“Tri” and it will happen

14 Mar 2019

A stiff southerly and light rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the young athletes lined up to take part in the Canterbury Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships on Friday 8 March. Among them, three College students – Sam Idiens, Kyle Houston and Sebastian Fergusson – ready to take the plunge.

While the multi-disciplinary nature of triathlon makes it a tough sport, that is also what makes it so challenging and compelling. Participants have to be proficient runners, swimmers and cyclists, be able to make smooth transitions between disciplines, and be willing to compete in any conditions.

Kyle was placed 3rd after the swim leg, but after a good bike ride went into the second transition as leader of the pack, managing to hold on for the entire run, coming 2nd overall behind an U19 team and 1st in the U16 individual grade. Sebastian was 12th overall and 3rd in the U19 individual grade.

The championship was held in Sumner, starting and finishing by the Scarborough clock tower.

Cant Triathlon 1Cant Triathlon 2Cant Triathlon 3Cant Triathlon 4Cant Triathlon 5

Cant Triathlon 6

From left: Sam Idiens, Sebastian Fergusson and Kyle Houston