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Jaimee Leader's race report - National Secondary Schools Champs 2014

15 Apr 2014

Jaimee Leader was one of our club members who attended the National Secondary Schools Triathlon Champs in Gisborne 26th-29th March 2014. Here is her report from the events she participated in.

On March 26th I headed up to Gisborne to compete in the NZ Secondary Schools Triathlon Nationals. I was entered into both the U19 Triathlon and U19 Aquathlon representing PNGHS. Gisborne was a great place to hold the 2014 Tri nationals as differentiating from the lake to the sea was a good challenge for many of the triathletes. Leading into the race I was looking forward to the swim being in the sea and the test I would face if the sea was rough, I have enjoyed this type of course at previous races in the Contact Tri series. My first race, the individual Triathlon went really well. I had a strong swim in the rough sea and surf conditions, trying to sight the buoys was certainly a challenge but I stuck with it, did not give up and worked with the waves. I came out of the swim with a huge lead and continued to extend that on the bike which was on a flat course out and back. It was a matter of time trialling each discipline and playing it smart for the rest of the race.

It was great to have my coach Sam Warriner giving me advice from the sidelines. I really enjoyed the surf and both cycle and run courses, as they were flat which allowed me to keep a fast pace throughout the race. Finishing with a strong run I was so pleased to take the title by nearly 11 mins from the next competitor. Day two was the Aquathlon. This is a new event to the National Schools calendar and it was great to be able to race in this the next day. With rough seas again, the swim was changed to a 2-lap course of approx. 300m each so there was a lot more running in and out of the surf involved. Adapting to this was no problem, I always try to learn to control the controllable’s and find a solution for every situation. I came out in the lead from the swim and headed out onto the run feeling strong and only a little fatigued from the day before which I was happy about. I led from start to finish and was so pleased to take out another win and claim both of the NZ secondary school U19 Womens titles in Triathlon and Aquathlon.

Samuel Phillip's report on the National Secondary Schools Champs 2014

14 Apr 2014

Samuel Phillips was one of our club members who attended the National Secondary Schools Triathlon Champs in Gisborne 26th-29th March 2014. Here is his report from all the events he participated in.

National Schools Triathlon Champs 2014 in Gisborne.
On Wednesday 26th Triathlon Champs. It was my first trip to Gisborne and I am pleased I took those sea leg tablets. I stayed in a house with other Palmy triathletes and their parents. Wednesday night was a big pasta dinner and an early night ready for race day. It was an early start that morning to make sure I had time for breakfast to settle, warm up and race at 8am in the individual youth triathlon. Dad and I arrived down at the beach, I couldn’t believe what I saw…huge swells, it looked scary and rough. I am very new at open water swimming and this wasn’t making me feel very confident. Mum 
would have hated this.. just as well she was back at home, Race time and it is on….the current is really strong, its cold and all I can think of is the huge waves crashing in. Phew I am out of the water, I felt proud that I had at least completed the swim even though I was now near the back of the pack. My new bike felt good to ride, transition was a little slow because I was shaking and the run felt hard after having swallowed a little too much sea water. My placing was a little disappointing but I felt proud and so was my Dad that I had come a long way towards overcoming my open water swimming fear. The rest of the day was spent supporting the big turnout of Palmerston North athletes. Some great results were achieved.
That night was back for more Pasta and another early night in preparation of the Aquathon the same time the next day. The morning brought pretty much the same sea conditions. Big breakers were not my friend and I felt fearful to get back in the water. Dad and Andy were really encouraging and forceful, ”you have to harden up” was what was said. Again not a great race position but finished mid pack and another experience at sea swimming, I realised it doesn’t just get easier after one swim. That afternoon was spent relaxing, playing heaps of tennis and hanging with the Palmy crowd.
Saturday morning came and after packing the car I had the Open Water Swim to look forward to….joke. A few competitors had already decided not to compete after the last couple of day’s sea conditions. I felt that I needed to do it and it didn’t matter where I finished as long as I completed it. The whole experience was definitely about growing and learning as a triathlete. I loved the atmosphere and as always the people we are around are so encouraging.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the Manawatu Tri Club committe, to Dave and Andy for the training, to Andy and Lenka for helping me and my parents with everything they can, Kylie Mulcahy and Nikki Pritchard for their support and also my Mum and Dad who make this all possible for me.
Samuel Phillips

Jake's report from Auckland camp for the TriNZ Youth Squad

07 Apr 2014

In December 2013 Jake Jackson-Grammer attended a camp in Auckland for the TriNZ Youth Squad at the Millennium Institute. Here is his report from the camp:

The focus of the camp was mainly on running and swimming, tests included 25m/100m swim time trials, a 600m run time trial and a 60 second static cycle to determine average wattage per kg. In between doing these tests the athletes were greeted by athletes such as Hamish Carter and Adrien Blincoe, this was exciting and useful to be able to talk to professional athletes and what their advice to younger athletes was.

