As a tough endurance sport, Multisport helps to develop key transferable skills and attributes such as ‘character’ and resilience under pressure. There is no formal training each week although there are some Adventure Training sessions with the co-ordinator and outside coaches prior to events.
Professional coaching can be facilitated by the co-ordinator for elite-level and aspiring elite-level triathletes. The co-ordinator also organises competition entries, transport and support for Triathlon, Duathlon and Adventure Racing events. Orienteering and Ultramarathon events are managed by parent groups.
Competitions require endurance, strength, efficiency of motion, mental toughness, technical outdoor skills, and an understanding of nutritional needs. While solid fitness is a prerequisite, successful multisport racers are those with the ability to react to the unexpected.
There is no uniform multisport race format – every race is unique. They may last from several hours to several days (with the ‘non-stop’ variety referred to as adventure racing). Multisport stage races are increasingly popular, for example, four to six hour competitions spread over several consecutive days – and demand fast recovery. Some races require navigation, while others follow marked courses. Some are solo endeavours while others require a team of two, four or eight to cross the finish line together. Team dynamics are critical when teammates are under stressful and in physically demanding situations.
Adventure racing is a type of multisport involving a more extensive range of disciplines and often requires an element of orienteering/navigation, as the course may be unknown at the start of the race. Adventure racing events typically last from one to six days with the courses varying in distance, duration and terrain. The events can include cross country running, mountain biking, climbing and kayaking. In most cases, competitors will carry their own food, fluid, clothes and tents. For both multisport and adventure racing the body relies predominately on the aerobic energy system and a lean physique is advantageous.
Our athletes achieved outstanding success at the 2017 Canterbury Schools Triathlon event under trying conditions, with eleven of the fourteen athletes placed first in their respective events. Our three teams all won first place in their respective divisions. The St Andrew’s Get2Go Challenge team has achieved second place in their event three years in a row. Saxon Morgan (Year 13) was awarded the Multisport Trophy in 2017. Sisters, Ari Graham (OC 2016) and Mya Graham (Year 13) have been successful StAC athletes. Ari was awarded the Multisport Trophy in 2016.
Co-ordinator: Mr Greg Thompson – GTU@stac.school.nz