Super League Qualifier Series Wrap – Nine Women Ready To Win
Qualification for Super League Triathlon’s 2019 Championship Series has been the stuff of dreams for so many athletes. Nine women who made it through are now preparing themselves for the experience of a lifetime.
Events in Bali, Poznan and Ottawa each offered three women the chance to bag a Golden Ticket into triathlon’s most exciting race Series.
Many came and tried their luck, but only nine succeeded, and now have eyes on growing their reputations still further in front of the watching world.
Up and coming French star Sandra Dodet took out the win in Bali and could be one to watch out for in the Championship Series as she begins to really make a name for herself. A superb swimmer, Dodet could be right up there with Katie Zaferes in the water and setting the tone.
Kerry Morris has received a rolldown slot after the withdrawal of Danielle De Francesco. Having come to the sport comparatively late, she is hungry for success while Felicity Sheedy-Ryan, at 34, virtually falls into the veteran category but has all the experience you could want. Her previous gold medal winning exploits in duathlon show she has the bike-run capability to be a factor.
Great Britain’s 20-year-old Olivia Mathias stunned the triathlon world as she grabbed a Golden Ticket. From a strong swim and run background, this youngster has nothing to lose and everything to gain which make her a dangerous prospect.
Zsanett Bragmeyer and Gillian Backhouse, who also won through in Poland, are much more known quantities and have class to spare. Backhouse collected a gold medal in the Mixed Relay at the Commonwealth Games underlining she has the skillset required for short and fast race formats.
Charlotte McShane only just missed out on an automatic spot in the 2019 Championship Series, but rather than feeling sorry for herself smashed the competition in Canada to ensure her return to Super League. A good all-rounder, McShane has a heap of experience to call upon and produced three top ten finishes in 2018.
Nicole Van Der Kaay is from a swim and run background while Desirae Ridenour, who also secured her Golden Ticket in Ottawa, has come through Qualification for the second year running, which shows she has the all-round game to compete.
With that, our Qualifier Series comes to an end, and the Championship Series lies ahead, with our first event. the RBC Super League Jersey slated to happen from 28-29 of September, with new Age Group participation opportunities, an expanded fanzone, and more. The Super League action is just beginning!