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Hayley Bateup moves to triathlon

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no shock really, she hasnt been competitive for a couple of yrs due to a shoulder injury caused by the ski.

 

word is Jordie Mercer is on the wat to Tri as well.

 

Reckon the Surf Iron Man series will be goooooone unless oneHD decide not to charge them to show it this yr like they have been for the last two

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Will win age group with ease

 

Not so sure about that.

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They should give her a free entry to Kona to help raise the international profile of the sport.

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I hope I can get out of the water in front of her. That is a wheel I wouldn't mind sitting on. !

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Will win age group with ease

 

Totally, but I would've thought she would be lining up with the pros. Perhaps one or two smaller races to get the taste. Watch out ladies, this girl is tough as nails. Looking forward to seeing how she goes :)

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Following in the footsteps of Caine Eckstein.

 

http://www.dailytele...r-1226629191492

 

 

you must be a week behind me in hearing "the latest" on Caine then

 

ps two simple grammar/spelling errors in that article , I would have thought journalists/editors of major newspapers were better ....

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They should give her a free entry to Kona to help raise the international profile of the sport.

 

 

do you really think that ?

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I think the only surf ironman/women that could of had a crack at Triathlon would have been Kim Tunnell she was at the era of lorreta and co when they started working out how to beat Emma and Mj etc they flog em in the swim stayed away on the bike and held on in the run Kim fitted into that mould perfectley but she could run.I saw her beat Mj in a biathlon one year out swam her by a minute or so and than out ran her ,Brad being her boyfriend at the time shorley she could have picked up the bike riding enough to be in the mix for a few wins but i guess she was a clubby deep down....

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Jordie Mercer could be very good at Triathlon I think

Bateup has probably left it a bit late

 

The SLSA movement started loosing their sporting relevance a long time ago- they have failed to evolve the format of competition and appeal to other than anglo people who live near the coast. They are still rowing boats designed in 1900 and having races with belts and reels ffs! They race standardised solo craft that are absolutely useless for the recreational enthusiasts- skis that dont turn on waves/too narrow for 99% of people/heavy and boards that are flat things that you cant stand up on and barely turn . Even at National level half the chicks struggle with an SLSC spec ski- where's the aspirational dimension to that for a teenage girl watching at home> 13 kg of ski getting smashed into a bank > doesnt look fun= you've lost your audience

 

The economic fact is that most large councils have gradually moved to full time paid guards and the average volley is an overweight middle age guy who can barely get through the proficiency swimming breastroke. The volleys are not what they used to be- even when I was active in a surf club 15 years ago the average member usefulness in perfoming rescues was dubious- it always came down to the same small group of guys who had to get it done -the rest were there to play with radios and fill in time while their kids went to nippers- they did sfa for beach safety- half the time surfers would end up doing rescues on the bigger days if there werent any of us younger guys who could drive the boat in the big stuff around. As the baby boomers shuffle off I wonder if you'll see the structure of surf clubs go more commercial/ gradually lessen the volunteer aspect> QLD is way ahead of the others in that respect

 

None of that change the TV problem Unless SLSA change their competition equipment and formats they are completely irrelevant to mainstream TV audience. Ski racing had to do it> they thought up ski cross/ dual slalom /freestyle etc . Bike racing had to do it> MTB/Freestyle etc. Lifesaving is about 90 years behind

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Will win age group with ease

 

Perhaps you should give the age group girls a little credit Steno.

 

There are some pretty dedicated talented athletes in the age group ranks.

 

Good chance she has never done any bike training before except maybe as cross training when she has been injured. It's a big call IMO and a little demeaning to the top age groupers going around.

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No reason why she wouldn't do well. I doubt her aspirations would be anything more than being a top age grouper.

 

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So there is a competition for people the same age as pros called age group that has dedicated fast athletes in it ??? Why are they not pros ?

If she is not trying to win the race overall then it is not a switch to triathlon, it is an attempt to do another sport for fun.

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because WTC will take a resume in lieu of a National Body Accreditation> ie Lance had the track record not just in cycling but also in Triathlon

 

if WTC wanted to grant Bateup pro status also they could but given she's never actually raced a triathlon (Lance had raced many) thats a bit premature dont you think?

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