Digest: March 28

Digest: March 28

Post by katherine william » Sun, 29 Mar 1998 04:00:00

Triathlon Digest: Saturday, March 28, 1998
Vol. 2, No. 71
Published by Triathlon Central

In This Issue:
        * ITU Zurich World Cup announcement (from ITU headquarters)
        * Additional Swiss news (from Reinhard Standke, Switzerland)
        * African Championships preview from Namibia (forwarded by Jim
Ferstle, USA)
        * Final round Sunday for St. George Formula 1 series (from Andrew
Fraser, Australia)
        * Opportunities for Triathlon NSW juniors (from Sarah Entwhistle,
Australia)

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Subject: ITU Zurich World Cup

For Immediate Release - March 27, 1998
INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON UNION
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ITU SELECTS ZURICH AS A TRIATHLON WORLD CUP

The International Triathlon Union today announced the selection of
Zurich as a 1998 ITU Triathlon World Cup event, scheduled to take
place on 21 June.  Based on the tremendous success of the
International Women's Triathlon in Zurich, organizer Anne-Marie
Gchwend has decided to expanded the scope of the race to include elite
men and women competitors.

ITU President, Les McDonald, said, "We have been so impressed with
the organization and quality of the International Women's Triathlon
in Zurich, that when the opportunity to include the race on the
Triathlon World Cup schedule arose, it was an easy decision."  The
Zurich race was previously awarded `International' point status and
will now move up to full World Cup point standing.

More than 1,000 women will race in the morning, then the
elite/professional competitors will tackle the 1.5k swim, 40k bike,
10k run course.  At stake are valuable ITU Triathlon World Ranking
points, which are the primary qualifying criteria for the World
Championships and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Swiss Triathlon Federation President Mario Chirico noted, "1998 is
going to be a banner year for our sport in Switzerland.  We are
hosting the ITU Powerman Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen on
7 June, the ITU Triathlon World Championships on 29-30 August in
Lausanne and now an ITU Triathlon World Cup in Zurich.  We promise to
deliver the best of Swiss quality at all three events."

Ms. Gschwend is particularly pleased with the selection. "We've
worked hard to make the International Women's Triathlon the best of
its kind in the world.  Now we will have the top men and women
triathletes from around the world in our beautiful city of Zurich".

Full details can be found on the event web site:
(http://SportToday.org/) or visit the ITU web-site
(http://SportToday.org/) for complete details on ITU and the 1998
season.

1998 ITU WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
DATE    LOCATION
12 April        ITU Ishigaki World Cup (Ishigaki, Japan)
26 April        ITU `Energy Australia' Sydney World Cup (Sydney, Australia)
21 June         ITU Zurich World Cup (Zurich, Switzerland)
12 July         ITU Gamagori World Cup (Gamagori, Japan)
2 August        ITU Newfoundland World Cup (Corner Brook, Newfoundland,
Canada)
9 August        ITU Tiszajvaros World Cup (Tiszajvaros, Hungary)
27 Sept         ITU Cancun World Cup (Cancun, Mexico)
10 Oct          ITU Ilheus World Cup (Ilheus-Bahia, Brazil)

For more information, please contact:
Mike Gilmore, ITU Managing Director
Tel: (1.253) 858.5793
Fax: (1.253) 858.5792

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Subject: Swiss News

        -- For the annual general assembly of Swiss Triathlon Federation
president Mario Chirico will welcome the delegates this Saturday, March 28, in
the historical town of Solothurn. Major issues will concern permission to
Swiss EB to allow drafting races and to establish a race course check
and security commission.

        -- For the Sunday's ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in the
French
resort Les Menuires, the Swiss team consists of Karin Moebes (European
Champion), Iwan Schuwey and twins Othmar and Joseph Bruegger.

        -- On Sunday the 1st Red Bull Snowman Winter Triathlon will also be
held in the Swiss resort of Lenzerheide. Sprint distance: 12.6 km Mountainbike,
12.6 km X-country skiing, 11.4 km run. -
        - Challenge:  39.7 km Mountainbike (Start on Top of Mount Rothorn,
2800 m), 15.7 km X-country skiing, 23.6 km run.
        - Prize Money: 24'000.- CHF; Homepage www.trisuisse.ch

Reinhard Standke
Press Officer Swiss Triathlon Federation

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Subject: All Africa preview

A report from The Namibian, the newspaper in Windhoek, Namibia:

All Africa Triathlon promises fireworks

March 27, 1998
by Helge Schutz

Windhoek - The chance of competing in the World Triathlon Championships
which take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in August, has ensured that
Southern Africa's top triathletes will be in action at the All Africa
Triathlon Championships (AATC) in Swakopmund tomorrow.

