World Medal for Daniel!

September 18, 2017 at 12:25 PM

Saint Kentigern College Triathlon Captain, Daniel Whitburn, has won a gold medal in the 18-19 age-group at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championship, held yesterday in Rotterdam, Holland! Triathletes from all corners of the globe converged on Rotterdam for the finale of the 2017 world triathlon season where Daniel raced in ahead of his nearest rival from the USA. With the air temperature at 11C and the water a ‘balmy’ 16C, competitors needed resilience! 

Daniel has continued his run of good form from last summer when he won the prestigious Erin Baker Trophy awarded to an athlete who completes the four iconic Taupo annual events that includes the ‘across Lake Taupo’ swim. His out-right win in the Olympic distance event of 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run, the same distances he contested in Rotterdam, qualified him for the World Championship. With the target set, Daniel began training in earnest for the event; training that has paid dividends! 

Daniel also won the Auckland Schools Championship in February and claimed a top finish in the National Championship in March. The College's triathlon community is immensely proud of Daniel's emergence internationally to claim the title of World Age-Group Champion. Well done!

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