Devil of time but Tassie’s Birtwhistle ready to race in Stockholm

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August 20, 2015

Devil of time but Tassie’s Birtwhistle ready to step up in Stockholm

Tasmanian triathlete Jake Birtwhistle has certainly experienced the ups and downs of his first year on the ITU World Triathlon Series which continues in Stockholm this weekend.

The 20-year-old from Launceston is one of 10 Australians who will line up in the Swedish capital for the eighth race of the 10-round Series which will travel to Edmonton (September 5-6) and conclude for 2015 in Chicago for the Grand Final (September 15-19).

Birtwhistle will be joined on the Elite Men’s start line by fellow Australians, Wollongong Wizard training partners, Australia’s highest ranked triathlete on the WTS rankings Ryan Bailie and 2016 Olympic qualifier Aaron Royle and also by 2015 World Championship elite team debutant Ryan Fisher and Cameron Good.

Royle and Bailie are continuing to build on their growing reputations as two of the toughest competitors on the WTS – after Royle’s Olympic qualifier in Rio where he finished sixth and Bailie’s career best fourth in London and his recovery from a spectacular bike fall in Rio.

Bailie is sandwiched between Britain’s Brownlee brothers on the WTS rankings with Olympic gold medallist Alistair in sixth on 2340 points, followed by Bailie (2305) and former world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee in eighth on 2186.

Birtwhistle has been named on the Under 23 team for this year’s World Championships and admits he is looking towards turning things around on the route to Chicago, starting in Stockholm.

“After a hard few weeks struggling with a bit of Illness I have now managed to once again get some solid training sessions under my belt, “ Birtwhistle said.

“I am looking forward to racing in the Stockholm WTS and will then be continuing to build for the following few weeks heading into Chicago.”

Birtwhistle will step up from the Junior division into the Under 23s for Chicago.

“I am very proud to be selected for my third World Triathlon Championships, this time in Chicago,” said Birtwhistle.

“This will be my first ear stepping up to the under 23 category which I am looking forward to.

“I finished sixth in my first World Championships and second last year and so I would like to keep this forward momentum going.

“Chicago has been a major goal for me for the year and will be my last ITU race for the season and of course I am hoping to finish on a very good note.”

Stockholm will be a major lead up race for most of the leading Australians.

It will see the Aussie men up against the top seven in the world – including top three, Spanish trio, Javier Gomez, Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza as well as British Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee.

The women’s field will be led by 2013 Under 23 world champion Charlotte McShane, who will be joined by 2012 Olympic silver medallist Erin Densham; 2014 Under 23 world silver medallist Gillian Backhouse, London Olympian Emma Jackson and Under 23 world championship team member for 2015 Natalie Van Coevorden.

While the women will be spared the presence of world’s number one, the unbeaten Gwen Jorgensen but not her US team mates Katie Zaferes and Sarah True, who are ranked two and three in the world.

The women’s field will see six of the world’s top ten with Australia’s McShane top ranked of the Australian women.

McShane is currently 13th on the WTS rankings on 1409 points behind Emma Moffatt (9th on 1710) and Ashleigh Gentle (12th 1455).

WOMEN’S START LIST (8:26pm Saturday night AEST)

MEN’S START LIST  (11.36pm Sunday night AEST

 

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Rio bound Aaron Royle heads 10-strong Elite World Championship Team for Chicago

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August 19, 2015

Rio bound Aaron Royle heads 10-strong Elite World Championship Team for Chicago

Aaron Royle, triathlon’s first Olympic nomination for Rio, will be joined by established Olympians Erin Densham, Emma Moffatt, Emma Jackson and Courtney Atkinson in Australia’s ITU World Championship team in Chicago next month.

Royle is amongst a 10-strong Elite team and five in the Under 23s who will join the already selected six-member Junior team for the Chicago Worlds between September 16 and 20.

The 25-year-old from Newcastle finished sixth in the Olympic Test Event in Rio at the start of the month to earn his automatic nomination onto his first Olympic Team.

Chicago will present another opportunity for the Australians to press their claims for next year.

The Elite team for Chicago is: Aaron Royle (NSW), Ryan Bailie (WA), Ryan Fisher (VIC), Courtney Atkinson (QLD), Emma Moffatt (QLD), Emma Jackson (QLD), Gillian Backhouse (QLD), Ashleigh Gentle (QLD), Erin Densham (NSW), Charlotte McShane (NSW).

The Under 23s team is: Jake Birtwhistle (TAS), Declan Wilson (ACT), Matt Baker (NSW), Natalie Van Coervorden (NSW), Kelly Ann Perkins (QLD).

The Junior Team is:Brittany Dutton (QLD), Sophie Malowiecki (QLD),  Matthew Hauser (QLD),  Luke Willian (QLD),  Calvin Quirk (QLD),  Christian Wilson (QLD).

Royle, who hails from Newcastle but who trains in Wollongong, Falls Creek and now in Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain admits it is time to “get his hands dirty again” in the countdown to the World Championships.

He will line up in the WTS round in Stockholm this weekend, as will Bailie, Birtwhistle and Fisher in the men and McShane, Densham, Backhouse, Jackson and Van Coevorden in the women.

