By Karl Hayes
Whilst we were all racing for club glory at the Triathlon NSW Compressport Club Championships we were still striving to achieve personal goals. Many were doing it for the first time and also facing the longest race of their short triathlon careers. Many of us were trying to beat our times from last year.
It was great to see a few of the pros racing amongst us. Chris Kemp, who recently came third in Huskisson at the Jervis Bay Multisport Festival. Kemp finished 1 minute and 10 seconds behind Craig Alexander in the long course race at Husky and he showed his class again on Saturday by winning in a fast time of 1:26:23. Pete Jacobs, still recovering from a broken collarbone, put in a valiant effort but a lack of race fitness possibly contributed to a slower than normal time. Pete Schokman showed some of his recent form from Mooloolaba and the Singapore ITU races where he placed 3rd to come in 4th overall. Schokman’s better half, Sophia Amor-Smith showed once again that she is top of the female athletes by again being the fastest woman on the day.
There were many other great triathletes of all capabilities and the support from the crowd was greatly welcomed.
A huge thanks to all of the volunteers who were roped in by clubs and family members who were racing. Many volunteers were possibly surprised to find themselves on the roster but they pulled through and got the points for their partners, parents and clubs.
For those of us obsessed with comparing ourselves to last year here is a link to the 2009 club champs results.
A few facts:
Total 808, Men 545, Women 263, Avg Time 2:03:32, Fastest Time 1:30:54, Slowest Time 3:18:46
Total 848, Men 582, Women 266, Avg Time 1:58:44, Fastest Time 1:26:23, Slowest Time 3:04:28