Sullivan-wins-his-first-triathlonWonthaggi’s own Matt Sullivan won his first triathlon at Inverloch on Sunday in tough conditions. G294914

WONTHAGGI’S Matt Sullivan took out the Anderson Inlet Triathlon crown on Sunday morning, beating a determined field of experienced athletes, including several notable competitors from Melbourne.
The 20 year-old blitzed the competition, crossing the finish line almost three full minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
It was the first triathlon victory for Sullivan, who strengthened his training regime this past year after signing up to receive coaching from Pascoe Vale-based training specialists Elite Triathlon Performance Australia (ETPA).
Speaking to the Sentinel-Times after Sunday morning’s gruelling contest, Sullivan said he felt confident from the beginning of the race.
“I finished third (overall) in last year’s race, so I thought I had a good chance,” he said.
“My running has really improved this year but I was still probably strongest on the bike.”
Sullivan recorded the quickest times across all three sections of the race – a 500m swim, 25km ride and 5km run – and kept his transitions to 36 seconds or under.
An engineering student at Melbourne University, Sullivan now has his sights set on conquering the next two triathlons in the Bass Coast Barracudas’ summer series, with the next event scheduled on the first weekend of 2015 at Cape Paterson.
He’s also gearing up for the Gatorade Supersprint series of events around Melbourne this summer.
Only 28 athletes were at the starting line for the triathlon, largely due to the weather.
Race director Deb Rielly said the trying conditions, which included consistent rain for the duration of the race and a strong headwind for the cycling portion, made it one of the most difficult local triathlons in years.
“Everyone’s in great spirits, though,” she added.
“We’ve even got a few beginners having a go, which is great to see.”
Kylie Westthorp from Officer was one such entrant tackling a triathlon for the first time, and she was thrilled to be the first female across the line.
Local swimming instructor Jenny Merrick also did exceptionally well as the only competitor over the age of 60.
She finished just three minutes behind Westthorp.


Mens 18-24: Matt Sullivan, 01:08:55; Jack Murphy, 01:14:42; Jake Darling, 01:29:12.
Mens 25-29: Luke Metsellar, 01:25:03
Mens 30-34: Nathan Dunlop, 01:14:25; Shane Hemming, 01:38:15
Mens 35-39: Adam Williams, 01:11:53; Anthony Mitchell, 01:13:38
Mens 40-44: Paul Taylor, 01:11:53; Cameron Brown, 01:18:46; Andrew Hills, 01:21:09
Mens 45-49: David Lucid, 01:22:10; Joe Brooks 01:27:17; Anthony Sheedy, 01:33:41
Mens 55-59: Brian Martin, 01:21:36; Rick Whitehouse, 01:31:28; Peter Cook, 01:33:41
Mens 16-17: Harrison Mclean, 01:22:54; Ben Rielly, 01:34:53
Womens 25-29: Kylie Van Steensel, 01:44:58
Womens 30-34: Kylie Westthorp, 01:44:17
Womens 45-49: Jenny Hollins, 01:56:29
Womens 60+: Jenny Merrick, 01:47:33
Womens 16-17: Ashleigh Peterson, 01:56:02.