TWO Jervis Bay Triathlon Club stars were crowned national champions at the weekend's Huskisson Triathlon Festival.
Haydn Jervis and Mandy Meredith both won their titles in Sunday's Aquabike Championships - a long course race comprising a 1.9km swim and 90km bike leg.
Jervis is coming back from an injury break but managed to take second place overall and win the 45-49 age group title in a cracking time of 2:48:10.
Meredith proved that age is no barrier to sporting fitness, winning her title in the 65-69 category.
Fellow Jervis Bay club members, Tony Lim and Ken Price took out national silver medals.
Price was second in the 70+ age group in the Aquabike, while Lim was runner-up in one of the most hotly contested 70+ age groups in the history of the flagship ultimate event, which included a half marathon run after the swim and bike.
Lim claimed to be moving like an old man on Monday but produced the goods when it mattered.
Erowal Bay professional triathlete, Matt Lewis, also thrilled with a time of just over four hours in the ultimate event, where he placed 13th in the biggest elite field to ever contest the event.
Lewis' time was up there with some of the biggest names in the Australian triathlon.
Jervis Triathlon Club fielded 15 athletes in the long course races on Sunday and all performed strongly.
Jackie Lyons and Rob Duffy showed they are well on track in their ironman training with both placing fourth in their age groups in the ultimate.
Jessica Roskelly also placed fourth in the classic race (1km/60km/10km).
Bill Stahlhut, Justin Field, and Allison Dillon recorded top 10 performances.
Club members were also in the thick of racing on Saturday.
Juniors Nic McGill and Zac Peters placed third and fourth in the 12-13 age group in the super sprint.
Gray Parkes and Rod Rose proved themselves consistently strong racers with both taking out silver in their age groups in the sprint.
Darryl Callaghan was the fastest club member in the sprint, placing eighth in the 50-54 age group, while Elisha Bell was the best of the Jervis Bay women, placing seventh in the 35-39 age group with a time of 1:18:39.
Sile Crowe also made the top 10 in her category.
Jervis Bay Triathlon Club president, Rod Rose, says it is shaping up as a strong season for the club with so many members producing fast times.
He says the emphasis now will be on defending the club's title as South Coast champions in the Triathlon NSW Interclub competition.
While Jervis Bay is currently leading the competition, the pressure will be on to have solid turnouts at Wollongong in April and club championships in Forster in May.
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