Welcome to triSport Taupo's new and (hopefully) improved website. This is a work in progress so bear with us while we get organised. Hopefully it is easy to find your way around and full of interesting "stuff". If you have any ideas, links, articles, comments etc please contact me (see the Contact link). The News link will have all the current information and news (surprisingly..) and then it will be transferred to a relevant page.
Huge thanks to Dale Robinson who is responsible for all the pics on the site. Dale is a talented photographer who takes fantastic photos at many of our events. Check out her facebook page - Dale Robinson Photography NZ - to see some more action shots from the current season.
Remember to let us know what you think of the site and keep sending info through to be put on it .
CLUB CHAMPS TOMORROW!!! Hopefully the rain will stay away but even if it doesn't it will be a great night. We are going to be hosting the Tauranga Junior tri squad who will be joining us - great to have them. This will mean we will have a larger than usual field so be there EARLY to register as we will be closing registration at 5:45 and we need to get started bang on 6 with it being a super long course for the old folks too. Thanks to those who have already offered their services for marshalling - I will be needing a couple of kayakers and another 5 marshals to ensure it all runs smoothly so if you could help please come and see me (the loud mouth woman who does the race briefings) as soon as you get there so we can get sorted :). See the calendar for distances and the conditions for eligibility for club titles.
Great to see lots of club members out there in the Great Lake Relay yesterday and some good results. Matt Webber was third in his cycling time trial this morning and only bad luck stopped him from winning by the sounds of it. And Cameron Todd was 9th overall and second Kiwi in an elite race in Australia yesterday. Awesome stuff! See you all at Wharewaka tomorrow .......
Been a bit slack with updating this, apologies. I am keeping the tri sport Taupo face book page up-to-date but I am aware not everyone is on that so will try and be more diligent about putting the info up on here...
Huge thanks to everyone for their efforts at Kinloch. There were loads of friendly faces encouraging all the athletes and this event could not happen without the willingness of our many volunteers. Whole families, people who marshalled then raced then marshalled... It was a big day but a very successful one and some great results for the locals. Thanks too to our sponsors - Smiths Sports Shoes, Huka Cycles and Venture 25. BTW - Kate at Venture 25 has everything you need for swimming and if you mention you are a tri sport member she will give you a good discount :)
Monday 16th February is our charity tri and teams of 2 or 3 will compete over the long course (200/13.2/2.5). Teams can be representing schools, families or businesses and there is a trophy for the winning business. You can still race as an individual as well as in a team and there is also a short course option for teams and individuals. Entry costs $5 for everyone regardless of which race you are in and the money is being donated to the Taupo Family Centre. Check them out on Whanau Taupo on Facebook. There is also a nippers race at 5:30 and a BBQ afterwards so should be a great night.
Youth training continues pretty much every Wednesday with Sam, amazing opportunity for our youth especially with the upcoming Nationals.
The committee decided last night, after a lot of debate and discussion over an extended period, to invest in a new trailer. Matt Webber has done a lot of thinking and by next season we will have a purpose built trailer with a place for everything and everything in its place. Thanks for your work on this Matt!
Good luck to those racing at Takapuna this weekend, we are well represented up there and we know you will be great ambassadors for the club.
Great results were achieved by our local triathletes at the Blue Lakes Multisport festival, check out our results on rats.org.nz. Plenty of podiums for our club members!
Remember it's the Aquathon TOMORROW night at the yacht club. Looking for someone to paddle the safety kayak and of course we always need marshals. Any visitors to town are most welcome to come along and either race or help out, great way to meet like minded people and get some local info.
Its YOUTH TRAINING again at Kinloch this Wednesday at 4pm so make sure you get along to that. We are working on getting an adult session at some stage so stay tuned for more info on that.
We we have someone looking to borrow a bike and wetsuit for Ironman, have put the info on the Ironman page, please contact me if you can help and I will put you in touch.
