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2023 CLUB CHAMPS RETURNS TO SPARKLING FORSTER, NSW

 

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2023 CLUB CHAMPS RETURNS TO SPARKLING FORSTER, NSW

Over 800 athletes, 150 volunteers and a Technical Official team of 17 made the annual pilgrimage up to Forster on Worimi Country over the weekend for the 29th edition of the Triathlon NSW Club Championships.

Delivering a triathlon is a challenging landscape, with many moving parts and this year was no different. This year’s event was delivered by H Events, a company based in the Hunter, who have 30 years’ experience delivering quality events for our members. We extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to their fearless boss, Paul and his entire crew who delivered an absolutely superb event which was worthy of the title ‘TNSW Club Championships’.

A chilly but stunning morning greeted athletes, volunteers, and spectators as they descended on to Forster Main Beach. Members from 45 NSW based clubs all ready to swim, bike and run their way around the course, decked out in their club kits.

Triathlon NSW CEO Adam Wicks was incredibly proud of the event, which remains an absolute highlight of the calendar.

"It the culmination of a lot of hard work from a lot of people when the first athletes enter the water. The club alley filled with club tents and hundreds of athletes got to business doing what they love best.  We are so proud that this remains the only event in Australia where you have to be an annual member to get on the start line - it remains a superb celebration of our clubs and their members, and what makes our sport so special," Adam stated.

"But it’s the presentation and after party that for many is the ‘fourth leg’ of the weekend, and this is still truly worth travelling for!”

A team of over 150 volunteers supported the event, all earning critical points for their club, while a Technical Official Team of 17 led by our all female ‘Senior Technical Team’ including Technical Delegate Deanna Water (NSTC), Race Referee Margaret George (Panthers TC) and Chief Race Officer Fiona Horn (Balance TC). The Technical Officials assisted to ensure the safety of our TNSW competitors, and the event was fair for all.

The flagship event remains all inclusive, offering the ‘half Club Distance’ a ‘teams’ wave – ideal for those who are new to the sport or returning from injury. Not to be left behind, the Junior Club Champs division continues to inspire and ensure the next generation of triathletes have racing opportunities. The TNSW Club Championships truly is an event for the whole family.

Finally, a huge amount of praise must be extended to our Race Director Partner, H Events  - led by their CEO Paul Humphries. H Events have delivered a great experience for all participants and spectators.

Whilst the competition on the course was fierce and close, for many it’s the battle of the dance floor at the After Party where the true competition kicks in. With 500 people taking the dance floor post presentations, the jury is back on the unofficial ‘Dance Floor’ Club Champion!  Balance TC with a unanimous points decision over their rivals Central Coast Triathlon Club.

No doubt a few sore heads on Sunday morning, to go along with legs after a tough but challenging day of swim, bike, run, dance!!

Dates (and location) are not yet set for the 2024 event, but we look forward to making that announcement soon.

Individual results can be found here:  TriNSW Club Champs (2023) Results | MultiSport Australia

Now, onto the actual winners…

TNSW Junior Club Championships

The junior event saw 17 clubs enter athletes across a variety of distances.

Reigning champions Shellharbour Triathlon Club had their work cut of for them do go back-to-back to back, and the competition was always going to be hot on their heels.

And after a slow but steady climb upwards, it was the CENTRAL COAST TRIATHLON CLUB led by their passionate and inspirational ‘Junior Coordinator’ Robyn Low Hart who took the victory, the first in the clubs history in this junior division. It is the culmination of years of growing, dedication and commitment by the club to grow their junior program!

Pushing them right to the end was Cronulla Triathlon Club who have now taken out second two year in a role and the rise of Warringah TC in the juniors continues as well.

Club

Total

Central Coast Triathlon Club

41

Cronulla Triathlon Club

28

Warringah Triathlon Club

27

Maitland Triathlon Club

24

Northern Suburbs Triathlon Club

16

Newcastle Triathlon Club

13

Shellharbour Triathlon Club Inc

7

Tamworth Triathlon Club Inc

5

Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club Inc

4

Scone Triathlon Club

4

Clarence Valley Triathlon Club

3

Forster Triathlon Club

3

Balmoral Triathlon Club

2

Hills Triathlon Club

2

Concord Triathlon Club

2

Coogee Triathlon Club Inc

1

Hunters Hill Tri Club

1

 

Division 4

A huge number of clubs battled it out for line honours in Division 4 and it was stacked with 2022 Champions Forster TC along heaps of new clubs as well.

