St Paul’s was represented by three students at the NZ Schools' Triathlon Championship event held in New Plymouth on Friday, 29 March.
Those students were: Toby Finlayson, Isaac Reay and Oliver Larcombe, who were all competing in the U16 individual triathlon. The race consisted of a 300 metre sea swim, a 10km bike leg and a 3km run. Toby and Isaac, competing for the first time in this age group, performed very creditably finishing in the middle of their field. While Oliver, competing for the second time in this age group, had an amazing race. He was second out of the water and then rode in the lead bunch of four riders during the bike leg. Going into the run leg, the group had been reduced to three athletes. Half-way through the run, Oliver opened up a lead of about 30 metres, which he was able to hold until the finish line and therefore win the gold medal for boys U16 National Triathlon Championship.