Kyle Smith: Triathlon
January 2013 update
Happy New Year everyone! I am very pleased to have been selected for the 2013 Team Taupo Scholarship programme for the second year, thank you to all those people who made this possible for me.
My 2012/13 season has got off to a flying start:
3rd place overall - Huka Cruiser 35km mountain bike race at Taupo Cycle Challenge-24th November 2012.
2nd place overall and winner of my age group- Tri NZ’s sanctioned Tin Man Triathlon- 2nd December 2012.
2nd Place overall and winner of my age group- Tri NZ’s/Contact Energy’s National Triathlon series at Rotorua – 15th December 2012.
4th Place and second in my age group – Tri NZ’s/ Contact Energy’s National Triathlon Series at Whangamata – 3rd Jan 2013.
What next: I travel to South Island to compete at the 3rd and 4th round of the National Triathlon Series which will be held at Christchurch on 13th Jan and Wanaka on the 18th Jan, I then travel back to compete at Kinloch on Saturday 2nd Feb for the 5th Round of the national series, where I will be aiming to qualify for the 2013 World Triathlon Championships to be held in London in September 2013.
I have also been selected to attend the Triathlon New Zealand Youth Olympic Games training camp in April which will be an amazing experience for me and hopefully I will then be selected for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games as New Zealand’s representative- fingers crossed for that as only one male and one female will be selected for NZ!
Special thank you to: Taupo Sports Advisory Council for helping to fund my trip to South Island for the Christchurch and Wanaka events and also to Team Taupo for my 2012 end of season training grant, which enabled me to buy a Blue Seventy Helix Wetsuit and Asics for my superb running shoes.
I think 2013 is going to be a superb year for me!
Also thank you kindly: Chris, Cindy and Cameron Smith, Jonty and Tam Garlick, Ian Fulwood, Mark Sinclair, The Cooper Family Trust, Cam Durno, AC Baths Fitness suite and Taupo Advisory Council.
Thank you all,
Auckland bound for Nicole and Kyle
Nicole Van De Kaay and Kyle Smith will be representing Taupo Nui-a-Tia College when they compete at The National Secondary School Cross Country Championships at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland at the weekend.
Following their highly successful triathlon season sixteen year old Nicole and fourteen year old Kyle have now demonstrated their strength at regional level Cross Country running, with second places in their respective classes at the Bay of Plenty XC championships and then they repeated this performances with second places at The Waikato/Bay of Plenty XC Championships in Hamilton last week.
Nicole and Kyle are pupils at Taupo Nui-a-Tia College, they are also members of Team Taupo Sport Scholarship programme, which is kindly supported by Youthtown, More FM, Taupo Times, they are both sponsored by Asics sport shoes and members of the High performance programme at Nui College.
I started off on a very positive note at the beginning of March when I competed at the Mid Island
Athletics championships in Tokaroa, I won both the 1500metres and 3000metre events. In the
3000m I set a new record for the Mid Island championships, which enabled me to qualify for the
North Island Championships, to be held on Saturday 31st March at Tauranga.
I then competed at the Waikato triathlon championships at Lake Karapiro, I was in the U19 year old
class, racing with NZ elite athletes such as Kieran Coates and Tom Maclughlin. I exited the water with
Kieran and Tom, I managed to keep with them on the bike and we all came into transition side by
side. The commentary was electricfying with much disbelif that I was in the mix with much older and
highly talented athletes, Kieran shouted to me in transisition to stay with Tom on the run as we all
ran out together, apparently if Tom gets a lead he just pulls away, Kieran ran Tom down and I
managed to stay with Kieran and run past Tom, the finish was awesome, Kieran and me sprinting for
the finish however Kieran’s strength and experience showed with approximately 50m to go I ran out
of legs, but finished a very creditable 2nd place overall and won the U16’s class. I was praised at the
prize giving for my tremendous efforts and was awared the athlete of the day award.
I had the priveledge to run an Ironman leg of the run course with Chris Horrocks from Asics on
Saturday 10th March when Chris completed the entire Ironman course alone, as the Ironman was
cancelled a week earlier- an awesome achievement Chris, truely mind over body!!
I am now looking forward to the National School’s Triathlon Championships on Thursday 29th March
at Lake Karapiro. I will be in the U16’s class so hoping for a podium finish but I know and appreciate
I will be up against some stiff national competition, I am competing a year up this year- fingers
crossed all will go well.
On Saturday 31st March I then go to the North Island athletic championships to run in the 3000m
class, which I am also looking forward to but know these two competitions are very close togther
being only two days apart- oh well it never rains it pours!!!
I am so looking forward to running in my new Asics Gel-Hyperspeed trainers this week, thank you
Asics and Team Taupo for these shoes.
Thank you everyone for your on-going support, I hope you enjoy reading my monthly update.
Just a quick update from my Takapuna triathlon race this weekend.
Takapuna was my final 2011/12 Contact Energy triathlon series race, I have had an incredible season so far.
Two weeks ago I was crowned the under 15 years of age National Sprint Triathlon champion at Kinloch and I have also achieved 3 out of 3 race wins in my age group at the other three Contact Energy triathlon events I have competed at this season.
At Takapuna I was in the under 40 yrs sprint class with over 80 male competitors. I was 3rd out of the water, 2nd out of transition onto his bike, 1st in from the cycle leg and 1st out onto the run course. Sadly I couldn't hold the lead in the run and came home in 5th place overall in the under 40 years of age class, which was still a great result.
I have attached an image of me leading the cycle leg into transition at Takapuna.
This race was my first draft legal major comp, which was a great experience and a big learning curve, I had the TV cameras followed me through transition after the cycle leg which was something I have never experienced before!!!
I also had the opportunity to meet the Asics team at Takapuna, they were great to talk to and I also meet Michael and Rachel Lilley, who both work for Asics on Saturday after the Lake relay at Huka Falls Resort in Taupo, I had my Team Taupo gear with Asics logo on, which all the Asics team said was very smart!!!
So after competing and being in the bronze medal winning Smith Sport Shoe's Elite run team on Saturday and Takapuna on Sunday I have had a wonderful and successful weekend.
Thank you everyone for your support.