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, TAS, for the 2019 International Triathlon Union Para-triathlon World Cup.

Men’s PTS4Women’s PTS4
1Clint Pickin1:10:101Sally Pilbeam1:26:55
2Liam Twomey1:16:282Sharon Dagg1:30:42
3Dean McHardie1:50:27
Men’s PTS5Women’s PTS5
1Joshua Kassulke1:08:121Kate Doughty1:21:46
2Molly Wallace1:29:34
Men’s PTVIWomen’s PTVI
1Jonathan Goerlach1:06:221Katie Kelly1:17:04
2Gerrard Gosens1:09:532Shannon Cleave1:27:29
3John Domandl1:17:06
Men’s PTWCWomen’s PTWC
1Nic Beveridge1:21:301Lauren Parker1:26:09
2Emily Tapp1:29:25
3Sara Tait1:48:06

By Triathlon Australia
Posted: 26/02/2019
Photo with thanks to Pappigo Images

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