Triathlon (Issue 1 2017)
Written on the 2 March 2017
The Triathlon Team Championships
The Secondary School Sport SA Individual and Teams' Triathlon Championship was held at the West Lakes Aquatic Reserve on Wednesday 22 February. One hundred and fifty-seven teams (three members/team) competed in the championships with Sacred Heart College entering 13 teams. The Senior School had a surge of interest entering six teams, up from two teams in 2016, while the Middle School continued to pull big numbers year in, year out. The additional bonus this year was the nomination of two individual athletes from Marymount College who combined with teams from Sacred Heart as we were short on numbers due to illness on the day.
The Triathlon Team Championships are a fantastic display of individual experts working together to create a team who can swim, ride and run. The Boys Senior team, made up of Lachie Merchant (swim), Fletcher Symonds (ride) and Patrick Goodwin (run) won first place, being the second year in a row this awesome threesome have won the team event. The Primary Boys team also took out first place. The Junior Boys team category saw Sacred Heart finish second and third, showing we have great strength coming through the ranks. The Intermediate Girls team placed third.
This year the Individual Championships saw 17 Sacred Heart College students tackle the individual event where the senior's completed a 750m swim, 17km ride and 4km run, intermediate's completed a 600m swim, 17km ride and 4.5km run and the juniors completing the 300m swim, 8.5km ride and 2.25km run.
Patrick Goodwin took first place in the Senior Individual Championships, while Scott Goodwin and Sarah Goodwin (Marymount College) placed third in their respective races producing a brilliant day out for the Goodwin siblings. Junior Boys Individual athlete, Bailey Giles placed third, producing a fantastic swim and run to hold off his competitors and claim a podium finish. Madison Clemow from Marymount College and Gabe Mangelsdarf, Nicholas Brookes, Jed Ffrench (Sacred Heart) completed the Come 'n' Try Triathlon, all achieving podium finishes - no doubt giving them all the confidence they need to take on the Individual Championships in 2018.
With so much success we were hopeful to win the overall medal for the school who collected the most points. We held our breaths, breathing out when our College's name was called! It was a great honour to see the whole triathlon team collect the Sam White Trophy and share the joys of their collective achievement.
Congratulations to all of the students for contributing to this outstanding achievement and for giving their best on the day. We would also like to thank the parents/carers who attended. They were a vital part of the support crew for students across the day.