This weekend of sport was another big one with our athletes competing all over Australia and the world. We had the Ironmen and women tackling blistering temperatures in Perth, the athletic athletes kicking off their Australian Tour in Adeliade, the Women's League Soccer Grand final, the kick off to the National Water Polo League and much more.
We kick off with the Australian Cycling Track Championships, where our athlete Jackson Law was competing. In his first year in the Senior level Jackson had a awesome race, beating World Champions and Commonwealth Gold Medallist picking up the Silver Medal in the 40km Pts Men's Final.
Moving to the Water Polo, with the Men's and Women's National League kicking off on Thursday. Our athletes Jane Moran and Hannah Robinson lined up for the Brisbane Barracudas against Sydney Uni. They kicked of their season with a solid 20-9 win.
The Australian Track Tour kicked off on Saturday down in Adelaide. Sprinter Scott Reardon continued his improvements with a P.B running the T42 100m in 12.79 seconds. He ended up coming third, but said after the race, I don't care where I finish as long as I am running fast I don't mind. In unfortunate news sprinter Melissa Breen had to pull out due to a lower back injury. She has told us it isn't that serious and she is already working on the recovery.
Heading down to Ballarat for the Kayak GP2. Jo Bridgen Jones had a great race taking out the K1 200m event whilst Alyce Burnett took out the K2 200m and the 500m. Alyce was stoked after the race and said "Definitely things to build on, it is all starting to come together."
Next we flew down to the Nation's Capital with the Women's League Grand Final being played out between Brisbane Roar and Canberra United. Our athlete Tameka Butt was lining up for the Roar in the midfield. It was a high paced game with Canberra taking an early lead and never looking back. Tameka played a great game setting up many opportunities and constantly peppering the Canberra Defense. In the end Canberra won 3-2.
Off to WA now where they have been experiencing a heat wave. We start off with the Ironman/Ironwomn series in Perth. The competitors were not only here to race in the Marathon event of the series which is arguably the hardest race, they were met with 35 plus degrees heat and blustery conditions. In the men's race our athlete Kendrick Louis who was still challenging for the Black jersey twisted his knee when he stepped into a pothole on the first run down to the beach, it is believed he has done his ACL which will rule him out for the rest of the series. He courageously continued on and did the first leg of the Ski and the first swim leg before succumbing to the injury. There was the same mis fortune in the Women's race with our athlete Danielle Allen causing damage to her foot in a similar incident. She managed to finish the race in 9th but the injury has forced her out of the rest of the series, she was sitting in 5th place overall.
Back to the racing and in the women's Liz Pluimers showed she is the woman to beat taking out the Marathon Race and is now the series leader, Jordan Mercer was 2nd and Courtney Hancock 3rd. Alyce Bennett finished 20th and Amy Nurthen 18th. In the boys Cory Hill started off the race in great form being up the front after the first leg. He ended up finishing 8th, with Tom Atkinson 15th and Trent Martin 19th. Caine Eckstein won the round.
Heading up to Bunbury it was rounds 3 & 4 of the BMX Champbixxs. The riders were faced with hot conditions and Jade Parker had a great day of racing taking out 1st with Harriet Burbidge-Smith in 2nd. In the boys Bodi Turner continued his great form winning both races.
Going from the 35+ degree heat to the snow, Jenny Owens was competing in the Women's Skier X where she took out a Bronze Medal in the X-Games last night.
Over in Argentina Open Water Swimmer Trent Grimsey competed in a gruelling 8hr 57km race from Sante Fe to Coronda in Argentina. He ended up finishing in 5th. The conditions and race took everything out of everyone. "I was 10 seconds behind Hedel after 8 hours 36 minutes. I made my move with 5K to go, but I should of waited until 2K," said Trent Grimsey. "I'm in a world of pain." At the same time Open Water swimmer Melissa Gorman was racing in NZ over 3.3km race. She won the girls race and placed 4th overall out of both male and female competitors.
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