Vegan Triathlete Claims Continental Title

 

Charm McShane Triumphs in Oceania Triathlon Sprint

The first part of May saw the 2024 Oceania Triathlon Super-Sprint Championships held on the Gold Coast, producing phenomenal results.

The sprint distance race put intense pressure on the Australia-based athlete

Charm McShane, one of the elite contenders at the Oceania Triathlon, competed in the demanding 750m swim, 20km cycle, and 5km run sprint triathlon.

With last year’s winner and previous podium finishers returning, the race was set for fierce competition. In a thrilling finish, Charm clinched the victory to become the Oceania champion.

“Winning a race is always special,” she said. “Grabbing the tape and holding it up means a lot, especially now compared to when I was younger.”

Known for her prowess in longer triathlons, Charm is a U23 World Champion and a two-time Commonwealth Games competitor. As a dedicated long-term vegan, she added, “Being vegan is the right choice for me. If my success can inspire others, that’s fantastic.”

Super Sprint Format Tests Versatility

The super sprint format tested athletes’ versatility and adaptability through multiple racing rounds. The fast-paced nature required strategic pacing, technical proficiency in transitions, and quick recovery between races.

In the women’s race, Charlotte McShane and Emma Jeffcoat battled in a sprint finish, with McShane ultimately clinching the victory. Sian Munks secured the bronze, completing an all-Australian podium. The men’s race saw Jayden Schofield narrowly defeat his twin brother, Luke Schofield, with Brayden Mercer claiming bronze.

Athlete Quotes

Charlotte McShane expressed her appreciation for the win, stating, “Wins don’t come around that often, not anymore anyway. Anytime you have the chance to win a race, it’s super nice. Being able to grab the tape and hold it up is special, so I definitely appreciate it a lot more than I might have done when I was a little bit younger.” She also highlighted the importance of the event as a “really good, hard hit-out” ahead of her upcoming race at the World Triathlon Championship Series in Yokohama, where a top-eight finish would secure her maiden Olympic Games selection.

Jayden Schofield shared his delight in winning at the Gold Coast Performance Centre, a venue he had raced at for years as a junior. He expressed his love for the super sprint format, which plays to his strengths. Schofield also acknowledged the significance of sharing the podium with his twin brother Luke, describing him as a “phenomenal athlete” and emphasizing the challenge of digging deeper than him in competition.

About Charm McShane: born in Scotland and representing Australia, discovered her passion for triathlon at age 11 after watching her father compete in the Kona Ironman. Her impressive achievements include winning the ITU U23 World Championships, competing twice in the Commonwealth Games, and earning a silver medal at the European Cup.

 

Sources about the race: https://www.trizone.com.au/




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