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Ironman New Zealand 2020

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Lake Taupo welcomed athletes with crystal clear waters and a beautifully flat surface for the Ironman 70.3 rolling start. As our 70.3 athletes came out of the water, and the wind picked up, it was time for the Ironman athletes to enjoy the very few mass starts left in the Ironman world. With a bit of chop developing our athletes were set off for their 3.8km swim with the earth rattling explosion of a cannon.

Coming out of the water, for both the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 athletes, was a challenging up hill 800m sprint to the Transition one, where they grabbed their bikes and were off into New Zealand’s picturesque countryside. Not swayed by the chill in the air and the ever increasing head winds, athletes pushed through two laps (1 lap for Ironman 70.3) of challenging terrain and undulating hills.

Speeding back into town, and the weather warming up, Taupo showed off its fantastic lake views, as athletes started the last leg of their journey on the undulating hills around Lake Taupo. With the 70.3 athletes finished and the sun setting, the crowds of Taupo only became louder and more encouraging, cheering our Ironman athletes home. What a fantastic day!

Congratulations to our 5 athletes – Troy Smedley, Tracey Davies, Ashley Williams, Nathan Manning and Deepak Raj – who completed the Ironman New Zealand and Ironman New Zealand 70.3. A special congratulations to Nathan Manning, who has been struggling with injury, completed his first full distance Ironman. Great job, Nathan!


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– Ashley Williams (assistant Next Level coach)

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Cairns Ironman and 70.3 2019

Next Level Triathlon Coaching Home PageCairns Ironman and 70.3 2019

There were 11 Next Level Athletes racing in Cairns last Sunday and there were some outstanding results.

  • Phil Davies was 1st in his age group in the 70.3 and Taryn Bennett, in her first 70.3 event, finished 4th in her age group and 18th female overall! I also had a win in my age group.
  • In the Ironman Denise Sweeney was a standout with a massive personal record and 6th place. While all the other Ironman athletes, including 3 first timers, finished strongly.

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Phil Davies and Coach Toby win at Western Sydney 70.3

Next Level Triathlon Coaching Home PagePhil Davies and Coach Toby win at Western Sydney 70.3

Both Phil Davies and Coach Toby dominated their age groups to win the Western Sydney 70.3 and both qualified for the World 70.3 Championships in Nice 2019

Kind conditions in Penrith made for an enjoyable event with litle wind and moderate temperatures. Both Phil and Toby have set their sights on finishing well in Nice, Phil will be hoping to improve on his 3rd place this year in South Africa

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Noosa Triathlon Wrap

Next Level Triathlon Coaching Home PageNoosa Triathlon Wrap

There were 16 Next Level athletes racing at the Noosa Triathlon this year and those racing included some first timers, developing athletes and elite age groupers. Charles Ellis recorded a stunning victory in the 45-49 category, Phil Davies slipped to a second place by just a few seconds to my old mate John Hill and I was also pleased to get a podium in the teams with Dave Aherne swimming for me.

As well as celebrating podium finishers it was great to see so many athletes improving on previous results despite the challenging conditions and taking their results to the Next Level

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Congratulations to Phil Davies who took his racing to The Next Level with a Silver medal in the Sprint distance and a Gold to be World Champion in the standard distance ITU Age Group Worlds. Add those to his bronze at the World 70.3 champs and he has a complete collection. Well done also to Charles Ellis who also won Silver in the Standard distance event in a time of 1.57. It was a week of highs and lows with Hannah Hammill crashing and breaking a collarbone in the Sprint distance event when moving into the top twenty at the end of the bike leg. Bill Thornbury, Julie Bonato and Sue Debrosses and Deepak Raj all raced above themselves in their events also.