To finish the camp all athletes participated in an aquathlon (200m swim/1500m run).This was hard as the previous two days had been challenging. Overall the camp was beneficial to me, I received advice from world level athletes and learnt more about strength and conditioning as well as nutrition.

Jake Jackson-Grammer

NZ secondary schools triathlon champs Gisborne 2014

29 Mar 2014

Well done to all club members who competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Triathlon Champs in Gisborne 27-29th March 2014. Here are some results for club members (apologies if anyone's results have been missed):

Under 14 Female Triathlon
Place Name Division
5 Dana Purdy Individual


Under 14 Male Triathlon
Place Name Division
3 Adam Martin Individual


Under 16 Male Triathlon
Place Name Division
2 David Martin Individual


Under 19 Female Triathlon
Place Name Division
1 Jaimee Leader Individual


Under 12 Female Aquathlon
Place Name Team
17 Jessica Ogden Palmerston North Intermediate
18 Zoe Croton Palmerston North Intermediate
  Emma Leader Palmerston North Intermediate


Under 13 Male Aquathlon
Place Name Team
17 Samuel Phillips Palmerston North Intermediate


Under 14 Female Aquathlon
Place Name Team
3 Dana Purdy Freyberg High School


Under 14 Male Aquathlon
Place Name Team
6 Adam Martin Palmerston North Boys High School
16 Dineth Rajapakse Palmerston North Boys High School


Under 16 Female Aquathlon
Place Name Team
20 Gorgi van Lienen Palmerston North Girls' High School
23 Abby Leader Palmerston North Girls' High School


Under 16 Male Aquathlon
Place Name Team
3 David Martin Palmerston North Boys High School


Under 19 Female Aquathlon
Place Name Team
1 Jaimee Leader Palmerston North Girls' High School


Under 19 Male Aquathlon
Place Name Team
14 Ioan Fuller Homeschool


Under 13 Male Open Water Swim
Place Name
15 Samuel Phillips


Under 14 Female Open Water Swim
Place Name
3 Dana Purdy


Under 14 Male Open Water Swim
Place Name
14 Adam Martin


Under 16 Male Open Water Swim
Place Name
3 David Martin


Full results can be found here:

.kiwi triathlon Wellington 2014

08 Mar 2014

Report from Wellington .kiwi Triathlon – 8th March 2014

Around twenty two local club members attended Wellington last Saturday to compete in the .kiwi tri event. Along with about 460 other athletes. Events ranged from 1:2:1 to full Olympic distance triathlon. The U19 National Sprint Event in which we had four young people entered in was also held. With Jaimee Leader getting on the podium (3rd), and Liz Stannard (4th) females were well represented. David Martin was close to the front for both swim and cycle legs but faded slightly in the run getting a very commendable 9th with Ioan Fuller 16th.

This was the first ever inter-club event as well – they will be working on changing the points system but this is their first attempt. Clubs got points for the numbers entered and peoples placing’s in the age groups. Obviously the larger clubs had an advantage with this however we still managed a commendable 3rd place. Wellington was first; Auckland second. I am yet to see how the points were calculated.

The weather was predictably not calm. Water was choppy making swimming the long course tricky – especially when we had to swim about 4-500 metres to the start pontoon – and then some (like me) had trouble sighting the marker buoys in the choppy water. However not raining throughout and the day warmed up after the 7.30 am start. The cycle around the bays was attractive (if you had time to look) but also gusty with a nice tail wind one way and grinding head wind the other. You certainly had to watch coming around the headlands when the wind was a bit gusty. A huge number of marshalls are needed for the cycle course so Wellington is to be commended for their organization where everything seemed to run very smoothly.

The 3:9:3 event saw Manawatu in dominant form with Adam and Andy Martin 1st and 2nd in this event with Georgi Van Lienen and Dana Purdy 1st and 3rd and Sam Phillips 2nd U13 Male. In the Olympic distance we had a number of top 3 age grade placings (see results sheet) with AJ Cornwall being our top male finisher in 32nd place and our top female finisher being Kelly Carter in 17th.

Well done to everyone who competed and the many family and friends who provided moral and verbal support throughout the event. Next large national event is the Auckland Barfoot and Thompson International (ITU) event on 5-6th April. Let me know if you are competing so we can acknowledge and track your success.

