Coffs committee representatives Michael Dougherty and Vicki Tillot accept the coveted trophy.
Coffs committee representatives Michael Dougherty and Vicki Tillot accept the coveted trophy.

Coffs Triathlon Club collect coveted trophy for eighth time

THE winning streak continues for Coffs Harbour Triathlon Club by being named NSW Country Club of the Year for the eighth time at the NSW Triathlon Championships.

Over 100 CHTC members made the trek to Forster for this year's championships to meet up with more than 2000 triathletes from around the state participating in the much-anticipated event.

Coffs members displayed skills as competitors, volunteers on the course, cheerleaders or simply as organisers of the trip.

"Our competitors performed well across all categories with some stepping up to the distance of 1km swim, 30km cycle, 8km run for the first time," publicist Pim Heaney said.

"Rising star Isaiah Koopmans showed some of the older hands how it was done and was the first of our members across the line in 1:41:38."

Lyndal Green in turn showed the younger competitors that age is no barrier by crossing the line as the first female club member when taking out her 45-49 female division in a sizzling time of 1:50:05.

Veteran triathlete Phil Benoit came second in his age 60-54 male category and put in times that put younger athletes to shame.

"It was the overall participation of competitors and volunteers that contributed to our taking out the title of Country champions," Pim said.

"The club came fifth overall, only beaten by some of the city clubs with big numbers such as Cronulla, Warringah, Hills and Balmoral."

The NSW Club Championships mark the end of the 2014-15 season.

New members are welcome to join and participate in the growing sport of triathlon.

Go to www.coffstri.com for more details or to contact the club.



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