Steve Hanlon Competing for Australia in the World Duathalon Championships

Congratulations to Head of Mathematics, Stephen Hanlon, who has been selected to represent Australia in the World Duathalon Championships.

In uniform

In uniform

The 2015 International World Duathlon Championships will occur from Wednesday 14 October 2015 until Sunday the 18 October 2015 in Adelaide, South Australia.

The World Duathlon Championships are the highest level of competition that an age group athlete can compete in.

The Duathlon comprises a 5km run followed by a 20km cycle and then a 2.5 km run. Steve will race in the 50-54 age group.

In action

In action

To gain preselection, Steve competed in  several qualifying races around Australia in 2014.  Selection was based on the number of points gained overall. He finished 3rd in the Victorian and Tasmanian qualifying races and 6th at the Nationals in Adelaide on the same course as the Worlds. This gave him enough points to make the team.

There are over 500 athletes competing for Australia at this event in all categories: male, female, elite, age-group, able-bodied and para-athletes.

Steve is very excited about being selected and proud to be wearing the Green and Gold for Australia.

This is the first time Steve has tried out for the team and he says he’d also like the opportunity to compete overseas.

He enjoys the physical challenge and pushing himself to the limits.

Steve says that the hardest thing about the duathlons is trying to run fast when your legs are weary from riding.

He trains every day and sometimes twice a day.

In a week I swim twice totalling 5km, ride five times for 250km and run three times for 25km.

We wish Steve all the very best for the Championships.

 

 

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