Barrie Eccles (reporter)


Here's the full results for the Manawatu Triathlon Club competitors at the tri:


Peter Scott 7th Male all ages 13:14

3:9:3 Youth

Gorgi van Lienen 1st Female 39:43
Dana Purdy 3rd Female 41:52
Sam Phillips 6th Male 41:40 2nd
Luke Scott 11th Male 46:52
Dineth Rajapakse DNF

3:9:3 Individual

Nina Booth 18th Female all ages 56:16
Adam Martin 1st Male all ages 37:26
Andy Martin 2nd Male all ages 38:28
Kevren Ford 16th Male all ages 49:51

Trophy Individuals

Cheryl Hirschberg 2nd (F50-54) 44th Female 2:59:32
Kylie Mulcahy 3rd (F35-39) 32nd Female 2:40:39
Kelly Carter 4th (F30-34) 17th Female 2:33:14
Gemma Fisher 9th (F30-34) 43rd Female 2:58:36
Barrie Eccles 1st (M60-64) 86th Male 2:49:46
AJ Cornwall 3rd (M40-44) 32nd Male 2:21:49
Paul Plieger 6th (M40-44) 42nd Male 2:26:25
Dave Scott 8th (M50-54) 59th Male 2:33:38

U19 Womens Sprint Distance National Champs

Jaimee Leader 3rd 1:08:26
Lizzie Stannard 4th 1:09:11

U19 Mens Sprint Distance National Champs

David Martin 9th 1:03:11
Ioan Fuller 16th 1:07:18
Jack Finlay DNF

2014 Tri Series 

Sam Phillips All Series – Future Tri (under 13) 3rd
Barrie Eccles (M60-64) 2nd

Triathlon News 19th February 2014

19 Feb 2014

This article written by Grant Spiers appeared in the Manawatu Standard on 19th February 2014:


On Sunday 16th The Club held the Manawatu Toyota & TBI Health Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon at the Lido Aquatic Centre. We were lucky in picking a perfect sunny windless day which enticed over 170 Women to enter.  Georgi Van Lienen easily took line honours and is shaping up to follow in Jaimee Leader’s footsteps.

The Club has produced a lot of top athletes over the years from Kris Gemmell, Kieran Doe, Chris Sanson, Sue McMaster and again we have some great athletes coming into form with Jaimee Leader, Elizabeth Stannard, David Martin, Georgi Van Lienan and Sam Phillips.

A lot of these athletes started off doing the summer “Crank It - I tried a Try” Triathlon which the club runs every Monday night at Freyberg High School. Last week we had over 600 kids turn up in windy cold weather and I would expect this Monday’s event to easily beat last year’s record of 700. If you want to get your children into an activity, bring them along to this event – You never know – They may turn out to be World Champions if they stick at it. Two of our top cyclists Simon Van Velthoven & Jessie Sargent started out doing small tris like this and look where they are now.

A lot of club members attend the Tuesday night Super 7 Fun Runs and most of the top 20 places are dominated by Tri Club members. Doing Tris exercises a lot of different body muscles & produces a great aerobic base which over time turns you into an faster runner, cyclist & swimmer.

Saturday morning Triathlon training has re-commenced and we meet at 8.00a.m at the Lido Aquatic Centre on Park Road. Cost is only $5.00 which gives access to the Lido pool & gym. We cater for all types so come along and learn how to swim, bike & run. Dave Scott runs the training sessions.

On the 4th March we start our Higgins Dash & Splash series at the Lido. This is a fun event where you can run or walk 2.5k or 5k followed by a 150m or 250m swim. If you only want to do the run / walk this is also fine. To enter just turn up at the Lido from 5.40pm. Cost is $5.00. Racing starts at 6.15pm.

Jaimee Leader continues to shine and was crowned the Queen of the Blue Lake 2014 having won the Blue Lake Multisport race, even beating her coach Sam Warriner. 
On the 2nd February Jaimee competed in the Oceania mixed relay team at Kinlock which included Dan Hoy, Tayler Reid, Jaimee Leader and Nicole van der Kaay. This talented team took overall line honours.  
On the 9th February Jaimee competed at the Pegasus Tri in Christchurch racing against some of NZ’s top female competitors including Nicky Samuels and managed to get 5th overall in 30.16. Only seconds separated 3rd to 5th place. 

Our next event is the Manawatu Toyota Club Triathlon Club Champs on the 9th March and this race will be used to determine who our Club Champions are for 2014. This event is open to anyone who wants to try a Tri and will be held at Linton Army Camp.

For more information on club events go to or like us on facebook.


