October has been an interesting month with a wealth of racing from the team at the very highest level. We have seen The Chief sneak off down under to race IM 70.3 Mandurah, Marshall make his pilgrimage to the triathlon mecca that is Kona to be tortured out on the course, and then of course we had the ITU big guns out this month, Coach, Flanners and Dataman. A year in preparation (in fairness, 6-weeks for Finn) to serve their country on the triathlon front line otherwise known as the ITU Sprint World Championships. The Committee had a difficult choice this month.
TT2A ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Chris ‘Chief’ McVicars
Chris McVicars – Ironman 70.3 Mandurah, Western Australia
A relative newcomer to triathlon Chief went, well he tried to go under the radar and race in his second half ironman distance event in the inaugural IM 70.3 Mandarah in Western Australia. Now some of you may remember Chief took to the swim, bike, run in Zem Al See in Austria at the end of August. We now see that was a test bed for the man, either that or it was too cold and wet as he pulled an impressive PB out of his bag of tricks in Australia.
The Chief returns to the West coast to take part in Ironman Western Australia in Busselton on 9th December so we’ve not heard the last of the Chief. Well done and keep on training hard kid 🙂
Finn Zwager – ITU Sprint World Championships, New Zealand
Nominated again and AOTM himself in September Finn continues his triathlon campaign adding the ITU Sprint World Championships in New Zealand to his tri repertoire. Finn grabbed the opportunity to race in his National colours and bagged 25th in a field of 80 in AG45-49 on the back of 6-weeks of Sprint specific training. Way to go Dataman 🙂
Simon Marshall – ‘Kona’ Ironman World Championships in Hawaii
What do you have to do Marshie, getting to Kona just isn’t good enough to acclaim the prestigious TT2A AOTM anymore 🙂 As one of the Committee members observed your outstanding performance was the race that got you to Kona. Nevertheless, you worked very hard for your outstanding achievement and sounds like you were humbled by the Big Island this year. Simon Marshall is the prime example of someone who shows complete dedication to his training, someone who listens to his Coach and has unbridled determination and an immense strength of character. You ask Marshman what his next goal is… He just can’t stop, and why would he?
Neil Flanagan – ITU Sprint World Championships, New Zealand
You’ll have read Flanners’ honest race report, if not it’s here 🙂 Neil was disappointed with his result but 32nd out of a field of 80 primed world-class age group athletes is nothing to be disappointed about. Neil ranked 4th GBR AG40-44. We’re proud of you Flanners 🙂
Jason Metters – ITU Sprint World Championships, New Zealand
Jason made a come back after 10 years and achieved a Silver medal in the M40-44 and placed 6th overall out of 1,500 athletes. He is also won a Bronze medal in the World Aquathon Championships 4 days prior. Worth a vote but not good enough for TT2A AOTM Coach.