The event, which should see about 150 athletes participating, for the first
time brings together athletes from six African nations - Namibia, South
Africa, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Reunion and Sierre Leone.

The men's elite winner is expected to come from the powerful South African
team consisting of Raynard Tissink, Conrad Stolz and Greg von Holdt,
although the South African national champion and defending African
champion, Glen Gore, who was controversially dropped from the South African
team last week, will have a point to prove.

Gore won his first national standard triathlon in Gauteng a fortnight ago,
but was then told by the South African coach Kevin Richards that he could
not compete in last weekend's Iron Man competition at Midmar Dam, if he
wanted to retain his place on the AATC team.  Gore had already committed
himself to the Iron Man event, which he subsequently won and was duly
dropped from the South African team, but luckily he received a wild card
entry to compete in Swakopmund.

His major competition is expected to come from Tissink who was leading last
week's Iron Man event after the bike stage by eight minutes, but then
dropped out to prepare himself for tomorrow's race. Tissink has previous
experience of Namibian conditions, having won last year's Mariental
Triathlon, as does Conrad Stolz, a previous Mariental winner and winner of
the 1997 Energade Sprint Triathlon in Swakopmund.

The main contenders from Zimbabwe are Mark Marabini and Robin Simpson.
Marabini, who came fourth at last week's Iron Man competition, is well
known to Namibian fans, having won the Namib Triathlon championships on
four occasions.

His *** in Zimbabwe might however be drawing to a close as Simpson,
who moved up from the junior ranks this year, won the Zimbabwean
championships two weeks ago. Another Zimbabwean with potential is Liam
Summers who came third at last year's Mariental Triathlon.

From Reunion comes Gerald Senescat, who came fourth in Mariental last year
and from Mauritius the tough Christopher Gerard. Namibia's triathletes will
be hard-pressed in this top class field, but Namibia's top triathlete
Tokkie Bombosch, who came 14th at last year's AATC in Mauritius, is hoping
for a place in the top five.

"It will be a very difficult race because of the recently allowed drafting
rule where cyclists are allowed to slipstream, giving stronger teams an
advantage. The swimming leg will be the most important for me - if I'm
amongst the leaders there, I think I
can do well," Bombosch said.

Amongst the women the defending African champion from South Africa, Kim
Carter will start as the clear favourite.

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Subject: St.George Pre-Race Release - Final Round

Media Release
Saturday, 28 March 1998 - Sydney, NSW

PLENTY AT STAKE IN SERIES FINALE

Despite the series titles having already been decided last week in round
4, some huge challenges still await competitors in the final round of
the 1998 St.George Formula 1 Triathlon this Sunday (29 March) at Pyrmont
Bay in Sydney.

Series Champions Brad Beven and Gallagher will be out to finish the
series on a winning note in the "Eliminator" format, with Gallagher odds
on favourite to take out the women's event. The women's format sees 16
competitors start in race 1, with the last eight eliminated. The top eight
progress to the final. Gallagher is in superb form and is out to make a
clean sweep of the series by taking out all five rounds - a feat achieved
only once before by Michellie Jones in 1995. Loretta Harrop, Melanie
Mitchell and Nicole Hackett are locked in a tussle for second place in the
series. Star runner Joanne King will be hoping to upset their plans.

The men contest three races. Twenty-three will start in race one with the
last eight eliminated. Fif*** start race two and the last five are eliminated,
leaving 10 to progress to the final. The course consists of a 300m swim, 7km cycle
and a 2km run.

Six competitors are still in contention for the minor placings in the
men's series. Rookie Peter Robertson and Andrew Johns currently hold
down second and third place respectively, but with each athlete
permitted to drop their worst score in the five-round series, both know
they need a victory to maintain these positions. Miles Stewart, Greg
Welch, Trent Chapman, Greg Bennett and Courtney  Atkinson can all still
snatch one of the minor placings.

Miles Stewart won the Eliminator event last year and is desperate to
finish the series the same way he started it - with a victory. Greg
Welch is still suffering from a sinus infection but has confirmed he is
a definite starter.

The other challenge facing many of the competitors is the battle for a
top 10 position. The top 10 in both the men's and women's series win a
contract to compete in the 1999 series. Failure to finish in the top 10
for the Aussie athletes will see them have to contest next season's F1
qualifying races in the St.George Tour - the same route taken this year
by star rookies Robertson, Atkinson and Levi Maxwell.

