total Place Country Plc Club Type
Warringah (Northern Beaches) Triathlon Club 605 1   City
Hills Triathlon Club 590 2   City
Balmoral Triathlon Club 533 3   City
Bondi Running and Triathlon (BRAT) Club Inc 475 4   City
Mingara (Central Coast) Triathlon Club 412 5 1 Country
Cronulla Triathlon Club 380 6   City
Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club 330 7 2 Country
Port Macquarie Triathlon Club 257 8 3 Country
HERT (Human Endurance Racing Team) Inc 247 9   City
LAPD Triathlon Club 221 10   City
Macarthur Triathlon Club 185 11   City
Illawarra Triathlon Club 146 12   City
STG Triathlon Club Pty Ltd 145 13   City
Northern Suburbs Triathlon Club 123 14   City
Mudgee Triathlon Club Inc 109 15 4 Country
Maitland Triathlon Club Inc 108 16 5 Country
Brighton Baths Athletic Club Inc 93 17   City
Tomaree Triathlon Club 92 18 6 Country
Concord Triathlon Club 87 19   City
Balance & UTS Tri Club 72 20   City
Coogee Tri Club 71

Karl Hayes

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.