Following last weekend's triathlon, Benalla's Luke Baker looks to have a promising future in the sport.DAMEN FRANCIS January 2, 2013 4:33am
Budding Benalla triathlete Luke Baker needs a coach.
Not because he is struggling to compete — far from it — but his natural talent would undoubtedly benefit even further from some specialist training and direction.
The 15-year-old finished 13th in the Benalla Triathlon on Saturday in a personal best time of one hour, 2min and 55sec.
He was the first local runner across the line in the sprint distance race.
It was Baker’s fourth Benalla triathlon and he admitted he was learning the sport as he goes.
‘‘Mum’s trying to find me a coach, I’m doing it all by myself at the moment, ’’ Baker said.
‘‘My first race was about three years ago, but I have only started training hard for about a year and a half.
‘‘I beat last year’s time by three-and-a-half minutes and the two before that I absolutely smashed, but that was when I was just starting out.’’
A strong performance in the swim — which is usually his weakest leg — put Baker in a good early position.
Despite losing some ground on the bike, he set himself up well for his preferred stage, the run.
‘‘I came out the same place in the swim, seventh or eighth, and then two guys passed me on the ride, then I passed them back on the run, ’’ he said.
‘‘On the ride no-one was really near me after they passed me and on the run I just tried to chase them down.
‘‘That’s my strongest leg, although I got a bit of a stitch, so I couldn’t do it to my best.’’
The Benalla College student now has his sights set on qualifying for the School Sport Australia Boys’ and Girls’ Triathlon Championship, to be held in Penrith, NSW in April.
The selection process is through the School Sport Victoria All Schools Series, which is part of the XOSIZE Tri Series.
Each nominated athlete’s two best results from the three races will be considered, with six places allocated to each division on last year’s Victorian team.
After missing round one, Baker placed fourth in the male 14-15 division at the round two event at Brighton on December 2.
Round three will be held at Elwood on January 20.
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The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
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Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
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Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
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The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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