Six national marathon titles were up for grabs on a cloudy fourth morning of racing at the Australian Championships on Lake Jindabyne and it was a rising young Sydneysider who was the star of the show.
Brock McMillan, skiing behind Revolution Racing and with his father Dave driving and Shane Helson observing, proved too good for a field that included Thomas Perry, Brendan Tidswell and world F1 champion Ben Gulley.
The marathon races consist of a half dozen laps of the course with a changeover of equipment – single ski, double ski, single finless, double finless, freeboard and plank or paling – after each of the six laps.
For McMillan it was a first win in open company after making the step up from the junior ranks this year and it did not come easily.
McMillan came from behind Perry and Tidswell in the early stages of the race before coming off his freeboard while leading on the penultimate lap, only to take advantage of new leader Perry’s fall during the final circuit to take chequered flag.
Perry took the silver and Gulley the bronze.
Understandably McMillan was pleased with his performance, and while it isn’t his first national title it is his first of what could be many at open level.
“Very happy, very happy to beat Tom (Perry) and Stump (Gulley),” an ecstatic McMillan said.
“I’ve been trying to keep up with the boys when I was in junior class and now moving up to actually be in their class is a big deal so I’m really happy.”
In other categories:
- The 13-U16 boy’s was taken out by Connor Lindsell (Kidstuff)
- George Payne (Murrumbidgee Magic) won the 16-U18 boy’s
- In the 30-U40 men’s, Mathew Arnall (Kidz Boat) was the winner
- Brad Grehan (Team Paradise) is the 2019 national champion in the 40-U50 men’s class
- There were no finishers in the 50+ men’s event
A FULL RESULTS LIST FROM MARATHON RACES ON DAY 4 AT THE AUSTRALIAN TITLES IS HERE