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Challenge Shepparton 2017

Challenge Shepparton has been on the race calendar for many years… The 2017 edition did not disappoint. Well done and congratulations to all ETPA athletes and members who raced over the weekend. As you will see below we had a bit of everything this year; juniors rocking it, first timers, PBs, podiums, wins and comebacks!

Special mention to our partners Bounce Health Group for going above and beyond as always! Your assistance helping athletes before, during and after the race was amazing – thank you for your support.

In the half… Well done to Gary Nicholls on his welcome return to the top step of the podium! Also Amanda Thompson for a handy PB after a solid winter on the MT. Well done too, to the guys en route to Busso Ironman in three weeks. Special shout out to the first timers, Kate Baxter, Joe Michael and Marc primrose! You guys rocked it!

And the classic… In what can only be called a dominance of the ETPA program we smashed a number of the age groups grabbing multiple podium spots. Well done to the two old school Coaches, Darren and Mat, on pushing each other to a 1-2 in their age group. Special mention to overall female winner of the classic event, Amanda Wilson. Amanda smashed a 4min k pace run out to take the win by 7mins, great effort.

Half Ironman

James Antonio, 6.06 Bassam Hallak, 5.39 Amanda Thompson, 5.21 – 5th AG! Joe Michael, 5.18 – First Timer! Marc Primrose, 5.38 – First Timer! Gary Nicholls, 5.26 – 1st AG! Shay McLeod, 4.44 – 3rd AG! Ryan Dodson, 5.00 Kate Baxter, 7.56 Austin Parker, 4.49 – 3rd AG!


Aimee, Steve, Karyn – 5.29 Gaby and Alan – 5.56 Jamie and Rob – 4.37


Amanda Wilson, 2.37 – 1st overall female! Darren Franken, 2.33 – 1st AG Mat Tippett, 2.44 – 2nd AG! John Shiels, 2.32 – 1st AG, 3rd overall! Mark Deagan, 2.36 – 3rd AG Anthony Cooley, 3.15 Matt Sullivan, 2.42 – 1st AG! David Deakin, 2.58 Miah Franzmann, 2.54 – 1st AG!


Carolyn Tonelli, 1.31 – 3rd AG!

Well done to all the juniors who took on the kids race… Awesome work!

Kye Franken Taj Dodson Zac Dodson Livvy Cavka Olivia Kostadinovic Sienna Kostadinovic Hunter Deakin Phoenix Deakin

Further afield we had Ella Walsgott who won the Hamilton 4.2km fun run and Damion Passlow who tackled Damion Passlow. Well done guys!

Ella Walsgott, 17.43

Ironman Malaysia

Damion Passlow, 13.50

Massive thanks to all out support staff and sponsors, without such a dedicated group of individuals and organisations working together we wouldn’t have the outcomes on race day we do!

Polly Dhar – Physiotherapist Andrew Apolloni – Stonington Podiatry Elite Swimming Bounce Heath Group Evolution Cycles

Bring on the rest of the season, ETPA athletes are primed for their best summer of racing ever.

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