“I am relieved and very satisfied to tick that Olympic selection box but 2015 isn’t over and I have Chicago on my mind before heading back to Australia for the summer,” said Royle.

Chicago is a happy hunting ground for Australia’s 2013 Under 23 world champion Charlotte McShane.

“This will be my fifth Worlds team, having represented Australia in U23’s 3 times, and elite once last year in Edmonton,” said McShane, who sits in 13th on the WTS rankings behind Moffatt (ninth) and Gentle (12th).

“I’m really looking forward to Chicago, I was fortunate enough to race there last year and finish 10th, so I’m hoping to go back and have another good result.”

Atkinson, at 36, is a mainstay on the Australian Triathlon team and remains the last Australian to win a World Junior title back in 1999.

“It’s exciting for me to be back involved with the Australian team again,” Atkinson said, said dual Olympian Atkinson

“There’s a lot of history that goes along before us when the Australian Triathlon Team is thought about.

“Without a ‘single day World Championship’ in the seniors anymore I see the major opportunity with team involvement is being there for the Juniors and U23s who have their chance to shine.

“I hope my experience can somehow be drawn upon.

“Personally, my focus is solely on the direction of aiming for Rio Olympics Games.

“There are things in my racing I am trying to improve to give myself every opportunity to be in Rio next year and to be very competitive. It is exciting as it has been all year to be back racing in the green and gold.”

Right alongside Royle and Atkinson will be Bailie, Australia’s most consistent performing male athlete, who survived a spectacular bike crash in Rio to recover and finish 14th.

“My Goals for Chicago are to firmly keep myself inside the top 10 for the World Triathlon Series for the year, “said Bailie, who is the highest ranked Australian in seventh.

“If things go my way and the processes on race day are followed there is no reason why I can’t be up at the pointy end of the field.

“It’s been my most consistent year on the circuit with a 14th being my worst result.”

Gentle will skip Stockholm this weekend to race in Edmonton before Chicago.

“It’s always a privilege to be named on another Senior Elite team and I look forward to joining the whole team in Chicago in September,” said Gentle.

“My first Worlds team was in 2007 as a Junior, and my first senior Elite representation was in 2012 and although there is the WTS, the Grand Final is still a special event and one which is still a focus for many, including myself.”

For Van Coevorden, Chicago will be her fourth Australian World Championship team and her final as an under 23.

“A goal for me would be not only going into the race wanting to win a medal for Australia but being able to execute key processes physically and mentally to get me there,” said Van Coevorden.

“Getting selected to represent Australia in 2015, has been my goal since returning from (hip) surgery this year.

“It is something to work hard for throughout the year as it is always an honour to represent your country in the green and gold at a World Championship.

“2015 hasn’t come easy and I think every challenge has made me a better athlete and person to strive to a higher level. Like any athlete my plans are to kept healthy and injury free with a few weeks consistent training in my base in Vitoria Gasteiz.”

Meanwhile Queensland’s Christian Wilson has been added to the Australian Junior team following the unfortunate withdrawal of Matthew Roberts through injury.

 

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Triathlon Australia launches 2015-2016 National Calendar

Triathlon Australia launches 2015-2016 National Calendar

Triathlon Australia has launched its Australian National Calendar website featuring events from up coming ITU World Championships to its extensive schedule of National multisport events over what will be an action packed 18 months of racing.

Australia will host:

  • The 2015 ITU World Duathlon Championships;
  • The 2016 ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships;
  • Next year’s ITU World Triathlon Series round on the Gold Coast in the countdown to;
  • The 2018 ITU World Championships and Commonwealth Games also on the Gold Coast.

In between, Australia’s Elite, Under 23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group triathletes will contest the National and Oceania Championship selection and qualifying races for the 2016 ITU World Championships and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

The National Calendar is made up of all of those key high quality events held across Australia each year that hold elevated status and opportunity for triathletes Australia wide.

Specifically the calendar incorporates the National Championship races for all multisport disciplines, Qualifying Races for Age Group World Championships, the Junior Triathlon Series, Elite Calendar and Paratriathlon events in Australia.

If it’s on the National Triathlon calendar then you will find all the events linked under the following categories:

MAJOR EVENTS IN AUSTRALIA:These events will provide fantastic spectator opportunities and a chance to watch the best triathletes in the world race up close and personal.

ELITE NATIONAL CALENDAR: The elite national calendar includes races in Australia that hold National Championship status, Oceania or International Triathlon Union status and points for athletes who hold a professional licence. Often held alongside age group events, they offer a fantastic opportunity to watch the big Australian names compete.

2015-2016 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: National Championship races are held in each multisport discipline for age group, elite, under 23, Junior and Paratriathlon categories.

QUALIFYING RACES FOR AGE GROUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: For selection on the 2016 Australian Age Group ITU World Championship team.

PARATRIATHLON EVENTS:There are three Paratriathlon Qualifying events that will offer points towards selection onto the Open Paratriathlon team for the 2016 Mexico ITU Open Paratriathlon World Championships, MEX from September 11-18 2016. This includes the National Paratriathlon Championship, which holds double selection points.

2016 JUNIOR TRIATHLON SERIES: The top tier series for athletes holding an ITU Junior licence, with each event awarding series points towards the overall series title.

 

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