A huge crowd is expected to the Sydney event with St.George Bank
offering a $2,000 Select Deluxe account for the individual or club with
the "Best Banner."

For further information and race day results contact Andrew Fraser on:
0411 696 333 (Australia)
+ 61 411 696 333 (International)

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Subject: Triathlon NSW Junior Squads

media release 27 march 1998

ELITE EVENTS FOR NSW JUNIOR SQUADS

Triathlon New South Wales (NSW) will showcase its top junior competitors in
invitation races linked to two of Australia's most high-profile events over
the next two weeks.

The first junior competition is on Sunday 29 March at Sydney's Darling
Harbour, when 11 of the state's top junior men will race as part of the
final round of the St. George Formula 1 Triathlon Series.

Organised in conjunction with On-Line Sport, promoters of the Formula 1
Series, the 300m swim, 7km cycle and 3km run junior race, will take place
before the professional men's and women's events.

There will be no junior women's race in this event as most of them,
including World Junior Champion Nicole Hackett, World Junior No.3 Melanie
Mitchell, and World Junior Duathlon Champion Rebekah Keat, are already
competing in the Formula One Series.   Others are racing the final round of
the NSW State Cup at Etttalong Beach on the same day.

The second event is the Great Lakes Junior Grand Prix to be staged at
Tuncurry in conjunction with the Great Lakes International Triathlon
Association (GLITA) at 4pm on Saturday 4 April, on the eve of the
Minolta Australian Ironman Triathlon.

Here, 20 of our top male and female juniors, have been invited to race the
supersprint draft-legal format in front of some of the world's most
accomplished Ironman triathletes.

The juniors participating in the two events make up the recently formed NSW
Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Triathlon Squads and the new Triathlon NSW
Development Squad for 1998/99.    Selection for the Squads was finalised
following the 1998 NSW Junior Triathlon Championships at Jervis Bay on 15
February.

The NSWIS (pronounced En-swiss) Triathlon Program was created to support the
State's best 12 junior triathletes, aged 16 to 19, leading up to, and
beyond,the Sydney Olympics.   The program consists of a Tier 1 Squad for
elite NSW athletes who are also part of the national junior Squad, and Tier
2 for other highly-ranked juniors in NSW.

The Program will enable juniors to receive advanced sports science testing,
medical and sports psychology support, access to career and education
programs and financial reimbur***t for training and competition expenses.

Triathlon NSW Development Squad's Tier 3 represents the state's most
promising young juniors and future NSWIS Squad members.  The idea of the
development squad is to identify and introduce talented young triathletes
to high performance training and competition, including sports testing and
draft-legal racing.

Below is a list of Squad members and competitors for the Triathlon NSW
invitationsl elite junior events:

NSW Institute of Sport Junior Squad -Tier 1

Male
Steven Croft, 19, Penshurst
Benjamin Squire, 19, Avoca Beach

Female
Nicole Hackett, 19, Terrigal
Rebekah Keat, 19, Albury
Melanie Mitchell, 17, Terrigal

NSW Institute of Sport  Junior Squad - Tier 2

Male
Glenn Bennett, 18, Hornsby
David Clark, 17,  Korora
Brad Kahlefeldt, 18, Wagga Wagga
Callum MacLeod, 19, Balagowlah
Levi Maxwell, 16, Nowra

Female
Kirsten Molloy, 18, Mt. Warrigal

Triathlon NSW Junior Development Squad -Tier 3

Male
Brad Beer, 17, Junction Hills
Leigh Chapman, 17, Penrith
Stephen Hackett, 15, Terrigal
Nicholas Hornman, 16, Glen Alpine

Female
Amy Biele, 17, Bargo
Kristy Cairncross, 15, Culburra Beach
Jennifer Erskine, 16, Bonnett Bay
Tamara Molloy, 16, Mt Warrigal

The coaching staff at the NSWIS Triathlon Program are:
Brian Drew      Head Coach
Maureen Cummings        Associate Coach (Metropolitan North)
Justin Drew     Associate Coach (North Coast)
Eric Hunter     Associate Coach (Metropolitan South)
Gary Flaxman    Associate Coach (Metropolitan West)

The Triathlon NSW Development Squad will come under the Direction of Brett
Mace, Athlete Development Manager.

(from Sarah Entwistle, Triathlon NSW)

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