2019 JTM Gala Award Nominations
Voting for the 2019 JTM performance of the year awards has now closed. Award recipients will be presented at the JTM Gala Night on Friday May 17th…
Nominees - Female Performance of the Year
Tracy Clinch - Mooloolaba Standard Distance Triathlon
In just her second ever triathlon, Tracy ticked off a number of massive goals at the Mooloolaba Triathlon. Stopping the clock in 2:10:20 over the standard distance Tracy finished the day 7th female overall being beaten only by 6 professional athletes on her way to first age grouper, 30-34 national champion and automatic qualification for her Triathlon Australia elite license.
Ellie Hoitink - Devonport Junior Oceania Championships
Being the Junior Oceania Championships meant this year’s junior race in Devonport was as hotly contested as ever. After not racing at Runaway Bay and a somewhat disappointing result in Canberra by her high standards, Elle had a lot of work to do in Devonport to be competitive in the junior series. A cracking swim - bike set the scene for Elle to cross the line with the bronze medal in both the Oceania Junior Championships and the Australian Junior Series for 2019.
Grace Hoitink - ITU Standard Distance World Championships (Gold Coast)
After an 18 month hiatus from the sport, the 2018 World Champs was the race that put the 20-24 female age group on notice, Grace was back! After leading out of the water by 90seconds, Grace came off the bike in 2nd place and went to work on the run before being joined by 2017 16-19 World Champion Izzy Chisholm 5kms into the run. The 2 ran side by side until 1km to go when Izzy’s run legs got the better of Grace and she fell to 5th place on the blue carpet. Grace’s 5th place her second best result ever at a world champs and a springboard into the rest of the 2019 season.
Shelby O’Toole - Western Sydney 70.3
Shelby’s finish at Western Sydney in November barely left a dry eye in the JT Multisport camp. After being told by doctor’s she would never walk again at age 18, in typical Shelb fashion she resolved to one day do an ironman event. It would be Shelb’s fearless determination and the loving support of her family that got her through the last 10kms of her run at Western Sydney 70.3 and down the finish line in what was one of JTM’s most memorable finishes of the year!
Vicki Resch - Australian Running Festival 10km
Although specialising in longer distance racing, Vicki’s 2019 season got off to a bang at the Australian Running Festival 10km. Racing in one of the biggest female age groups in the race Vicki was tasked with going out in a pace she hadn’t sustained over 10km before. Not only did Vicki nail the first 5km, she managed to negative split over the tough back half of the race. Vicki crossed the line in 47:59 in second place of 113 in her age group and 41st female overall.
Jo Whithear - Huskisson Triathlon Festival
After making a return to racing in Kurnell in November, Jo’s season of sprint distance racing placed her firmly as one of the best in Australia for her age group. No race stood out more for Jo this season than Big Husky. After exiting the water in 8th position in her age group and very much in contention, Jo tore her way through the field on the bike and run to finish in 1:15:46 and take the age group win in one of the most hotly contested categories in the race!
Nominees - Male Performance of the Year
John Cartwright - Ironman Australia
Kicking off this season John had two big goals - qualify for Lausanne and finish an Ironman. After a baptism of fire to long course racing at 70.3 Port last year, JC found himself stuck in a bathtub calling for help to get up but apparently contemplating doing an Ironman! Fast forward 12 months and JC found himself in the finishing chute with one of the biggest cheers of the night after smashing out his first Ironman in a time of 13:10:24 with the support of his loving family.
Stu Cayzer - Ironman Australia
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Stu’s performance in Port Macquarie this year. The lead up to Ironman Australia wasn’t an easy one for Stu juggling a hectic work and family life. After getting out of the water in 1:20 Stu went to work on the bike and run reeling in the majority of the field for his troubles finishing his first Ironman in an astonishing 11:41:44 under double his 70.3 PB from the same time last year!
Yoann Colin - Mooloolaba Standard Distance Triathlon
To say Yoann has had a breakthrough season would be an understatement. In looking through his long list of accomplishments this year, the Mooloolaba triathlon stands out. This was the race where Yoann showed off his ability in all three disciplines and proved to everyone he could match it with some of the best in the sport finishing his first standard distance race in 1:56:07 in 10th place overall and in doing so beating half the pro field, winning the 20-24 national title and earning an automatic right to his Triathlon Australia elite license.
Joseph Pascall - NSW Open Water Championships 7.5km
To say the last few years have been a rollercoaster for Joe would be an understatement. A number of health setbacks has meant more time out of the water than Joe would’ve liked. Joe’s 7.5km swim at the NSW Open Water Championships stands as the race that turned things around. Although not at the times Joe once swam, finishing the 7.5km open water swim in fresh water was enough to springboard Joe into bigger and better things this season. When recently asked how his improvement was tracking this year Joe responded - “On a scale of one to a shit tonne, I’m gonna have to say… a shit tonne!” and we agree!
Kerryn Waters - Tinaroo Triathlon
Kerryn’s natural talent in the sport of triathlon has been on display all season. After completing his first ever triathlon at Husky, Kerryn headed back to QLD to take part in the Tinaroo Sprint Distance Triathlon. It was this race which allowed Kerryn to really show off his bike and run ability laying down the second fastest split in each leg to finish third place overall in 1:11:44. This result also gave Kerryn the 30-39 age group win and most importantly, the bragging rights over his parter Megan who won the women’s race.
Myles Wood - BCU Coffs Harbour Triathlon
Myles’ natural ability as a runner have been on show throughout the season but it was Coffs Harbour where Myles completed his first triathlon in style. Stopping the clock in 2:23:05 over the standard distance on a tough course, Myles claimed the silver medal in his age group breaking the magical 40 minute barrier over the 10km in the process and cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with in the 20-24 age group.