Triumphs at Challenge Wanaka Secondary School Triathlon: U19 Individual 2nd Place, U19 Teams Secure 2nd and 3rd

The Challenge Wanaka Secondary School Triathlon, a testament to youth athleticism and determination, recently unfolded at Glendu Bay, Lake Wanaka. Amidst the intense competition, one standout in the U19 Girls individual race claimed 2nd place in the Premier Girls Individual race. This year saw the most entries ever recorded in the history of this event.

In the U19 Girls category, athletes displayed resilience and skill across the swimming, cycling, and running segments. Among them, Lauren Davey emerged as a formidable contender. Their performance was nothing short of inspiring as the swim section was a challenge. After a tough swim in choppy conditions Lauren powered through the field, counting off fellow competitors she passed to claim 2nd place. Her bike and run had the fastest times in the field.

Meanwhile, the team events added another layer of excitement to the competition. Two teams, Logan Park U19 Girls Team (Sophia Goodin, Bianca Van der Haegen, Kate Davey) and Logan Park U19 boys (Stijn van Broekhoven, Torsten Wilkinson, Isaac Simons) demonstrated determination and camaraderie throughout the triathlon. Their collective effort propelled them to a notable 2nd and 3rd place finish.

The Challenge Wanaka Secondary School Triathlon not only celebrated individual achievements but also emphasized the value of teamwork and sportsmanship. Each participant, whether competing individually or as part of a team, contributed to the electrifying atmosphere of the event. As they crossed the finish line, their faces reflected a mixture of exhaustion and exhilaration. It was wonderful to watch the teams join together to cross the finish line. Cassy Mattulat Scholz, competing in the U16 girls individual race, did a fantastic job, competing in her first triathlon as did Logan Park U16 Girls team, Salma Johannessen, Ngaio Parker and Mavae O’Brien.

As participants and spectators alike departed Glendu Bay, they left with memories of thrilling competition and the desire to do it all again next year.


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