Luke Gillmer is thrilled to work with talented triathletes like Emily Bennett | Western lawyer

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THE chance to work with “incredible” triathlon talents like Bathurst’s Emily Bennett – an opportunity Luke Gillmer was quick to embrace. With the Western Region Academy of Sport adding a triathlon team to its 2022 programs as part of Triathlon NSW’s larger campaign to be a force in sport, Gillmer has joined the group as a coach. “I think it was about five years ago when they last did a program, they had a really good coach at Orange and what was exciting coming out of that program, a few of those kids have now 18-19 and are really talented under 19 athletes in our state program, “said the veteran triathlete from Bathurst.” So Tri NSW called me at the end of last season and got me said “We really want to start WRAS” and I looked at what was involved. “The good thing is that the WRAS team takes care of everything behind the scenes so that I can work with a bunch of cool kids and try to help them progress in the sport. “It’s too good a program not to get involved, it’s super exciting.” A team of eight athletes has been nominated for the WRAS program and among them is Bennett. His family recently moved to Bathurst and Gillmer can’t wait to see what she does in the next season. “She’s amazing. She’s Australian but they had been living in New Zealand for a few years and she’s a talent in the making, “he said. READ ALSO: Feeney offers top five Super2 shootouts for Mount Panorama READ ALSO: No Limit Boxing Rose brothers to organize Tszyu’s fight against Inoue READ ALSO: Barilaro says participants in community sports must be vaccinated “She’s a fantastic runner at national level, she’s a good swimmer, her mother raced at the Commonwealth Games , her uncle was an Olympian in triathlon, but it’s not about pedigree, she’s just incredibly focused and mentally motivated. the season begins, she will run 800s at a high level. “He’s just a wonderful young talent and I’m delighted to have him on our program for sure.” Gillmer will coach the team members with Rory Thornhill of Orange, a former WRAS athlete who has competed in world class grounds. “Rory Thornhill, he’s 19 and was in the previous show, he’ll be working with me. I’m very lucky to have him because he does all the races so he’s going to be influential,” said Gillmer. “He’s got all the technical skills and understanding, but I can oversee a program and I have different skills, how to handle athletes and safety.” As part of the WRAS triathlon program, team members will compete in the Biligence Pathway Championship Series. It will include races in Orange, Penrith and Canberra. This series features a variety of formats with athletes accumulating series points for their finish position in each race. It is designed to deliver consistent and high quality races to young triathletes and as such allow them to further develop their skills. “The kids are doing this very fast and short race, it’s boys and girls of all ages, it’s really exciting,” said Gillmer. “The program is huge it will help New South Wales to become a truly dominant triathlon state again and to see that reflected in the next decade at the Olympics, it is not just WRAS but the broader programs. academies across the state too. ” Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



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