Hoy And Badham Take Out U19 Schools Tri Titles

It was a windy and threatening start to the day for the Calder Stewart National Schools Triathlon Championships at Jack’s Point in Queenstown, with the storm front moving up the South Island bringing dark cloud but thankfully no rain eventuated throughout a competitive and exciting days racing with over 800 entrants across the two days of competition (Open Water Swim and Aqauthlon champs tomorrow at Lake Hayes).
The blue riband U19 titles went to Dan Hoy (Westlake Boys High) and Katherine Badham (Takapuna Grammar), with Hoy racing just a week after he made his debut at ITU World Cup level in New Plymouth and Badham backing up from the recent Oceania Championships in Gisborne.
A member of the Tri NZ National Talent Squad, Nathan Richmond coached Hoy was never in doubt that he would race and aim up for the national title at Jack’s Point though.
“You are only at school for a limited time and you have to take these opportunities, to win a national title means a lot to me and to my school, so I am pleased to win that today on a testing course. The water was much colder than I have been used to and the bike was on those rough South Island roads which again made it interesting. I loved the run with the trail aspect to it though and am pleased to have come out first in a really competitive race.”
Hoy won from David Martin (Palmerston North Boys High) and Bradley Cullen (Hamilton Boys High), with conditions at their best as temperatures headed close to the 20 degree mark and the winds of the morning died away.
In the girls it was a thriller, with National Talent Squad athlete Badham only edging clear on the run as a group of five girls exited the bike ride within 5 seconds, with eventual silver medalist Ari Graham (St Andrews), bronze medalist Eva Goodisson (Woodford House), Rose Dillon (St Peter’s Cambridge) and Olivia Thornbury (Verdon College) all in close contention.
Brent Foster coached Badham was thrilled to earn her first National Schools title in a quality race.

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“I found out a few weeks ago that I will go to Penrith to race in a few weeks so I really have trained through for this one, but this is my first National Schools title and it means so much coming in my final year. The water was really cold, the bike I loved and I don’t think I have ever had a run like that, it was just amazing.”
The U12 and U13 age groups were first away and had to contend with the toughest of the conditions, ableit on a very safe and well marshalled course in and around the Jack’s Point village, with a 150m swim, 8km bike and 1,7km run. And with the water temperature a cool 16.5 degrees, the athletes were keen to get the swim done as quickly as possible!
Sam Idiens (Medbury School) won the U12 boys, Sophie Spencer (St Kentigern College) the U12 girls, William Taylor (Christchurch Boys High) the U13 boys and Sacha McLeod () the U13 girls.
Will Taylor had to bide his time to win his first national title, only taking the lead late in the race.
“I only went past Fergus at the top of the hill on the run and then just went for it to the finish line. The course was great, the swim was a bit cold but otherwise it was a great course and a good race,” said a delighted Taylor.
The U14 girls proved one of the closest races of the day, with Case Mastny-Jensen (Tauhara College) running strongly from third place off the bike to take the win, crossing the line just 13 seconds in front of Natalya Carter (Baradene) with a further ten seconds back to Olivia Kikstra (Christchurch Girls’ High).

By contrast Laurence Pithie (Christchurch Boys High) made no race of the U14 boys, winning by over a minute from Callum Hockey (Rangitoto College), with William Leong (Palmerston North Boys) coming home for the bronze medal.
Dylan McCullough is a regular on the triathlon scene, competing in the National Junior Series throughout the summer and he dominated the U16 race today, the St Kentigern College Student almost a minute clear of Josiah Ney (Gisborne Boys High), with the bronze going to Zach Taylor (Christchurch Boys High).
In the U16 girls race it was the tall striding figure of Amelia Persson (Christchurch Girls High) who proved strongest on the day, taking the title from Hannah Knighton (Waikato Diocesan) and Phoebe Young.
Event Director Sally Hayes from the Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club reflected on a great first day of action.
“Congratulations to everyone today for taking part and racing so superbly, from those winning medals to those here for the experience and the atmosphere that only a school event can provide. We have enjoyed a largely incident free day on a great course thanks to the hospitality and support of the Jack’s Point community and the Queenstown Lakes District Council. Our team of volunteers and marshals delivered a great and safe event. It is thanks to the support of Calder Stewart, the Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club and Triathlon New Zealand.”

