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Article from today's Advocate:


Pearson named our top athlete


MORE THAN 100 sports star nominees, friends, family and sponsors packed the River Arms at Ulverstone to celebrate the Coast's ample sporting talent - and to hear Richmond coach and Devonport boy Jade Rawlings speak.

Rawlings delved into the world of sporting talent the North-West has produced and discussed the pathways the Coast provides for talented youngsters to do well at the highest level.

As well as Rawlings, local football legend Max Brown kept the crowd entertained as the night's MC.

Triathlete Amelia Pearson, who was selected as The Advocate-Motors Sports Star of the Year by all three judges - The Advocate's Danny Clark and Chloe Hope, and 1979 Sports Star winner and chief selector Bev Hite - had an outstanding season of competition.

Pearson made it all the way to number two in the ITU world long distance rankings on the back of a solid season of competition.

On top of that, Pearson won the Tasmanian title undefeated and was named Tasmanian Triathlete of the Year for the sixth time in a row.

Pearson had a strong 11th place at the 2009 ITU Asian Long Distance Championships in June and placed third at the ITU Oceania Championships in NSW in February.

She was selected in the Australian team that will compete in the world long course championships in Perth in October after winning a bronze medal in the Australian and Oceania championship earlier this year.

The Advocate's general manager, Rod Tremayne, said The Advocate enjoyed promoting the talented sportspeople on the Coast.

"The Advocate newspaper has a strong involvement in Coastal sport through locally focused editorial coverage and substantial sponsorship to a wide variety of clubs, leagues and associations," Mr Tremayne said.

"These awards recognise their excellence and encourage broader participation within our sporting community."


Look out Calgary!!

The past 2 weeks have flown by and it's hard to believe it's almost time to leave Penticton again,and that I won't be back - for a while anyway!
After Vineman my Dad and I enjoyed a couple of days being tourists in San Francisco. Despite a huge change from the glorious Santa Rosa weather was great fun. We then travelled back to Penticton to finish my post race recovery and prepare for Calgary 70.3. The weather has been HOT and I've been tired but things are going well. I'm looking forward to racing again and seeing how fast I can go!!


I had a great race and finished 6th in 4hr30.10

It was a non wetsuit swim so I opted to wear my 2XU "fast" suit which feels awesome in the water, and despite the slow time (29 minutes) I felt like I was swimming well. I swam along side Gina Kerr for most of the 1.9km swim and despite going slightly off course on the return journey we came out rounding out the top 10 - the leaders Pip Taylor and Joanne Zieger were about 3 minutes up the road. Onto the bike I put the hammer down. It was a course mixed with flat sections and undulating sections. I've been working hard on the bike the last few weeks so I really wanted to have a good ride today. I passed a few girls during the first half of the course and Tyler Stewart came past me around the 2 hour mark of the race so I got off the bike in 6th place having riden the 90km in 2hrs28. I found the run pretty tough, it was hot even at 9.30am and there were a few hills involved, however, I still felt my 1hr30 split was a good run. Linsey Corben came past me shortly before the run turn around and a little while later I went past Zieger who was on the side of the course looking a little worse for wear. I therefore remained in 6th place as I crossed the finish line.

My Homestay in Santa Rosa were absolutely fantastic. A big thanks to Lisa, Mark, Stuart and Nate who looked after Dad and I so well. We had an amazing weekend in a beautiful part of the world!!


It's now less than 2 weeks until the Vineman 70.3. Training in Pentiction has been going exceptionally well. I haven't been on the same bike or run route yet (except for running 1500s at the track) which has kept things interesting and I have seen some amazing scenery. The weather has been outstanding getting into the 30s for the past few days. A thunderstorm earlier today has cooled things off a bit today but the blue skies are back now so I can't complain!