Oceania Triathlon Series
12 June 26 June 2021

The tourist town Port Douglas  located deep in the world heritage rain forrest some 50 kilometres north of Cairns in Far North Queensland for the first time hosted the Oceania Triathlon Series.  The series consisted of two events a standard/Olympic distance event held on Saturday 12 June 2021 and short course sprint 26 June 2021.

The events contested between Australia and New Zealand is a true trans Tasman battle between each nations elite triathletes.  This year the Oceania Series had the added spice of being the last opportunity for our athletes to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic games 23 July - August 2021.

Men:

Brisbane triathlete Luke Willian finished on top of the podium in a gut busting sprint to the line the Men’s Elite race with a time of 1:39:59, just beating fellow Aussie Matthew Hauser 1:40:00 and New Zealander Tayler Reid 1:40:13 in third

 

 

Women:

In the elite womens event Australia well and truly had the wood over the New Zealanders with three Aussies on the podium Jaz Hedgeland crossing the line first with a time of 01:50:58. She was followed by Kelly-Ann Perkins  1:51:14 and Kira Hedgeland in third with 1:15:38.

 

 
 
2021 Ocieania Triathlon Sprint Cup 12 June:
Trans Tasman triathlon rivalry was on fire Saturday 26 June with the cream of Australia and New Zealand triathletes battling it out in the 2021 Oceania Triathlon Cup race.

 Men:

Winners are grinners!

In ideal conditions World Championship and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Matthew Hauser finished the triathlon domestic season with a commanding win.

The 23-year-old from Hervey Bay, who trains out of the Gold Coast, broke away from the field on the 5km run, to assert his position among Australia’s new generation of elite males, winning in a time of 00:50:30, second was New Zealands Tayler Reid  00:50:47 and third Australian Callum McCluskey 00:50:50.

 

 Women:

It was on from the get go in the elite womens race. Former surf lifesaving ironwomen Kelly-Ann Perkins 00:56:37 held on to take out a thrilling sprint finish from fellow Queensland-based WA girl Kira Hedgeland 00:56:38 with Kiwi Tokyo Olympians Ainsley Thorpe 00:56:39 and Nicole Van Der Kaay 00:56:44 fourth.

It capped off Perkins best season yet, testament to the dedication and perseverance over the past three years after a three-month lay-off with injury after starting her triathlon career.

 
  

 Para Triathletes:

Australia’s paratriathletes, lined up for valuable racing experience after 18 months of disjointed racing due to Covid-19.

Defending 2016 Paralympic gold medallist in the vision impaired classification, Katie Kelly said she was really happy with her last hit out before Tokyo. 

Prospective Tokyo Paralympian Lauren Parker said her main aim was to get a really good hit out, Lauren has her sights set squarely on Tokyo.

Australia’s paratriathletes will now focus on a solid period of training in their countdown to Tokyo.

 

 
 

Volunteers:

In does not matter whether it is an elite sporting event or a kids under 9 Oz Kick match, every weekend there is an army of volunteers on the front line marshalling, scoring refereeing or providing technical support.

These selfless individuals without their committment and support we would not have any sporting events big or small.

Thank you for giving up your precious time and  committement to help others do great things!

Special thank-you to Cairns Crocs Triathlon Club and Reef and Rainforest Cycling Club 

 

 
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