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Medals galore at Auckland Triathlon Championships

March 11, 2015 at 8:39 AM

The Saint Kentigern College Triathlon team had a dominant presence, both in the number of triathletes racing and on the podium, at this year’s Auckland Triathlon Championships held on the College grounds this week.

The standout performance was unquestionably that of Dylan McCullough. The 14 year old established a sizeable lead over the entire field during the swim and extended it during both the cycling and running sections. Dylan claimed the Auckland title for the Junior Boys division for the second year in succession.

Silver medals were achieved in three categories: Emma Hannan in the Year 7&8 Girls, Maddie Clark in the Junior Girls, and Daniel Whitburn in the Intermediate Boys.

Bronze medals were gained by worthy performances from Sophie Wilkinson in the Junior Girls event, and by Jacob Hannan in the Junior Boys.

The depth of our College triathlon talent was seen across the board, demonstrated by both the Junior Girls and Intermediate Boys having four top ten finishes in their respective fields.

In the team category, where individuals do only their specialist leg, our teams collected three titles. Gold went to the Intermediate Girls team of Mayah Coleman, Kate Fouche, and Hannah Ward; the Senior Girls team of Emma Hanley, Lizzy Mudford and Isabella Richards; and the Senior Boys team of Tom Moulder, James Fouche and Nick Houghton-Brown.

We are also pleased to report that impressive results at Kinloch earlier in February have earned three Saint Kentigern College triathletes places in the Under 19 Age Group team to represent NZ at the World Triathlon Championships in Chicago later this year.

Considerable talent combined with total commitment to their rigorous training programmes has seen 16-year-olds Fraser Hamilton, Daniel Whitburn and Anna Wilkinson gain selection despite being some of the youngest qualifiers in this age group.

College Deputy-Triathlon Captain, Joshua Chapman also gained selection but having competed for NZ last year, has decided not to do so in 2015.

Congratulations to all these triathletes on their well-deserved successes. We look forward to seeing them continue to represent the College and NZ with pride.

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