The Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games marked the first time triathlon events were included in the program, and Australia’s young triathletes made sure to seize the moment, claiming two gold medals and a bronze.
In the women's individual super sprint triathlon, Aspen Anderson (QLD) put together a dominant performance to claim gold. She completed the scenic 375m ocean swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run course in 32:53, finishing 24 seconds ahead of silver medalist Jessica Heaps of Scotland.
"It was such a great race, it was so fun, and I’ve never raced anything like that before," said an ecstatic Anderson after her win. "It was in a great place too; the whole atmosphere was amazing and to be part of Team Australia is like nothing else."
Teammate Hannah Pollock (QLD) also delivered a strong 7th place finish in 35:40 after consistent splits across all three legs of the race.
On the men's side, Jack Latham (TAS) dug deep to secure a bronze medal after sitting outside the medals for much of the race. He powered through the run leg to move up the field and crossed the line in 30:38.
"I put a lot into this sport, and it’s all paying off. I’ve got the job done, the medal’s coming back to Australia... what else can you ask for!" an elated Latham remarked.
Oscar Wootton (VIC) rounded out Australia's efforts with a 5th place finish in 31:02.
The Aussies saved the best for last in the mixed relay, with Anderson teaming up with Latham to claim Australia's second gold medal. After Latham's strong opening leg, Anderson made up a deficit in the bike segment before surging ahead in the run to win by 25 seconds.
The gold medal was a fitting end to a stellar showing for Australia's rising youth triathlon stars at the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games triathlon competition. With two golds and a bronze, the future looks very bright for Australian triathlon.