Jervis Bay punches above its weight at club championships

JERVIS Bay Triathlon Club may have been a relative minnow at the recent Scody Triathlon NSW Club Championships, but it managed to knock off many larger clubs to claim second place in its division and 14th overall.

Eighteen Jervis Bay members made the trip to Forster to compete in the one kilometre swim, 30 kilometre ride and eight kilometre run event which pitted the club against others from all around the state. 

Instead of chasing personal glory, members competed for their clubs, with the top 30 place-getters in each category earning points.

Jervis Bay finished behind Port Macquarie in second division, beating clubs from much larger areas including Eastern suburbs, Northern Suburbs, Macarthur and Newcastle.

Vincentia’s Ken Price was the top point scorer for Jervis Bay, finishing second in the 65 to 69 age group in a time of 2:10.52. 

A strong cyclist, Price said the highly technical bike course suited experienced riders, though he also did well in the swim and run.

Annette Sampson was the highest scoring female finishing third in the 50 to 54 age group in 1:59.15 after recovering from the loss of her timing chip in the swim. 

She said the club support team of Paul Coombes and Noela Lim outdid themselves organising officials to put a replacement chip on her running shoes while she was out on the bike, enabling her to finish with an official time.

Top 10 finishes were also achieved by Mark Emerton, who was the fastest club male with a time of 1:47.12, Bill Stahlhut, Katie Winkworth, and Mandy Meredith. Winkworth was also the fastest Jervis Bay female finishing in 1:57.48.

Tony Lim, Cynthia Trevallion, Kendall McMaster, Rod Rose and Allison Dillon all made the top 30 in their age groups.

Club president Tony Lim said recognition was also due to several club members who stepped up their race distance to compete in the championships. 

This was the first club distance event for Kendall McMaster, Allison Dillon, Rod Rose and Julie Holden. 

It was also the first time Ken Price and Mandy Meredith had competed over this distance in quite a few years.

Lim said special mention should also be made of Chris Vince and Rodney Crouch who drove to Forster and back on the day, just to compete.

“The club championships was a rare chance for club members to compete as part of a team, and everyone who went thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” Lim said.

The club’s race director Bill Stahlhut said he was keen to get a larger team together next year to try for that elusive top spot.

The Jervis Bay club will continue its monthly training sessions at Iluka as the triathlon season winds down. 

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