Big efforts by our 13 on bike and in water
TRIATHLON/AQUATHON: Several Gladstone athletes have had the perfect preparation ahead of next month's State Lifesaving Championships in Alexandra Headlands and Maroochydore.
Lachlan Blake was one of the 13 who competed at the Queensland State School Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships in Hervey Bay and his results were impressive.
He finished in eighth position after he completed the 600-metre swim 16km bike ride and 4km run in the triathlon category.
This has earned him a second reserve spot in the Queensland team that will compete at the National Triathlon State School Event in Penrith from April 24-27.
"I liked the choppy water in the swim, as I am used to it from lifesaving," Lachlan said of the Hervey Bay event.
The bike leg was nice and smooth, the run leg a little up and down and winding, but fortunately quite shaded as the conditions were hot and humid."
On the second day Lachlan teamed with Rockhampton's Kade Goudie and Mackay's Hunter McGovern in the Team event and the trio finished third.
Brady Blake and Taj Andrews finished sixth and fifth place respectively in the aquathon class.
"I liked the smoothness of the bitumen track for the run leg," Brady said.
"The swim was a little choppy, which is how I like it."
"The worst part of the race was tripping at the start and having to catch up, but it just made me more determined to race.
"I pushed myself to the limit to get back in the race and knew I was going to do well when I was able to overtake other competitors in the last 1km run to the finish line."
Annali Philpott was just as impressive and she finished eighth out of 86 female competitors.
"I first thought I was doing well after I entered the water in about eighth and then I exited the water in fifth so I was pretty happy," she said.
"My goal was to get top 10 so I thought I could of made it if I could give it my all in my last run.
"In the last bend I the realised I have made top ten after over taking two in the last few hundred metres."
The other Gladstone athletes who took part and did so with aplomb were Jake Devine and Kai Devine, Martha and Henry Dingle, Rhiannon and Brooke Copsey, Oscar Wemmeslager, Sam Churchward and Camille Bebendorf.