Results for Monday nights tri tag event will be on the webpage very soon. Congratulations to the team of Kevin Raven, Aana Watts and Josh Yeoman who were the victors by just over half a minute, great effort from them and it is pleasing to see good honest efforts from everyone. Thanks to everyone for your patience while teams were sorted and great to have so many willing volunteers to help marshal.... A neat supportive and social atmosphere :)
Well done to Cameron Paul who was second in his age group at the 70.3 in Auckland on Sunday (helps when you don't get flat tyres) and Tracy Hawkes who was third in her age group. Matt Webber had a stellar race and was 8th in his very large (numbers wise, you are a lovely size Matt) and competitive age group. President Denis Lewis was there working and cheering his fellow Taupo triathletes on - the support was appreciated.
Remember the Junior training at Kinloch on Wednesday at 4 PM. Sam and Cam will be imparting their wisdom to all school age athletes - lucky things.
This weekend is the Blue Lakes Multisport Festival on Saturday and Sunday. There is an Aquathon, open water swims, a sprint tri and a fun run and it's usually a great event and very affordable so if you are looking for something to do this weekend it could be just the ticket.
Mark 14 February in your diary as the day for the Huka River swim, an awesome event and a safe and fun way to have a swim in our iconic river. Entries available at registration each week or the Friday Night swims (5:30 at the Yacht club). Pete Cook has generously donated a free entry to this to the club and we will be giving this away at the Aquathon at the Yacht Club next TUESDAY night. There is two options for this event as per usual - a 700m/3.6km and a 3:50m/1.8km. See you all there :)
Good turnout last night and a beautiful night for a tri. Great to see there are a few visitors joining us for our events and they cleaned up last night - Chris Sanson and Sam Warriner taking out the long course and Adam Francis and Emma Pattinson the short. There is a delay this week in getting the results up sorry, we have had to do them manually this week. They will be on here tomorrow. The was a wetsuit left behind on Monday night, please contact me if it's yours.
Next week is a tri tag relay and teams for these will be randomly selected but in such a way that they should all be pretty even to keep the competition interesting. To help us in this we will be shutting registration at 5:45 and teams will be sorted once registration is shut. Hopefully this will ensure we start at 6pm as scheduled but bear with us!! Remember each team member
(teams of three) has to do a short swim/bike/run so bring all your gear. Please contact me if you need any clarification. These events are heaps of fun and a great social time too, bring a picnic and make a night of it - looks like this weather is here for a while.
A few reminders...
* Youth training this Wednesday at 4pm at the Yacht Club
* Huka River swim is 14 February - this is a cool event so put it in your diary. We will have entry forms on Monday nights and Pete Cook has kindly agreed to give us a free entry which will be drawn as a spot prize at the Aquathon on 27 January.
*Check out the Blue Lakes Multisport Festival on Anniversary weekend - there's something for everyone including the kids and the entry fees are very reasonable. It's a fun weekend.
Enjoy your week :)
Check out the results for the first event on the results page, great to see some visitors joining us for some racing. The lake has got real warm so those doing the Epic Swim this weekend should have a pleasant time - good luck!!
Youth Training will take place on Wednesday 14 January at the Yacht Club from 4-5:30PM. This swim/bike/run session will be taken by Sam Warriner so make sure all you school age athletes make the most of this awesome, free opportunity. The following Wednesday, 21January, there will be a session at Kinloch, (based on the waterfront where the tri is usually held) again from 4-5:30 and this time you get the benefit of TWO great coaches in Sam Warriner and Cam Durno. These two are among the country's best and to get both of them for a free session is amazing, we have got to be the envy of any tri club in the country!!
Next weeks event is a triathlon at Wharewaka, check the calendar for details. Registration will close at 5:50 when briefing starts so please get there early and register so we can start promptly at 6. See you all there :)
Happy New Year!! Hope the festive season has been a good one. As dedicated athletes none of us will have over indulged or missed any training (yeah right) and we are all keen to kick off the new year with an Aquathon at the Yacht Club on Monday night. There is both a short course (250m swim and 2.75 km run) and long course (500m swim and 5.5km run) and both individuals and teams as per usual. REGISTRATION WILL SHUT AT 5:50PM so make sure you are there well before then to register and warm up as briefing will be at 5:50 with the race starting at 6PM sharp. There's lots of visitors round so be prepared to park a wee ways away too. Look forward to seeing a good crowd there. Hope you have all got Gillian's email regarding the Kinloch volunteers and have replied, makes her job so much easier if we can let her know now. See you all Monday :)
Monday night is the inter club challenge and we are expecting a few extras. In order to streamline our operation we have made a few changes to how things go to ensure things go smoothly and safely....
* REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 5:50PM so you MUST be registered by then.
* You will be given your number when you register (so please don't take your own off the rack).
*If you doing the inter club challenge and are the swimmer for another club you still enter as an individual as you will be doing the whole thing and the biker/runner enters as an individual too. If you wish to race as a team i.e. Not part of the inter club challenge then enter as a team as per usual.
* If you are doing the event as an individual AND a team then you CANNOT BE THE RUNNER FOR A TEAM. This is to stop people crossing the line with two numbers as has been happening.
*ONLY competitors must cross the finish line. If you want to support a team mate etc then by all means do so but DO NOT CROSS THE FINISH LINE WITH THEM.
*We do expect younger/inexperienced competitors to be accompanied by an adult, particularly on the bike. The roads are open and there is often a fair bit of traffic around so we like to keep everyone as safe as possible.
*There will be a BBQ on Monday night with a couple of Michelin Star chefs turning the sausages for us and who knows, maybe Santa or one of his helpers will turn up with some treats... There is a couple of extra spot prizes up fro grabs as well as the Smiths Sports Shoes ones so listen up at briefing on how to win them.
*Please see the information published previously about the inter club challenge. Any queries about any of the above please see Debi Woodward who will be race manager and have one of those attractive Fluoro vests on. Or you can phone/text/email 0272863112
We are also pleased to report that the photos that Dale takes (most nights) can now be purchased for the bargain price of $5. The photos can be viewed on Dales facebook page, Dale Robinson Photography NZ and then it's just a matter of contacting Dale so she can send you the digital copy. Dale has even generously decided to donate half of the proceeds to the club. Awesome. We are very lucky to have her talents available to us.
Good luck to all those competing on the weekend and to Issy Sherwood-Clark who is in Australia racing - go Issy!! See you all Monday...
Great night at the club champs last week and we all managed to stay relatively dry. Results are up for all to see, well done everyone, it's never easy in the wind up there. Some good results from club members in the cycle challenge, the MTB challenge, the Ironmaori half and the Aquathon and Tinman at the Mount. Hopefully people will email me some results to put on the website, I don't always get everyone when I trawl through results so best if people let me know.
First tri of the season tomorrow night at Acaia Bay. Please get there nice and early to register so be can load entries onto the timing system. The lake is brisk but not too bad at all really considering the rotten spring we have had. Race briefing will be at 5:45 so make sure you are all organised by then. See you Monday :)
Good luck to those of you doing the Cycle Challenge this weekend - there sure is something for everyone these days!
Club Duahtlon Champs Monday night so be prepared for some fast racing as these are usually pretty hotly contested events. The course will be checked prior to the start to make sure it is only our cones out there and that they are in the right place! Hopefully we can get a few marshals out there too (hint hint). Be there early to check out the maps etc on the Maps etc tab
Cam Durno is offering another run-bike-swim session for the youth of the club as we are aware that many athletes were in Gisborne at the Battle of the Bays last time. This session will be held on Wednesday 10 December at the Yacht Club from 3:30-5:30. The last one was a lot of fun and very informative and even if you went to the last one come along again as there is always something new to learn and practice. Once again this is free to our club members.
Look forward to seeing a good crowd at the Motorsport Park on Monday :)
Tomorrow night sees us up at the Taupo Motorsport Park for the penultimate duathlon. We have a nippers race for the 9-and-under athletes which we will start at 5:30 sharp so please be there by 5:20 to register for this. It's a great spectacle and they do love a crowd to cheer them on. There is both a short and long option in the Duathlon (see your calendar for details or check out the calendar on the website) but the courses are quite different between them so MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THE MAPS AT REGISTRATION, ASK QUESTIONS OF THE RACE MANAGER AND LISTEN TO THE BRIEFING CAREFULLY AT 5:45PM.
