NSWIS Weekly Wrap: Triathlon World Champion, Connecting to Country and Season Bests

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Lauren Parker Achieves Incredible Ironman World Championship Goal

NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Para triathlete Lauren Parker has achieved the incredible feat of completing the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Ironman World Championship, becoming first Australian woman to finish the Ironman world championships in the handcycle category.

The race was Parker’s first Ironman since suffering serious injuries in a training accident in 2017 and saw her post the fastest handcycle time by a woman at the Ironman world championships.

“It was a really tough day out, one of the toughest I’ve ever had in my life,” Lauren said.

“I had a decent swim in the cold waters of St. George and I got onto the bike and I was feeling pretty good right from the start and got stronger as the day went on and I got to put a good bike together in seven and a half hours, and that was my goal.

“It is a beautiful course but on race day, in race time I’m not looking at the scenery I’m looking at the road ahead and thinking about the pain I’m in and how I’m going to conquer the course.

“All week being here in St. George in Utah I’ve been over the course quite a few days and the scenery is absolutely magnificent and I couldn’t ask for a better place to have the Ironman World Championships for my first Ironman.”

The 33-year-old now has her sights set on Kona in October.

“100%, that’s what I’ve been waiting for since my accident is Kona Ironman World Championship, that’s where my heart is,” said Lauren.

“I did it twice as an able-bodied athlete and I can’t wait to get back there as a Para athlete and see what I can do.”

Paddlers Connect With Country

Canoe Slalom athletes had the incredible opportunity to spend Saturday afternoon learning from Dalmarri Aboriginal Art and working on an artwork that represents the sport and the team’s connection to the Darug country and waterways.


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Water Polo Complete First Training Camp in Over Two Years

Over the weekend the NSWIS Water Polo team made the trip to Queensland for their first training camp in over two years.

It was a great opportunity for the girls to get together as a squad and train in a different environment.

The Queensland Academy of Sport joined Team NSWIS for the training camp, which resulted in a friendly ‘State of Origin’ matchup on Saturday.

The camp was a great opportunity for the athletes that haven’t travelled in the past two years to gain some experience training & competing against others from across Australia.

NSWIS Athletics Athletes Shine in Tokyo

NSWIS Athletics scholarship holders were in action over the weekend at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix, held at Tokyo Olympic Stadium, to contest the Continental Tour Gold meet.

Nick Hough continued a rich vein of form, setting a new season-best of 13.49 (0.1) to finish equal second in the 110m hurdles at Tokyo, just one week after running 13.50 – his fastest time in four years. The seven-time national champion appears set to close in on his 13.38 personal best from 2018.


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Rohan Browning made his long-awaited return to the track after missing the bulk of the domestic season due to injury, bursting out of the blocks to win his heat in 10.29 (-0.4) before finishing third in the final in 10.23 (0.1).


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Brandon Starc rounded out the action in Tokyo, clearing 2.20m for fifth place.


Articles courtesy of Ironman Oceania, Paddle Australia and Athletics Australia

Image courtesy of Korupt Vision

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