Members of Jervis Bay Triathlon Club achieved what was probably their best ever results in a single race day at last Sunday's Huskisson Triathlon Festival. Their collective medal haul should move them well up the ladder in the South Coast Interclub Series and sets the club up for an exciting season ahead.
While many of the male athletes put in sterling performances, it was a couple of the local women who deserve special mention. Sixteen-year-old Freya Robinson-Mills kicked off the morning by finishing second female and third overall in the shorter Super Sprint distance. Mills completed the 200m swim/8km bike/2km run in just over 30 minutes to take out gold in the 16-19 age group.
In the Sprint race, it was Vincentia's Jessica Roskelly who blitzed the field finishing second female overall and first in the 40-44 age group. Roskelly finished the 750m/20km/5km course in 1:15:33 and was incredibly excited with her win, especially as much of her recent training has been focused around this week's Bay Games, also in Huskisson.
Another standout performer in the Sprint was Huskisson's Haydn Jervis who finished fifth overall in 1:01:48, winning the male 40-44 age group.
The Sprint race was the designated race for athletes to win club performance points in the Triathlon NSW Interclub Series and Jervis Bay members did not disappoint.
Eleven club members made the podium in their age groups with gold medals going to Bill Stahlhut, Rod Rose, and Annette Sampson as well as Roskelly and Jervis. Gray Parkes, Darryl Callaghan, and Scott Rankin won silver and Ben Moore, Paddy O'Sullivan, and Kendall McMaster all came away with bronze. Parkes and Stahlhut competed in the same age group where the tussle for top position saw Parkes ahead after the swim, but Stahlhut triumphing in the run.
The club fielded a smaller number of athletes in the longer Standard race, but their performances were just as outstanding. Jon-Paul Hilton was the club's fastest finisher completing the 1.5km/40km/10km course in 2:10:53. He placed sixth overall and won the 40-44 age group.
Jackie Lyons was the fifth female finisher and won silver in the 40-44 age group. Rob Duffy won bronze in the 60-64 category while Justin Field joined Hilton on the podium, taking bronze in the 40-44 men's age group.
The Standard Aquabike race, which excludes the run, saw father and son, Josh and Brooklyn Henry, duking it out for line honours. Brooklyn showed his dad how it was done finishing first overall, with Josh second.
Club president, Rod Rose, said the event showed strong signs of a resurgence in the club with so many members turning up to race, support one another, and get behind the Interclub series.