In wet and challenging conditions, Australia’s Tokyo Paratriathlon hopefuls took to the streets of Newcastle on Saturday morning for their first dedicated paratriathlon in 12 months.
Despite a demanding harbour current and intermittent rain, athletes savoured the opportunity to be back racing with the City of Newcastle Paratriathlon doubling as a chance to run their race plans and execute key skills in preparation for the upcoming Games.
Speaking to Triathlon Australia, Newcastle’s own Lauren Parker said that she was thrilled to be back racing in Newcastle.
“It was so great to be back on the start line after a year of no racing and to have the first race of the season in my hometown makes me really proud that we could put a great event together,” Parker said.
Parker faced her fair share of challenges on the course today, with her swim splint breaking early in the swim followed by a flat on the first lap of the bike. However, the reigning World Champion refused to let it phase her.
“There were a few hiccups…so I had to mentally get through that and just focus on the job I had to do.”
“I like a more challenging swim, so I really enjoyed it and got a big lead, bigger than I normally get, so I was super happy [with the swim].”
“Again [on the bike], I couldn’t stop so I just had to push through that and focus on going easier on the corners and stuff so that the tyre wouldn’t come off the rim. But I put it all together and I felt great all day in all three legs.”
Nic Beveridge took home the Men’s PTWC title in 01:28.41, while Parker blitzed the Women’s PTWC field to claim line honours in 01:21.15.
Jonathan Goerlach and guide Sam Douglas set the course alight with fast and attacking racing throughout the morning to take home the Men’s PTVI title in a speedy 01:05.20.
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