In Devonport on Saturday, Marcel Walkington claimed victory in the OTU Oceania Cup and Australian Standard Distance Championship.
Walkington has now booked himself a ticket gaining automatic selection to the Australian team for this year’s ITU U23 World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico.
A humble Walkington credited VIS coaches Danielle Stefano and Harry Brennan, “All the VIS boys as a group were able to work together well over the past three months with Danielle and Harry,” said Walkington.
Fellow VIS athlete Declan Wilson was a mere 34 seconds behind Walkington, claiming silver in the U23 Championship. Rounding out the results, Matt Baker placed fourth and Joel Tobin-White eighth.
VIS athlete and world championship bronze medallist Kate Doughty asserted her PT4 authority by winning the Oceania Paratriathlon Championships. Also in the PT4 category Jack Swift placed second with an overall time of 1:05:58. Swift’s best performance on the day came from the swim leg, emerging from the water in pole position. The duo will head to Penrith for the ITU World Paratriathlon Event as they seek Rio selection on 23 - 24 April.
Photo credit: Delly Carr / Triathlon Australia