North Coast News – Count Down to Busso!

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A 2nd National Title for NCTC Aquaman Rahul!

In early morning hours of Saturday the 6th of April 2019, at Broadwater Parklands in the Gold Coast, a 17 year old swimming and running machine from Western Australia blew away the competition in defending his National Title at Triathlon Australia’s National Aquathlon Championships. In becoming the 19&Under National Champion for the 2nd year running, Rahul Jegatheva of the University of Wester Australia, sets himself up perfectly for the upcoming International Triathlon Union World Aquathlon Championships in Pontevedra, Spain on the 2nd of May 2019. And if he reaches the ultimate prize there, this newly minted 2-time National Champion, will become a 2-time World Champion!

Rahul picked up the gold in the 19&U a minute and a half ahead of New Zealander Callum Hancock, but it was a brilliant battle in the overall, where he was beaten into 2nd by multiple times national surf champion and Pro Ironman, Isak Costello of Queensland. Isak shot out ahead of the pack at the start of the swim, with Rahul working hard in the water to haul him back the pair making a break from the rest of the field. At the end of the swim the gap between 1st and 2nd overall was 1 second. In the first kilometer, Rahul moved ahead of Isak, but the Redhead SLSC star then turned on the afterburners for the rest of the race to cross the line in style.

This 2nd overall finish Rahul was his best ever at a Nationals after finishing 4th overall in 2017 & 2018. Pro triathlete and triathlon coach Harry Jones out of Port Macquarie finished 3rd overall a further 33 second adrift.

An exciting period for Rahul who in the past two weeks has also been named a finalist for the Seven News Young Achiever Awards (WA) in the Sports category.

“I am really lucky to be able to learn from and get inspiration from 3 different sources. My swim coach Eoin Carroll of the Perth City Swim Club, run coach Professor Grant Landers of UWA and the brilliant athletes of the North Coast Triathlon Club where I have honed my Aquathlon techniques as they have a 12 race Aquathlon series over the summer”

National Championships such as this afford world ranking points to the top 5 finishers, and this result should move Rahul into the top 24 overall in the world. With Aquathlon being selected by the Association of Olympic Councils for inclusion in October 2019 at the inaugural World Beach Games at the spiritual home of Triathlon, Mission Beach in San Diego, USA, a strong finish at the World Championships in the overall Elite category will put Rahul in the mix for one of the 24 coveted spots  on the hallowed sands where the sport of Triathlon first came into this world in 1974!

Fantastic achievement Rahul and we look forward to tracking your progress to Spain.

Busselton 70.3

With only four weeks to go it’s time to lock it in! If you haven’t already signed up and want to, do it! Click here

We will be putting a post on Facebook this week to see if there is any interest in people putting teams in, if you’ve got your cycling sorted but haven’t done much else, or only hit the pool this summer, or concentrated on your running? You may want to join up with other members for a bit of fun and get involved! Keep your eyes peeled for the post.

Last count we were top of the leader board for entries, 67 individuals in total. If we can extend that margin a little we should be in a good spot for the “Pimp our tent” competition, WE WANT THIS! Guys think of the spectators!!! This will make it an awesome day, if the spectators are happy all athletes get a pumping cheer squad. Speaking of which, it’s the “Where’s Wally” army heading down so start getting your supporters kit together, red and white striped shirts please!

End of Season Party!!

When: Saturday 29 June
Where: Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club

This is a family friendly event that we hold every year at the end of the WA Triathlon season. We encourage all members to come along and celebrate. Details are yet to be finalised, but please pencil in date in your diaries.

Entertainment Book 2019

It’s that time of year again! If you would like to help with fundraising for the Club please consider purchasing an Entertainment Book.
Price is $70 with $14 going to North Coast Tri Club.
Available for purchase in Digital Format.
Go to  and follow the instructions.
Available has a Hard Copy book.

Contact Eddy Girvan: 0432542110   or  with your order.

These books will be available after the 15th April. Payment can be made when you collect your book. Hard Copy Books can be ordered on the website but will incur a delivery fee.

Waterman’s to the Wall

Remember to register for the best end of season swim in Perth, Waterman’s to the Wall Sunday 28th April 2019. Sorrento Surf Club have generously donated entries as spot prizes throughout the Aquathlon season, so we’d love to see as many North Coast members down supporting this event. For more information click here

North Coast is seeking YOU!