La Femme Fun Ride

05 Dec 2013

Bike Manawatu are running an event known as the 'La Femme Fun Ride' on the 15th of February 2014, the day before our Club's Ladies' Only Triathlon. A fun ride just for the ladies starting from the Square in Palmerston North and travelling either 20km or 50km to finish at Memorial Park for a sumptuous brunch.  For more information please check out the Bike Manawatu link here

Jake's race report - World Triathlon Champs 2013

23 Sep 2013

Overseas racing update 23/9/2013, Jake Jackson-Grammer. Jake travelled to Europe to compete in the World Mountain running champs, World Traithlon Champs and two running races in The Netherlands. This is his report from his experiences:

After a reasonable race at World Mountain running champs I was looking forward to the triathlon race, I felt as though I was recovered well and ready to run well. A few days before the triathlon I started to feel very sick so did not train or eat for two days, this meant that I was not feeling up to racing and by race day I was not much better. The reason for my sickness was probably from swimming in the serpentine of which was the venue for the world triathlon champs, the water was not clean and as I am use to swimming in a pool my body was not immune to the serpentine water. I decided to race the triathlon and gain as much experience as possible for years to come even though I would not be able to race competitively. The race started and around 12 minutes later I came into transition from the 750m swim in about mid-field, it was about a 500m run from the swim to bike transition. The swim was not great but I got through it at around 1 minute of my normal pace, the conditions on the bike course were technical with the roads wet and tight corners, this resulted in many crashes. I managed to stay on the bike throughout the 20km and gain a few places while feeling very average, I still enjoyed the amazing atmosphere that was present at Hyde Park. The final leg of the race was the 5km run, this was very slow as I was struggling not to walk, I lost quite a few positions as I ran about 3 minutes slower than normal. In the end I got to the finish line in 58th place out of about 90 athletes. The result not representative of my ability but considering the condition I was in it was probably expected. Overall I enjoyed the race and gained experience of what world triathlon champs is like in terms of competition and learnt what racing at the highest level is like by watching the senior elite’s race. Competing in the race will help me to gain important experience for hopefully racing in the junior elite grade in years to come.

Before returning home to New Zealand I competed in two running races. The first was a 5000m track run that was held in Wageningen in the Netherlands. I raced in the senior A race which consisted of the top runners from the central regions of Holland. This was the last track race on the European calendar, whereas in New Zealand we are just starting our season, I was looking forward to the race as it would be good training to see where my running is at. I did the race in my training flats and finished in a time of just under 16 minutes and finished in 4th place 33 seconds behind the winner, this was pleasing for my first track run and against a quality field, and I also gained some confidence after my disappointment at the triathlon. My final run was also in the Netherlands. The race was called the Dam tot Dam Loop and is the biggest race in Europe with 55,000 runners and 300,000 spectators. The race starts in Amsterdam and finished in Zaandam, it attracts many of the world’s top runners, the run is 10 miles (16 km). I was running for a charity called Right to Play, this meant that I started in wave five and therefore had to weave my way around the masses of runners already in front of me, this made the race tough but still very enjoyable as the atmosphere was unlike any other race I had been to, the support was great and I finished in a time of just under 58 minutes. This meant that I finish in a position of 86th with the winner being from Kenya and setting a world leading time for the distance. Once again it was great to race with a field of international athletes and experience a new level of competition.

Overall the trip was very worthwhile as I gained valuable experience that will be vital to achieve success in my sport in the future years to come. Even though some races did not go to plan I am still happy with how my trip went and am looking forward to competing again next year. Being able to see how people live and where they train was very valuable. I was able to visit and train in eight different countries, compete in five high profile races and train as well as learn from some of the world’s top athletes.


2013 Grassroots Sports awards

20 Sep 2013

I am pleased to advise that our Club scooped the majority of awards at the Grassroots Sports Awards

and we succeeded in winning the SPORTS CLUB OF THE YEAR AWARD
We won the following categories:-
1 Club Event of the Year - I Tried the Tri series 
2 Participation initiative of the Year - I Tried the Tri series
3 Sports Club of the Year - Covers everything we do
We were also successful in nominating Lynne Vautier of Vautier Pharmacy for the Sports partner of the year and Lynne won the award
We were also a finalist for the category - Best Presented Club of the Year

Christene Brown was also a finalist for Sport Volunteer - Behind the Scenes Award.

Duathlon Club Champs 2013 awards

01 Sep 2013

Our award winners for the 2012-13 Winter Duathlon Series are below:


Under 13 Male                                          Under 13 Female

1st Luke Scott – medal                                                1st Tori Bendall – medal

2nd Fergus Washington-Smith


Junior Male

1st Jake Jackson-Grammer – trophy

2nd Jack Finlay


Open Male                                                 Open Female

1st AJ Cornwall – trophy                                               1st Juanita Paterson – trophy

                                                                                           2nd Erin Reid

                                                                                           3rd Katrina Windelborn


Vet Male                                                   Vet Female

1st Geoff Bendall – trophy                                          1st Jo Speary – trophy

2nd Stephen Berg                                                        2nd Wendy Brenkley

3rd Andy Martin                                                             3rd Claire Scott


Most improved junior trophy

Jake Jackson-Grammer


Most outstanding junior trophy

Jaimee Leader 


Luke Scott


Tori Bendall 


Jack Finlay


Geoff Bendall


Andy Martin


Jo Speary


Wendy Brenkley


Claire Scott


AJ Cornwall


Jaimee's younger sister collecting the trophy on her behalf