Locals contest Games trials
By STEVE SPINKS
ALSTONVILLE teenage triathlete Clayton Fettell put in an encouraging performance at the Commonwealth Games Trials in Melbourne last weekend.
Despite missing out on the Games team, Fettell showed he would be a force in the future, finishing 22nd in the field of 36.
The 19-year-old actually led the field out of the 1.5km swim leg with top Aussie competitor Craig Walton.
However, Walton stalled at the change-over and the former Trinity Catholic College Lismore student found himself in the lead without any support.
Walton eventually clawed his way up to Fettell but in doing so he also brought the pelaton with him.
The Alstonville teenager was eventually dropped in the run and British triathlete Tim Don won the event with Greg Bennett the first Aussie home.
Bennett qualified for the Games team along with world champion Peter Robertson and NSW's Brad Kahlefeldt.
Fettell is now focusing on the State Under-23 titles at Gunnedah this weekend before heading north to contest the high-profile Noosa Triathlon.
It will be Fettell's first as a professional after he was granted his licence recently.
Former Southern Cross University student and Lennox Head resident Emma Moffatt finished 14th in the women's selection race.
Moffatt, who now lives in Brisbane and is a former North Coast Academy of Sport member, finished eight minutes behind eventual winner Annabel Luxford, who qualified along with Loretta Harrop and world champion Emma Snowsill.