What’s been happening with Hannah Knighton
Over the past few months I have been staying with my grandparents in Papamoa to train with the Tauranga Tri Academy under Chris and Andrew. I have had a very productive summer, getting lots of quality training in and am pretty happy with how my season is going.
In December, I placed 2nd overall in the Future ChampioNZ event. This was a really fun event with all of the Central North Island team staying together. I was slightly disappointed with my performance but it gave me motivation to train hard over the next month.
At the end of January I travelled with around 20 other Triathletes from the Central North Island region to the Blue Lake Multisport Festival in Rotorua. We had a few days training there beforehand which was heaps of fun and led us into the event which took place over 2 days with a run/swim and open water swim on the first day and a sprint distance triathlon the day after. I was pleased with my races winning the triathlon, and the ‘Queen of the Lake’ title which is determined by the accumulated time from all three events.
The following week I headed over to Adelaide to compete in the Australia Junior Series in Glenelg and the Oceania Mixed Team Relay Championships. I was very happy my race in the Junior Series as I tried some new tactics on the bike which contributed to me having my quickest run of the season. The following day I was a member of a New Zealand Tag Team in the Oceania Relay Championships. Our team placed 4th, which we were pretty stoked with as we were all juniors and we were competing in the elite race. I really enjoy this kind of racing because it is so fast and furious (and painful)! I’ve attached a couple of photos from this event.
Over the past weekend, I competed at Kinloch in the National Sprint Championships. I love the course at Kinloch, the cycle is quite hilly which I really enjoy and the weather was a bit wet which made it interesting! My goal for this race was to just have fun, which I did! I was happy to back up the past 2 weekends of racing and be the first female overall, as well as win my age group title.
I’m now looking forward to another solid block of training before my final race of the New Zealand season, which is the Junior Elite Oceania Championships, in New Plymouth, which also doubles as our qualifying race of the World Junior Elite Triathlon Championships (Gold Coast, September).
I would like to say a massive thank you to Triathlon Tauranga for supporting us to get over to Adelaide. The trip was a valuable experience and is a great lead in to the rest of my season. I would also like to thank Chris Willett for co-ordinating the whole trip and looking after us while over the ditch.
Thanks again, we really appreciated the clubs support when we were away!