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McGregor Trophy Recap

 

At YMMF in 2012 there was a familiar face on the podium during presentations. Carole McGregor from Shepparton Tri Club had entered four separate events, placing in three. This was a great achievement and showed enormous strength and spirit, so we named a trophy after Carole. The McGregor Trophy and accompanying prize money is awarded to the best overall athlete at the YMMF, based on their results across a minimum of 3 events.

Unsurprisingly the winner of the McGregor trophy in 2014 was Carole herself! Competing in the 21km Yarramul Half, Aquathlon, 5km Open Water Swim and Olympic Distance Triathlon. When asked what about the YMMF keeps her coming back Carole said “its lots of fun, good to be involved in a well organised great weekend…It’s all about getting out there and doing what you do”.

Coming in a close second was young gun Sarah Dobie of Southern X Triathlon. Sarah’s involvement in triathlon began not all that long ago. Sarah was a star athlete, competing in state level swimming by 9 years old and then at national level in athletics and cross country when she was 11, becoming national champion at 13 years old. She caught the eye of triathlon coach Dave Huggett who offered to coach her – but Sarah had never ridden a bike before! That didn’t stop her getting involved in triathlon though! After spending the 2012 duathlon series training, Sarah made her triathlon debut season in 2012/2013, where she was very successful. Since then she has been part of the School Sport Victoria Triathlon State Triathlon team for the past few years.

We caught up with Sarah and asked her what her plans are to take out this years’ YMMF McGregor Trophy.

This year Sarah is competing in the 5km run, the State Aquathon and the main event, the Olympic Distance Triathlon, but says the McGregor Trophy is not her main aim. “I’m just out to have a good weekend in the first race of the season…I’ll just take it one race at a time and the results will take care of themselves.”

Sarah loves the YMMF because of the amazing racing conditions, “I really enjoy the location as Yarrawonga is such a nice place to have a triathlon. There’s nice long straight roads excellent for cycling and having the Murray to swim in is amazing.”

The community spirit that underlines YMMF is also something Sarah enjoys, “I really enjoy the presentation dinner on the Saturday Night as you can get together with everyone competing, have a nice meal together and enjoy the presentations.” The presentation dinner at the 2015 YMMF is surely one not to be missed. Carbo-load for your event on Sunday at the Mulwala Waterski Club. For those not looking for an early night, the dinner is followed by a night of entertainment by Daryl Braithwaite.

Sarah’s ultimate goal is to make World Championships again this year and represent Australia. But the first stop on her road to a successful 2015/16 season is YMMF. Why not start your journey here too.

The 2015 YMMF McGregor Trophy is up for the taking! So what’s Carole’s advice for any other budding competitors vying for her trophy this year? “Be involved, get out there, do what you do and enjoy doing it!”

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SarahDobieCycling Image: Sarah Dobie tearing up the road.

 


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