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The Calder Stewart sponsored event is also made possible thanks to funding from the Community Trust of Southland and The Southern Trust, with support also forthcoming from .kiwi (dot Kiwi) and SAS Sport.
The Open Water Swim and Aquathlon Championships take place at Lake Hayes tomorrow (Friday).
Results – Top Ten per category, full results CLICK HERE

Under 12 Boys

1.    Sam Idiens  00:30:13 Medbury School
2.    Mathew Jamieson  00:31:56 Huntley School
3.    Matthew Ney  00:33:06 Gisborne Intermediate School
4.    Hunter Gibson  00:34:01 Male 4 Wanganui Intermediate School
5.    Trevor Coetzee  00:34:20 Whangarei Intermediate School
6.    Sam Davis  00:34:21 Arrowtown
7.    Charles Lord  00:34:22 Medbury School
8.    Fred McVerry  00:34:40 Huntley School
9.    Ronan Shearing  00:34:50 James Hargest College Junior Campus
10. Luke Hair  00:34:58 Saint Kentigern Boys' School

Under 12 Girls
1.    Sophie Spencer  00:31:08 Saint Kentigern College
2.    Aana Watts  00:33:40 Hilltop School
3.    Emma Faherty  00:33:55 James Hargest College Junior Campus
4.    Sophie Howell  00:34:31 Hilltop School
5.    Abby Ross  00:35:11 Duntroon School
6.    Margy Hazelhurst  00:35:24 St George's School
7.    Rebecca Hurley  00:35:40 Cobham Intermediate School
8.    Riley Ballantyne  00:36:12 Winton Primary School
9.    Gemma Carter  00:36:42 Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
10. Kayla Limbrick  00:36:57 Hilltop School

Under 13 Boys
1.    William Taylor  00:28:08 Christchurch Boys' High School
2.    Fergus Greer  00:28:20 Malborough Boys College
3.    Oliver Larcombe  00:28:35 Kaharoa School
4.    Alex Brackenbury  00:28:43 Hilltop School
5.    Zane Powell  00:28:56 Somerville Intermediate School
6.    Ethan Mclachlan  00:29:06 Rangiora High School
7.    Ivan Abele  00:29:13 Hilltop School
8.    Leo Staufenberg  00:30:06 Mt Aspiring College
9.    Charlie Tattersfield  00:30:25 Gisborne Intermediate School
10. Michiel Van Heyningen  00:30:31 Medbury School

Under 13 Girls
1.    Sacha McLeod  00:29:55   
2.    Georgia Hair  00:30:54 Diocesan School for Girls Auckland
3.    Prudence Fowler  00:31:03 Mount Albert Grammar School
4.    Tori Bendall  00:31:07 Pahiatua School
5.    Charlotte Spurway  00:31:37   
6.    Aimee Blackmore  00:32:14 Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
7.    Emma Hannan  00:32:14 Saint Kentigern College
8.    Pixie Cockerill  00:32:21 Cashmere Primary School
9.    Rosa Blake  00:33:12 Heaton Intermediate
10. Emily Heath  00:34:05 Mt Aspiring College

Under 14 Boys
1.    Laurence Pithie  00:36:27, Christchurch Boys High
2.    Callum Hockey  00:37:39, Rangitoto College
3.    William Leong  00:38:03, Palmerston North Boys High
4.    Reece Rush  00:38:17, Lincoln High School
5.    Boston Bright  00:38:22, Scots College   
6.    Andrew Matthews  00:38:24, Sacred Heart College
7.    Caleb Ney  00:38:33, Gisborne Boys High  
8.    Sebastian Fergusson  00:39:05, Christs College   
9.    Sam Yorston  00:39:25, Wanganui Collegiate  
10. Jakob Larsen  00:39:29, Taupo Nui-a-Tia College

