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April 14, 2011
By Simon Gladman
LSATA Andrew Wilkinson has come
a long way since finishing last and
10 minutes behind the field when he
made his triathlon debut on a 12-speed
Malvern Star bike two decades ago.
Now at 32, the aircraft technician
from HMAS Albatross is not only using
the best equipment but is also finishing
far ahead of the rest as his fitness and
form peak ahead of a tilt for medals at two
international triathlon competitions.
In an ominous sign, LSATA Wilkinson
recently posted impressive results in
preparation for the Arafura Games in
the Northern Territory in May and the
International Triathlon Union World
Championships in New Zealand next year.
He is well placed for a strong Arafura
campaign after winning the men's section
of the Australian Defence Sports Triathlon
Association's (ADSTA) inaugural Long
Course Triathlon Championship.
LSATA Wilkinson finished the 2km
swim, 83km bike ride and 20km run more
than 15 minutes ahead of his nearest rival
with a time of 4 hours, 9 minutes and 36
The event was held in conjunction with
the elite Australian Long Course Triathlon
Championships, in which he placed 12th in
the open male section and 58th overall.
On the same weekend in March, he
also claimed the gold medal for ADSTA in
the Sprint Triathlon Championship, which
comprised a 750-metre swim, 20km bike
ride and 5km run.
"This is the quickest I've been going
and hopefully I can build up to the World
Championships next year," he said.
"I've got a few weeks to
prepare for the Arafura Games.
Barring injury, I should be on
track to do a good time.
"My aim is for a top-three
placing. It will be over Olympic
distance (1.5km swim, 40km
bike ride and 10km run). I feel
more comfortable at that dis-
tance. It suits my racing style
LSATA Wilkinson expected
to qualify for the Arafura Games
at the ADSTA Olympic Distance
Championship in Sydney held
on April 10, after Navy News
went to print. He also had the chance to
win the ADSTA Triple Crown if he made
a clean sweep in all distances.
He is confident of improving on his
previous best result (10th overall) at the
Arafura Games, despite increasing com-
"Two years ago the field was relatively
strong, and I dare say it will be a strong
field this year," he said.
"The triathlon event has been increas-
ing in competition over the last few
years because there are a lot more people
getting motivated to do it."
His dream of winning a medal at inter-
national events drives him through his
hectic training schedule.
"The goal of getting a medal at
Arafura and the World Championship
motivates me. I'm not saying I'm that
close to achieving it, but I just have to
train hard enough and hopefully it will fall
into place," he said.
NAVY has skittled its opponents
in the NSW ADF Tenpin Bowling
Inter-Service Championship to
remain on target for success in the
LS Tyron Lawless and LCDR
Steve Reynolds from HMAS
Darwin captured fifth and sixth
place in the state titles to book
berths in the NSW tri-service team
to contest the nationals in Brisbane
After nine frames, LS Lawless
scored a total of 1684, for an
average of 187.11, while LCDR
Reynolds scored a total of 1657, for
an average of 184.11.
AB Jamie Martin of HMAS
Tobruk placed 14th with a total score
of 1397 and has been included in the
NSW team as a reserve.
Navy Tenpin Bowling
Association president LCDR
Reynolds said it was a good result
for Navy that all three competitors
made the state team.
He said thrashing 12 other Army,
Air Force and APS competitors was
a good sign ahead of the nationals.
For more information about joining the
Navy Ten Pin Bowling Association, con-
tact LCDR Reynolds at steven.reyn-
Triathlete set to take on world
Bowlers strike spots in state team
REACHING HIS PEAK: LSATA Andrew Wilkinson sets out for the swim leg of a pro-tour triathlon in
Bateman's Bay, NSW, in early April.
Photos: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
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