WINNING: Romy Wolstencroft, 17, crosses the line first at the Round 3 of the Queensland tri Series Kawana yesterday morning.
WINNING: Romy Wolstencroft, 17, crosses the line first at the Round 3 of the Queensland tri Series Kawana yesterday morning. Leanne Handreck

Coast teenager 'knows how to hurt'

TRIATHLON: Pain is Sunshine Coast teenager Romy Wolstencroft's friend.

After winning yesterday's female race at Round 3 of the Queensland Triathlon Series at Kawana, both Romy and her coach said she enjoyed pushing herself to the limit.

But the Year 11 student at Matthew Flinders Anglican College is adamant that schoolwork, and some all-important end of year exams, must come first.

"Training comes second,” she said.

"I back off training when exam time comes around.”

Wolstencroft put in the strongest swim leg of her young career to be just 40sec off the leader heading into the bike leg.

Riding on her first race bike, which she received just a couple of weeks ago, she fell back to be more than a minute behind coming into the run.

But she re-gathered and powered over the top of her rivals to claim a well-deserved win on home soil.

Toby Coote mentors Wolstencroft out of Sunshine Coast Tri Academy.

He also guides Jake Hynes, who finished second in the open men's race behind Aquathlon/Triathlon double winner, Nicholas Free.

Coote said the run was Wolstencroft's strongest leg, before declaring the strongest part about the person was her "ticker”.

"She knows how to hurt herself,” he said.

"Her head is in a good spot and she has supportive parents.”

Wolstencroft bounced back from a failed attempt at the all-schools event earlier this month, when a punctured tyre dashed the race favourite's hopes of winning.

In two weeks she will have her first crack at an Olympic distance triathlon at Kingscliff. The club also had Ryan Marsh, Kayleigh Foster and Kaya Schults fill minor placings in junior races.


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