Each year at Westlake a dedicated squad of swimmers, runners and cyclists come together to form the Multisport Squad. The schools triathlon season begins in February with the Auckland Schools Aquathlon. This involves a swim and a run of varying distances depending on age (Juniors 400m swim & 4km run, Intermediate 500m swim & 4km run, senior 750m swim & 6km run).
In March it is the turn of the multi talented triathletes as they compete in the Auckland Schools Triathlon (juniors 400m swim, 10km bike, 4km run, Intermediate 500m swim, 15km bike, 4km run senior 750m swim, 20km bike, 6km run). In 2013 Dan Hoy finished 1st and Matthew Roets finished 5th in the Intermediate boys race. In the senior boys race Will Jackson finished a very creditable 11th.
In 2013 the National Schools Triathlon was held in Christchurch. In the intermediate race Dan Hoy was narrowly beaten in to 2nd place although with another year to compete in this age group Dan will be a firm favorite for victory in 2014. Nicolo Oporto put in a great performance finishing 19th and Matthew Roets in 30th. In the National Team Triathlon Westlake boys (Shaun Bowyer- swim, Matthew Roets- bike, Dan Hoy-run) finished 3rd in the intermediate age group.
It is the Team Tag Triathlons that provide a great deal of enjoyment and where Westlake really shows its dominance as a school. Specialist swimmers, cyclists and runners join forces to compete as a team. In the Auckland Schools Championship Westlake competed well in all age groups. The junior team of Jason Churches- swim, Harry Forbes- Bike and Oscar England- run, finishing 7th. The intermediate team of Oliver Wu- swim, Matthew Roets- bike and Finn Mason- run, finishing 2nd with the other intermediate Westlake teams finishing 8th and 14th and the senior team of Hunter Amende- swim, Scott Jarrold- bike and Troy Lonergan- run, finishing 2nd with the other senior Westlake team 6th. The best overall results of any other teams in Auckland.
The season finishes out of the water with the Auckland Schools Duathlon in May and the National Schools Duathlon in August in Taupo. Again Dan Hoy will be a firm favorite for gold in both of these events.
In September 2013 we wish Matthew Roets well when he competes for New Zealand in the U19 age group world triathlon championships in London.
Most of the boys who compete in the multi sports events begin as members of the schools running and cycling teams. This is a great way to train. Many of the swimmers train and compete out of school with their respective clubs. Some of our dedicated triathletes have their own personal training programs made for them on an individual basis and like many individual athletes, complete most of their training on their own which requires a huge amount of self-determination and commitment. Being part of the multi sport squad is a great way to try something new, meet other like-minded athletes and push yourself to a new level.
Teacher in charge: Mr J Saville