Mini Triathlon 11th April 2009
It was another busy weekend of racing for the members of the Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club, as they enjoyed the Easter vacation in their own particular way, on a beautiful Saturday morning, 18 junior and senior triathletes gathered at Oualie Beach to compete in this mini-tri event. The course comprised of a 650mtr swim/20km bike/5km run for the adults and a 200mtr swim/16km bike/3km run course for the juniors, with all the athletes starting together.
The swim was dominated by Matt Lloyd who finished in 12:49 a full two minutes ahead of former National Champion James Weekes, and rising star Matt Factor of the MUA, in the female category it was newly crowned OECS Triathlon Champion Kristina Stoney setting the tone and taking second fastest swim time overall in 14:22, followed by Sarah Williams and Paula Price. The juniors on their shorter swim course were already out of the water and on their bikes, led out by 1st time triathlete Prince Leader.
The triathletes of Nevis are building on their reputation as fierce cyclists, and on this day both james and Kristina demonstrated why that is, both of them absolutely flying on the bike leg, a special mention must also go to Matt Factor, who has gone from strength to strength during his time here on Nevis both as a cyclist and as a triathlete.
Another athlete starting to reveal his true potential is Greg Phillip, who, even after a not so good swim turned out a fierce bike and a very good run that put him in third place in the male category, but full glory to james who though nursing an injury still pulled out the stops to take first, with matt factor taking a very credible second place.
Kristina was blazing a trail as she stormed to first place in the female category, she is now in the latter stages of her preparation to take on the St Croix Half-ironman (70.3) and the notorious ‘Beast’ in May this year. Alexis lemmex returned to Nevis the day before the event and still turned in a fine performance to take 2nd with Laura Talaga over from Ross in St Kitts taking 3rd place.
The juniors were also making their mark as 1st timer Roosevelt ‘Prince’ Leader won in convincing style, and demonstrated the kind of power biking and running that is evidenced by James Weekes, his younger brother Richard Leader took second place and Kennard Sampson 3rd, all of them taking on triathlon for the very first time, wonderful to see. Special mentions for Freddie Amory on his return to triathlon, Charlotte Amory and Adjua Lloyd who both joined in for a fun run.
Triathlon is a wonderful sport for all ages, and Nevis is no exception to this, our elder statespersons Dr Gordon Avery, Frank Ashley and Paula Price were out there representing and demonstrating that you really are as young as you feel, they embody the true spirit of competition and are a great credit to their peers.