Under 14 Girls
1.    Case Mastny-Jensen  00:38:54, Tauhara College   
2.    Natalya Carter  00:39:07, Baradene College   
3.    Olivia Kikstra  00:39:17, Christchurch Girls High   
4.    Noya Oporto  00:40:47, Westlake Girls High   
5.    Christina Leong  00:41:21, Palmerston North Girls High  
6.    Brea Roderick  00:41:43, Mount Hutt College   
7.    Lucy Farrell  00:42:01, Waikato Diocesan
8.    Molly Newton Smith  00:42:21, Queen Margaret College   
9.    Libby Abbott  00:42:34, Wanganui Collegiate
10. Emma Osborne  00:43:10, Wanganui Collegiate

Under 16 Boys
1.    Dylan McCullough  00:45:46 Saint Kentigern College
2.    Josiah Ney  00:46:42 Gisborne Boys' High School
3.    Zachary Taylor  00:46:57 Christchurch Boys' High School
4.    Reuben Thompson  00:48:14 Wakatipu High School
5.    Sam Thornbury  00:48:22 Verdon College
6.    Lachlan Haycock  00:48:27 Tauranga Boys' College
7.    Fergus Hamilton  00:48:41 Tauranga Boys' College
8.    Julius Staufenberg  00:48:46 Mt Aspiring College
9.    Adam Martin  00:48:47 Palmerston North Boys' High School
10. Flynn Sinclair  00:48:49 Southland Boys' High School

Under 16 Girls
1.    Amelia Persson  00:51:09 Christchurch Girls' High School
2.    Hannah Knighton  00:51:54 Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
3.    Phoebe Young  00:53:06 Mt Aspiring College
4.    Katie White  00:55:15 Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
5.    Mia Gemmell  00:55:39 Wanganui Collegiate School
6.    Mya Graham  00:55:51 St Andrews Secondary School
7.    Maddy Clarke  00:56:25 Saint Kentigern College
8.    Emily Irvine  00:56:46 Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
9.    Charlotte Carter  00:57:31 Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
10. Annabelle Waterworth  00:57:41 Saint Kentigern College

Under 19 Boys
1.    Dan Hoy  01:01:37 Westlake Boys High School
2.    David Martin  01:03:15 Palmerston North Boys' High School
3.    Bradley Cullen  01:03:39 Hamilton Boys' High School
4.    Janus Staufenberg  01:03:55 Mt Aspiring College
5.    Henry Gautrey  01:04:07 Hutt International Boys' School
6.    James Matthews  01:05:06 Sacred Heart College
7.    Harley Porter  01:05:23 Burnside High School
8.    Josh Taylor  01:05:40 James Hargest College Senior Campus
9.    Daniel Whitburn  01:05:49 Saint Kentigern College
10. Henry Idiens  01:05:56 Christ's College

Under 19 Girls
1.    Katherine Badham  01:18:18 Takapuna Grammar School
2.    Ari Graham  01:18:47 St Andrews Secondary School
3.    Eva Goodisson  01:19:21 Woodford House
4.    Rose Dillon  01:19:50 St Peter's School (Cambridge)
5.    Olivia Thornbury  01:20:22 Verdon College
6.    Bayley-Rose Van de Coolwijk  01:23:23 St Mary's College (Wellington)
7.    Katie Lush  01:25:11 Hamilton Girls' High School
8.    Emma Smith  01:25:30 Villa Maria College
9.    Sophie Bright  01:28:49 Wellington Girls' College
10. Jacey Cropp  01:31:23 Rangitoto College
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