Birtwhistle awarded after amazing year

LAUNCESTON triathlete Jacob Birtwhistle capped off an amazing 12 months by winning the Tasmanian Junior Athlete of the Year at Triathlon Tasmania's annual awards night in Launceston on Saturday.

About 80 people from around the state attended the dinner to recognise the place getters in the Triathlon Tasmania state series points score and the winners of the Triathlon Tasmania Awards for Excellence. 

Birtwhistle has won numerous International Triathlon Union junior elite events over the past year, and the National Junior Triathlon Championships.

He is also an automatic qualifier to represent Australia at the ITU World Triathlon Championships to be held in Canada in August. 

Launceston's Kate Pedley was recognised for her outstanding season in winning the Tasmanian female athlete of the year award. 

Pedley put in a dominant display at several races across the Tasmania state series including wins at Latrobe, Coles Bay and Devonport and was also awarded for her overall win in the Triathlon Tasmania state series points score. 

Hobart's Hayden Armstrong was awarded the Tasmanian male athlete of the year.

 Armstrong has represented Australia at the World Ironman Triathlon Championships in Kona, Hawaii, for the last five years and is the holder of the fastest time at the Hawaiian Ironman by a Tasmanian athlete. 

He also won his first Triathlon Tasmania state series points score title this year, with wins at Hobart and Coles Bay.

Hobart's Marcus Haward was awarded the Royce Fairbrother Award for outstanding contribution to triathlon in Tasmania. 

Haward has been a long-time Triathlon Tasmania president and board member as well as a volunteer and contributor to the technical program within the sport.

He has also worked tirelessly for a number of years in the national administration.

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