Conditions were tough for Australia’s Para-triathletes at the Newcastle City Triathlon on Sunday (24 February), but not so tough to stop Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lauren Parker from winning the women’s PTWC in front of a home crowd.
“It was very windy,” said Parker, who first raced the Newcastle City Triathlon 11 years ago as an able-bodied athlete. “But I love tough conditions, that’s what racing’s about.
“I had my first win over Emily Tapp today, the world champ, so I’m proud that I raced in my home town and took the win.”
It was anyone’s game after the 750m swim, but Parker put the hammer down on the bike, powering to a massive three-minute lead over Tapp.
“The bike’s my strength, so I just had to make sure I got a massive lead before the run, which is my weakest leg, and that’s what I did. I felt great today.”
Parker will now make her way to Devonport, Tasmania, for the 2019 ITU Para-triathlon World Cup.
|Male PTS4||Female PTS4|
|1||Clint Pickin||1:10:10||1||Sally Pilbeam||1:26:55|
|2||Liam Twomey||1:16:28||2||Sharon Dagg||1:30:42|
|Male PTS5||Female PTS5|
|1||Joshua Kassulke||1:08:12||1||Kate Doughty||1:21:46|
|Male PTVI||Female PTVI|
|1||Jonathan Goerlach||1:06:22||1||Katie Kelly||1:17:04|
|2||Gerrard Gosens||1:09:53||2||Shannon Cleave||1:27:29|
|Male PTWC||Female PTWC|
|1||Nic Beveridge||1:21:30||1||Lauren Parker||1:26:09|
By Triathlon Australia
Photo with thanks to Pappigo Images