The Intermediate had a great few days over in Gisborne last week, I hope to get their results up on the website one someone gives them to me (hint hint).
Check out the photo in the gallery of the Volta hi vis jacket, available at Huka Cycles, one of our sponsors. These are amazing, the darker it gets the more they glow, check their video out on their website (just google Volta). Great if you are cycling in murky weather or the dark and what's more the magpies don't like them, reason enough to buy one!!
See you all tomorrow night :)
Russell won 40 plus Sportsman of the Year and Kyle took home a scholarship, Junior Sportsman of the Year, Team of the Year (with Keegan Pooks and Lewis Eccles, the Tauponuiatia-a-Tia College tri team) and the big one, Supreme Sportsman of the Year. Great stuff!! Gillian has written a full report on the WWAUT page. Makes for impressive reading!
Our committee minutes are now up on the web (under "Your Committee") and we would love you to read them! Good luck to those members who are up for awards at the Sports Awards tonight - Kyle Smith, Cameron Paul, Matt Webber, Russell Watts and of course the club itself is up for an award. Will let you know how we get on....
Cam Durno, recently named as a member of TriNZ's High Performance coaching team, is taking a session for our youth on Friday 21 November form 3:30-5:30PM. Based at the Taupo Yacht Club this will be a swim-bike-run session and is FREE. This is an excellent opportunity to pick up some great tips and work with an experienced coach so we hope their will be a good number of you taking up this opportunity.
Looking forward to the first mountain bike Duathlon on Monday. These are always popular so make sure you are there is plenty of time to get registered and check out the course. Registration opens at 5:20, briefing is at 5:45 and the race starts promptly 6PM. You should have got an email about this from Gillian, if you don't seem to be on the email list please contact. Gillian at email@example.com
See you Monday :)
I have updated the Hall of Fame with news about three of our athletes. Awesome stuff. Please check out the Facebook page as that is where "quick" messages and news goes.
We will all be keen as to race again tomorrow night after a week off. Make sure you are there nice and early to get registered and warm up. Remember to keep an eye out for people doing nice things and nominate them for the Chocolate Fish Award!
Theres a few updates on the WWAUT pages - keep those results coming!!
The weeks roll round sooo fast don't they? Just a few things about this Monday nights event....
**If you didn't race in an individual number last week please see me by the number box and I will allocate you one. If you were allocated one last week please register as usual and you will be given your personal number by the registration volunteers. All teams please register at the desk as usual.
** Our very own Kenyan, aka Martin Andrew, is willing to do a warm-up routine (I'm seeing can-can routines, plies etc but think he means some jogging) with the JUNIOR members. Please be there at 5.40PM if you are keen to join in for this. It will only be a 10 minute session so you won't get too tired! Please make sure you have registered first. If anyone is keen to do the same with the more mature athletes let me know and I will publicise it.
** We are introducing a new award this week, the Cholcolate Fish Award, for someone who demonstrates sportsmanship/a positive attitude/helpfulness etc during a Monday night event. Anyone can nominate a person and the nominee is not necessarily an athlete, it could be a volunteer or a bystander/spectator. If you want to nominate someone please see Gillian and let her know who you nominate and why.
It was great to see so many competitors last week and I hope that if you noticed a newbie you checked they knew what was going on and gave them a smile. Hopefully the queue for numbers won't be quite so long this week but it is really helpful if people arrive early and get organised so we can do briefing at 5.50PM and start at 6PM on the dot. Look forward to seeing you all there....
Check out the WWAUT page for the latest on our Ironmen.