With only 7 weeks to go till Busselton 70.3, and another 8 till the official end of the 2018-2019 triathlon season, the Board is looking ahead to next season. We need YOU! There is going to be a few Board members stepping down and we will need new clubbies to step in. There will be 4 elected positions available at our AGM early July, and another 3 appointed positions available if required. We are seeking Board members with an interest in any of the following areas:

Treasurer – Prepares the monthly accounts in Zero; – Banking (make payments in the clubs CBA account); – Prepare yearly accounts;

Events Coordinator – Coordinate Aquathlons, Lancelin Ride and be the Focal Point for the Race Director – Coordinate Trailer at events.

Coaching Liaison – Focal point for coaches – Keep the training calendar up to date – Coordinate any specific training programs – Develop and coordinate any training/coaching related initiatives.

Sponsorship Coordinator – Focal point for Sponsors – Coordinates merchandise and clothing – Coordinates fundraising.

Social & Membership Co-ordinator – Focal point for new members – Coordinate social events: Season Opener, Season Wrap up, AGM.

This is a Volunteer organisation and in order for us to continue running this great Club, we need an active membership. Please have a chat with any of the current Board members if you may be interested in joining us next season!

Brick Session

Please check Facebook for day and location of this week’s Brick.

Attending athletes will require a wind trainer, a bike (road or TT), running shoes, head torch and fluids etc. The session will wrap at 6.50am on the dot. Be early to set up so that the session can start on time.

Swim Training Sessions

Monday Swim Session; Technique

Craigie 50m pool 7.00pm – 8.00pm. The focus is technique with the ability to still get some distance for those who want it. Great for a recovery swim and we strongly encourage all members to make the most of the session as it will cater for all abilities. Pippa Davis is the coach and will be taking this session.

Wednesday Night; Speed and endurance

Craigie 50m pool 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Outdoor swim with Janine Kaye will be continuing as a tempo session, focused on pace awareness and building speed and endurance. Tempo trainers (beepers) are utilised but are optional!
All pool swim sessions are $10 or less with a Training Card plus pool entry.

Friday Morning

Sorrento Surf Club OWS ****EASTER TIME CHANGE*****. Meet 6.50am for welcome and briefing at grass area in front of the Surf Life Saving Club for 7am start in the water. Special Easter OWS fun, Bill has promised to tailor the session to the Weather conditions and throw an Easter surprise in too. The session will consist of a structured workout for all abilities with emphasis on safety first.

Please note NCTC coached OWS sessions are for members only. No training card or cash required on the day.

Run Training Sessions

Tuesday Run; Tempo Session

Venue: Flinders Reserve, Broadbeach Boulevard, Hillarys.
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $5 or less with a Training Card purchased through Register Now or Direct Deposit.  See below for details.
Details:  Tempo runs help you develop your anaerobic or lactate threshold (LT), which is critical for running faster. Tuesday Tempo will be longer paced efforts and the perfect complement to the Thursday night interval sessions.

This session is suitable for all levels.

Thursday Run; Interval Training

Venue: Flinders Reserve, Broadbeach Boulevard, Hillarys.
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: $5 or less with a Training Card purchased through Register Now or Direct Deposit, see below for details.
Details: This session is suitable for all levels. For details see the Run Training section.

Sunday Run; Coastal Long Run

***CANCELLED**** for this week due to the Easter Break.

However a small contingent of North Coasters are doing the “Underground” Easter Half Marathon, 7am Monday, 22nd April – Neil Hawkins Park Joondalup. More information and link on the Group Facebook Page.

Cycling Training Sessions

Tuesday Ride; Iluka Loops

Venue: Meet at Celebrations Whitfords
Time: 5:45am – 7:00am
Details: This is the regular Tuesday morning club ride. There are three ride plans catering for all speeds of riders: Group 1 – plus 32km/hr, Group 2 – plus 28km/hr, Group 3 less 28km/hr.  This is a high-intensity training session with a mix of fast, flat sections plus 3-7 hills and dedicated recovery points.  The ride is suitable for all levels, see WEBSITE for more information.

Thursday Ride; Hepburn Loop

Venue: Meet at Celebrations Whitfords
Time: 5:45am– 7:00am

The Hepburn Loops ride is based on laps around a 10km circuit in Hillarys. We start at Whitfords Shops (outside Celebrations) and take Whitfords Ave to Hepburn Ave, then back to Whitfords along Marmion Ave – we turn left into Banks Ave down to the roundabout and head past Bunnings and back onto Whitfords Ave – thus completing 1 loop/circuit. We ride as a bunch and try to do 3-4 loops (riders can peel off at any time as suit their needs). Ideally, the first loop is done at any easy pace and then we build the pace for each lap – the aim is to keep the pace consistent throughout the whole lap – no surging, no sprint efforts. The final lap is your fastest effort but steady the whole way. Great training for everyone.

Saturday Long Ride

Due to the Easter Break, we encourage members to self organise their long ride.