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Race report 28 Jan 17 – Tri Canberra

Race report 28 Jan 17 – Tri Canberra

It was a successful Elite Energy TriCanberra event for several Piranhas who contested a variety of distances at the Canberra Triathlon Festival on Saturday 28th January.

As the temperature soared to 36 degrees in the nation’s capital, former Orange Cycle & Triathlon Club member, Laura Wolfson was in red hot form in the Sprint distance (Swim 750m/Cycle 20km/Run 5km).  Wolfson, a talented triathlete, Australian representative and standard distance 2015 World Duathlon Age Champion not only won gold in the 20-24 female age category in an impressive time of 01:10:19, but was the overall female winner in the 78 strong female division, and 12th overall from 178 combined gender fellow competitors.

Laura currently resides in Canberra and is training with the Canberra Bilby’s Triathlon Club and is the daughter of Australian & World Duathlon & Triathlon Age Group Champion Christine Wolfson, who’s notable athletic achievements on the Australian and World stage span more than a decade from 2005 -2015. The mother and daughter duo won gold for Australia in their respective age groups at the 2015 World Duathlon Championships competing in the standard distance. Christine since retiring from the sport after this epic mother and daughter achievement.

Amongst the Piranhas contesting the Sprint distance at Canberra was Frank Ostini who received a gold medal for his efforts in the male 50-54 category (01:12:16).   Frank ranking 17th  from 91 male competitors and 18th overall from the 178 finishers.

Only being “chicked” by former long term training buddy Laura.  Lol 

Scott Wolfson (Laura’s father), not to be outdone by his offspring, finished second in the male 55-59 category in 01:19:15.

Kate Thornton (01:26:45) and Jo-Ann Braithwaite (01:34:19) contested the 45-49 female category finishing 6th and 8th respectively.

Competing in the slightly shorter distance,“The Enforcer” event (Swim 400m/Cycle 18/Run 4km), were Brad and young daughter Charlotte Simmons.  Brad placed 1st in the male 50-59 category in 00:57:12,  4th overall in his gender and 8th from the 101 total competitors.  Charlotte finished in 00:59:20m, 4th in the 13-15 female age division and 6th overall in her gender.

Amanda Livingstone also participated in The Enforcer event completing the course in 01:07:47 placing 6th in the 24-29 female category.

The Enticer event (Swim 200m/Cycle 9km/Run 2km) saw another Braithwaite family member (Jo-Ann’s son) Billy complete the distance in 00:42:25.  Relatively new to the sport Billy Braithwaite received a bronze medal in the 20-29 male category.

Pictures from the event: http://octc.org.au/envira/tri-canberra-28-jan-17/

Sunday the 12th February will see the Piranhas travel to Mudgee for Round 4 of the local interclub series.

[Race report and pictures made possible with thanks to Sandy Ostini]