The NSW Club Championships is held in Forster every year in mid-May. This year Warringah Triathlon Club was defending it's Club Champ title. The club has held this title 10 times in it's 20 year duration. This year was not the year for the trophy to return to the Northern Beaches but the club had a solid team of triathletes, volunteers and supporters representing the club who came out as runners up and had a ball dressed in fluro and celebrating the end of a great season for all!
Dean Helm is in his second year as a club member and this was his first Club Champs experience. His wife and three year old daughter joined him. Despite the wet weather, they enjoyed their experience on the course and after celebrating late into the night. They'll be back next year!
I learned that it doesn’t matter if you breaststroke, cycle and walk, it’s the spirit of the race, the people you party with and the family you belong too that makes the day!!!
RATE THE RACE
WTC Member 2 years
Age Group Raced: 30-34
Why triathlon? It’s a self controlled discipline that is contained in a large team.
Triathlon goal for 2015: Half Iron Man Western Sydney – Bring it on!!
Why this race? It's club champs and I had been told that I couldn’t miss it!! (Andy). Plus, I wanted to ensure that I was a bigger part of the club in my second season than the first.
NSW Club Championships, Forster, NSW
Summarise the course:
The dog leg swim was begun just as the heavens began to open. This was a little annoying after the morning had begun so beautifully. The conditions of the swim were fine and with El Presidento helping clear me a path, the start was good.
The support coming from the grand stand near transition was worth the entry alone!! ‘Go Warringah”, calls from the stand keep people focused on the job at hand.
Into the bike leg and the two laps of twisting and turning and increasing rain, watching members, family and friends cheer from the roadsides. Quite alarmingly I began to see a fair few riders sat on the side, either with blood or blow outs!! It was a reasonable leg that began to start feeling uncomfortable half way through. Unfortunately the pain from the fractured rib was beginning to set in. Never mind, over half way now, can’t stop, there is a point in it for the club. Rolling into T2 I jumped from the bike and the pain fired up my left side, no run into T2 and only a shuffle back out.
Onto the run with only 8km to go, lots of Warringah Club Members at the run turn around were cheering and shouting words of encouragement. However, with amber nectar held aloft, all members were showing what was waiting at the end, oh yes, the BEER!!! Out on the run course, the club ran as a unit, and I even received a slap on the backside from Mark Northcote ‘come on princess’. The final run home was tough, the pain was now enough to have me wondering if any damage was done. But, as I entered the final straight, the club tent was rocking, the crowd inside was going wild (Again with beers in hand) and it was done!!!!
Favorite part of the race: This was the first race that I crossed the line to see my beautiful daughter still there. The feeling was magic!!!
How did your race pan out: With my preparations being hindered a little, I was more than happy to cross the line!
Highlight of the race and the event overall: The two highlights of the race for me was seeing my daughter at the end having a ball of a time in the club tent even though she was wet through. Being awarded the Iron Mike Award, was an absolute shock. I didn’t expect it and was totally over the moon with it. Such a prestigious award will sit with me for a very long time.
Any lowlights/take aways: Nothing for me to take away, but when it comes to club champs, I learned that it doesn’t matter if you breaststroke, cycle and walk, it’s the spirit of the race, the people you party with and the family you belong too that makes the day!!!
Would you return? See you next year!
How did you get there from Sydney.How long to get there? The drive from the beautiful northern beaches on a Friday evening was initially quite grinding. Gridlocked traffic in St Ives was met with downpours of rain as we got closer to Forster. With my 3 year old and my wife in tow, they were very patient and were also very excited about the weekend ahead.
Where did you stay and what was it like? Would you return or what other accommodation options would you recommend? Let’s face it, we are in Forster to race for the greatest club in the Australia, if required, we would sleep in the car!!!
Favourite place to eat? With family fully pumped after the race, the club meal took place at Club Forster. I couldn’t have been more impressed with the way we were looked after and the room my daughter had to do the things that children do.
A good 2 course meal with beers to wash away the days drizzle!!!