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Yeppoon Triathlon Festival

10 Aug, 2017 / 0

Last weekend Yeppoon hosted the third race in the Nissan State Series.  The predicted rain held off to allow for a stunning two days of racing.

The annual Yeppoon Triathlon Festival is regarded by athletes as a must-do event – with something for everyone.  This year drew a competitive field of athletes across all events, including the aquathlon, enticer, sprint and standard distance events.

Taking out the 7-9 aquathlon was Sam Spearing and Adina Philpott, with Brady Blake and Maggie Simmons taking our the 10-12 race.

The male winner in the enticer category was Harry King, finishing in 31:10.  King was closely followed by overall female winner, Taylor Heid in 35:52.  In the sprint distance the first male to cross the finish line was Chris George, who completed the race in 1:04:42.  Finishing seventy-five seconds after George, was Female champion, Kira Hedgeland, smashing the field in a time of 1:05:57.

The Standard distance also witnessed some tight competition resulting in some very fast times.  The overall male winner was Max Neumann, finishing the course in an astounding 1:49:07.  The top six males in the open category all finished under 1:55:00.  Overall female winner, Zoe Leahy, also finished the race in an impressive time of 2:04:30.

In conjunction with the Festival, Triathlon Queensland held a Junior Development day for regional athletes.  Focusing on skill development in open water swimming, transitions and on the bike, the large group of participants took home plenty to practice.  Co-ordinated by local clubs and run by Ryan Waddington, Courtney Gilfillan, Steve Arnold and Nikki Giles, this style of junior development opportunity is part of the updated Triathlon Queensland Junior Development strategy.

Full results can be found here.