Triathlon competition got underway for 2014 in good conditions on Saturday at Kakambona Beach. A total of 36 people competed.
Youth athlete Boris Teddy, who is in serious training for international competition later in the year, came through to take out the Triathlon Sprint in a very good time of 1 hour 8 minutes and 52 seconds, a personal best for him.
He was followed in by young Godfrey Jad, who will be joining him at the Oceania Youth Training Camp in New Zealand next month.
Jad’s time was 1:13:23. And to complete the youth overthrow, Roosevelt Siosi demonstrated the breadth of his athletic ability to finish 3rd in 1:14:15.
The women’s sprint champion on the day was Catherine Bailey in 1:37:23.
TriSI Treasurer and regular competitor, Marlon Butler, won the Super Sprint in 42 minutes and 36 seconds.
This was Marlon’s last race before he returns to Australia, so head coach Nathan Thompson made a small presentation to him on behalf of the members after the event.
First time triathlon competitor, George Billy, came in second in 43:22. George was able to compete in full triathlon due to the generous donation of bikes from the Rotary Club of Honiara.
The bikes had been collected and delivered by Rotary Clubs in Australia.
The women’s Super Sprint was won by Anne Tully (46:32), followed by Alice McDonald (52:08) and Clair Cochrane (1:00:06).
Local swimmer, Albert Iro took out the Men’s Long Aquathlon, while the women’s winner was D’anne Ladzinski.
The Short Aquathlon was won by mixed youth team of Ella and Benji, followed by Katie Francis and another youth team of Linda and Jenita. The first individual male was Allen Haota.
Four pikinini also competed – Junior Godfrey, Junior Alex, Aldrin and Jude.
By Jan Katene
Triathlon Solomon Islands