The season kicked off last night with a great turnout of both new and old (in both senses of the word!) members. Great to see some members returning after being AWOL for a year or two. Huge number of young people rocking up which is keeping the racing for the more mature athletes interesting!! The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive but we are always looking for ways to improve so any bright ideas are more than welcome, just chew the ear of any committee member. We hope all the newbies were made to feel welcome and will be back again next week. The new race numbers looked great and it's nice to be able to see who is who with the names on them. Full results and the race report are on the results page, the web scorer results give the age grade winners and full results as per last year will be there by Wednesday night. See you next week :)
Monday nights are upon us! Please make sure you are nice and early to register at the AC Baths from 5.30 onwards. Race briefing will be at 5.50 and start time is 6PM SHARP. This week please collect a number from the Number Table BEFORE registering. We have a new timing system to trial this season and we need to have all the numbers locked and loaded before racing starts. We have an Ask Me person to answer all those questions you have - look out for the Fluor tshirt and the big sign. Please make sure your bike is roadworthy and you have a helmet. We also need a few marshals to assist on the course - either email firstname.lastname@example.org
or see the Ask Me person on the night. Entry to this first two events is FREE but bring some money anyway as if you haven't already done so you can pick your own lucky race number for $5. But wait! There's more!! We have cool new tri-sport Taupo race belts for you to purchase and keep for just $5. That's right - $5 for a race belt. You won't get one cheaper anywhere else!
Good luck to Cameron Paul, Mark Burke and Bevan Docherty, club members taking part in the Ironman World Champs tomorrow. Go hard guys!!
Lots of info on the psycho magpie page and we now have an Ironman page, we have requests from around the world for accomodation, bikes etc so check it out, you might be able to help!
I have updated the WWAUT page with the Kinloch Off Road Challenge results, quite a few of us were out there enjoying the great conditions. We should all be in training mode now for the start of the season on 13 October. Hopefully I have managed to put the calendar on the membership page, bear with me if its not there, I will get there eventually!!
GOOD LUCK to Cameron Paul who leaves on the 18th to train in the warm conditions and smooth roads of Kona. We wish him well for both the Ironman World Champs and the Xterra World Champs (some people are just GREEDY!) and having seen just how hard he has trained over winter a good result in both events is assured. Good luck also to Mark Burke (not a club member yet but he will be this season) and the ageless Neil Fleming who are also both competing at Kona.
Check out the What We Are Up To page to see the great results our athletes had over the weekend. TWO national champs no less!!
Club members Kyle Smith and Ellie Heenan raced in the Aquathon at the World Champs in Edmonton, Canada, today. In hot conditions Ellie finished 9th in her age group and Kyle WON the Elite Under 19 category (and he is only 16!!!). Awesome stuff!! The tri and para-tri are raced over the next few days so go hard Ellie, Matt Webber and Russell Watts. I will post results when they are available. Also best wishes to those racing at the Duathlon champs on Sunday. The club has a garage to store gear/hang out in so the weather won't be a problem whatever it is!!
From now on I will try and put the date I update this site and what it is I have done. That way you don't get bored looking at the same old stuff. So I have pulled over all the results from the old web page. They are in the Results page (tricky huh??) Think you might have to use the alt and arrow buttons to go back to the results page, not sure as I have been doing this all on the ipad which is a bit different to a computer......they are all there though which is the main thing. There is an update on the What We Are Up to (WWAUT) page about our star Matt. And today Matt Webber, Ellie Heenan, Russell Watts and Kyle Smith left our shores for Canada for the World Champs. Our best wishes go with them.
Remember to come out and support/help/ compete at the Duathlon champs on Sunday 31 August and remember to send me news, views, photos etc so I can keep us all informed.
Oh and the season starts with a Duathlon on 13 October at the AC Baths, distances 1.8/10/1.8 or 1/10/1. Registration at 5.30, race starts promptly at 6. See you there!
We now have a Facebook link. I'm not overly technically minded and whatever I have done isn't quite right so when you see the messge on the page click the "open in new window" bit and you will get to the page anyway. Isnt technology marvellous???!!!
Check out the new hoodies on the uniform page. Beeeeeaaaautiful!!
We have heaps of new info on the What We are Up To Page, see who has done what.
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