But in a huge upset and in a surprise no one saw coming, it was the ‘new kids on the block’, MOORE PERFORMANCE TRIATHLON CLUB who took out their division and their very first piece of silverware in their very first outing. In an ominous warning sent out to the opposition during Club President Danny Moore’s acceptance speech, the pink army will be back bigger and even stronger next year, so watch out! Is this the start of a new dynasty? Time will tell.

Take nothing away from the Brighton Baths Athletic Club who would be supremely happy with their second place (or first runner up?). The last 2 years have seen a meteoric improvement in the club’s performance and membership numbers, and being only 3 points short on the day was difficult to swallow, but as the dust settles they’ll be so proud of their club and what they’ve achieved.

Another new club out of Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the Manly Viper TC would be so happy with their fourth place, and feel like they’ve got plenty left in the tank for next year, so watch this space.

But join us in congratulating MPTC for taking out their maiden victory.

Club

Total

Moore Performance Tri Club

201

Brighton Baths Athletic Club Inc

198

Forster Triathlon Club

196

Manly Vipers Tri Club

151

Byron Bay Triathlon Club

136

TriMob

98

Tamworth Triathlon Club Inc

97

Hat Head Triathlon Club

89

Scone Triathlon Club

72

Grafton Tri Club

72

Pulse Triathlon Club

62

Shellharbour Triathlon Club Inc

61

Engadine Triathlon Club Inc

39

Yass Valley Tri Club

34

Clarence Valley Triathlon Club

33

Armidale Triathlon Club

31

FilOz Triathlon Club

28

LAPD

26

Hunters Hill Tri Club

17

Sydney South West

12

 

 

Division 3


9 clubs made their way to Forster, all hoping to leave tasting the sweet nectar of success. But like all sporting competitions, only one could leave with the trophy and the cookies,

2022 saw the South Coast based Kiama TC taking top spot and they arrived in Forster in 2023 quietly confident but focussed on having a fun weekend with their awesome club mates.

For anyone who questions if their participation can and does make a difference, it was the SYDNEY TRIATHLON GROUP (STG) who took the victory by 1 point over second placed Kiama TC.

The data was checked, double checked, triple checked and checked again for good measure because just a single point separated our top two teams

STG continue to shine and pound for pound prove they are one of the strongest clubs in NSW.  

Club

Total

Sydney Triathlon Group (STG)

268

Kiama Triathlon Club

267

Jervis Bay Triathlon Club Inc

257

Port Macquarie Triathlon Club Inc

240

Tomaree Triathlon Club

233

Concord Triathlon Club

205

Northern Suburbs Triathlon Club

181

Macarthur Triathlon Club

80

Mudgee Tri Club

45

 

Division 2

The Division 2 title race proved once again to be very exciting, with three clubs making their desires to win this division clear in advance including Coogee TC, Balance TC and Central Coast Triathlon Club. 

Unlike last year, this years victory was much more comfortable for the CENTRAL COAST TRIATHLON CLUB, taking out the division by a significant margin and leaving no doubt as to who was the champion.

For a club who has had some challenging seasons with police approval for local races and throw in the regular struggles of surviving during the COVID-19 pandemic, they appear to have come through totally unscathed and more cohesive and powerful then ever!

Club

Total

Central Coast Triathlon Club

460

Balance

403

Coogee Triathlon Club Inc

329

Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club Inc

319

Penrith Triathlon Club (Panthers)

313

Maitland Triathlon Club

216

Newcastle Triathlon Club

172

Illawarra Triathlon Club Inc

5

 

Division 1

It’s the heavy weight division and 2023 was no exception.

Hills did the triple in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before Warringah stamped their authority on the competition and also did their own version of the ‘Triple’ in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Not afraid of a little competition, it was the Balmoral TC and Cronulla TC that were shaping up to be their biggest opponents this season. Once again, the crew from Warringah turned up in their masses and once again it paid off. Crowned Champions for the third year running, it’s going to take something special to slow them down moving forward.

Congratulations to their president David Wiles and the WARRINGAH TRIATHLON CLUB committee for once again supporting the event in huge numbers, turning up with smiles on their faces and taking home another victory.

Club

Total

Warringah Triathlon Club

678

Balmoral Triathlon Club

442

Cronulla Triathlon Club

397

Hills Triathlon Club

347

Bondi Running and Triathlon Club (BRAT) Inc

24

 

And so the sun sets on yet on the 29th edition of the Triathlon NSW Club Championships. Whilst in one sense there were four clubs who reigned supreme as the official ‘winners’, I like to think that everyone who is fit, healthy and able to drive to spectacular destinations to compete in a triathlon are the real winners on the day.

But to sign off with one final cliché in a story full of them, ‘At the end of the day, it was Triathlon who was the real winner’.

 

 

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