Our flying Fynn


He’s only 15 but Queenstown triathlete Fynn Thompson is already giving adults a run – and a swim and cycle – for their money. 

The Year 11 Wakatipu High student is expected to be a leading performer in tomorrow’s long-established Good Friday Lake Hayes triathlon. 

Last month he finished sixth for his age group in the national secondary school triathlon champs at Queenstown’s Jack’s Point. 

Weeks earlier he set a sport junior record for the Motatapu mountain bike event, from Wanaka to Arrowtown, of 2hr 15min 39sec. 

Fynn also won the junior category and was third and second, overall, in recent Southern Tri Series events at Glenorchy’s Paradise and Jack’s Point, respectively. 

Fynn – who’s only done triathlons for a year – says he enjoys both the training and competition. 

“You get such a cool feeling when you beat your times and you’re on the podium.” 

He trains between 15 and 20 hours most weeks but will put his main focus on swimming over winter. 

He’s aiming tomorrow to beat his Lake Hayes Christmas tri time of 1:13.48sec – he was second-placed junior male. 

The race – the last of the Southern Tri Series – comprises a 750 metre swim or 4km paddle, 20km road bike and 5km run. 

A duathlon option replaces the swim/paddle with the 1.5km race. 

The event starts 1pm – race-day entry is $55 for adults, $35 for juniors and $100 for teams of two or three.