Former Yukoner Britni Bakk took the top spot in the women’s 40-44 division at the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday.
It was the athlete’s third time at the Worlds, and it proved to be a charm. She completed the 3.8-kilometre swim, 180-kilometre bike and 42-kilometre run in 10 hours, 29 minutes and 30 seconds.
“I felt amazing, it was really my day,” said Bakk from Hawaii. “A lot of people have a problem with the heat and the trade winds can be pretty bad too — but I placed really well.”
This isn’t any ordinary Ironman, either — all the competitors have to qualify by winning their division in a qualifying race, which Bakk did in Oceanside, California in March.
Bakk, who lives in Point Roberts, Washington, competes in Ironman recreationally. But that’s not how she describes it.
“It’s serious, I’m at the top of my game — but I do it for fun,” she said. “Every time I race I learn something new.”
Now that she’s won at the Worlds, Bakk doesn’t have to qualify for next year’s race — but she’s still planning to compete again in Oceanside in March.
Atom division (Saturday)
Team Red 9
Team White 4
Red’s Luke McGrath led his team to victory, scoring five goals, while Keenan Livingston netted two goals and four assists. Ryan Edwards popped in two goals and an assist and Nicholas Guenette assisted as well.
Mikaela Ponsioen was named Red’s MVP.
Kole Smeeton scored two for the White team, with Dennis Hsi and Shania Logan adding singles. Michael Ritchie was White’s top player.
Klondike Copier 3
Merick Henderson was named Klondike’s top player, while Johnny Elias earned MVP for Subway.
Yukon News 6
Fountain Tire 3
Player of the game for Yukon News was Jake Charlton — his laid-back goaltending earned him a first-half shutout.
Vector Research 4
Lake Laberge Lions 4
Bryn Peterson from Vector took the MVP for her focused effort through the whole game.
Klondike Copier 6
John McPhail scored the hat trick for Klondike Copier and Scott Wood, Gena Gouniavyi and Don Russel each scored once.
Mo Sahid scored two for Pepsi, while Simon Pulido and Bruno Bourdache both scored once.
Housh Ghandi and Terry Markley each scored a pair for Assante, and Sonny Voyageur scored once. For Quest, Brian Fiddler scored the deuce, and Chris Donohoe added one.
Pine Plumbing 5
Yukon Brew 5
Mehrdad Tirgar scored four for Yukon Brewing, and Derek Torgenson got the other. Jeff Ford, Joe Campana, and Pierre Gauthier all got a goal for Pine Plumbing, and David Black scored two.
Performance Centre Turbos 5
Laurie Malo netted five goals for Kilrich, while Ted Hupe, Bob Schwinghammer, Tim Turner-Davis and Woody Bennett scored as well. Dean Hassard notched a pair of assists.
Paul Sahagian scored twice for the Turbos, Rick Blaker scored one and had three assists. Paul Lackowicz and Glen Heinbigner scored as well, and Bob Candow assisted on two goals.
Klondyke Dental Molars 5
Medicine Chest 5
Ross Phillips had the hat trick for the Molars, Jim Baker and Adam Green added singles. Shelby Workman assisted on two.
Roger Lockwood scored two for the Chest, and so did funnyman Chris McNutt. Blaine Demchuk scored a goal and three assists. Dan Boyd assisted on two.
Yukon Appliance 10
Rob Wells led the Appliance boys with a hat trick and a pair of assists, and Chris Dixon scored three as well. Wyatt Drift was a playmaker with five assists and Pat Kenny, Daryn Leas, Jakub Jirousek and Brian Curry scored singles.
Roadhouse’s Mark King scored a hat trick, and Clayton Thomas and Andrew Sprokkreef added singles. Joey Mason and Matt Kremer had two assists each.
Whitehorse Midget Mustangs 5
Boston Pizza 4
The Mustangs came back from a 3-1 deficit in the first period, scoring the winning goal with two minutes left. Joe Densmore netted two for the Midgets, and Lowell Johnston, Tanner Kulych and Robbie Stuckey scored singles.
Kane Dawe helped out with three assists.
Derek Johnstone had the hat trick for BP, assisted by Lance Brown. Brian Curial netted one.
U Brew Bruins 10
Yukon Inn Boiler Room 3
Blaine Monahan led the Bruins with four goals, two assists on Sunday, with Marcel Barreault adding two goals and Kevin Smith, Shayne Parker, Calvin Morberg and Tyson Hawkins scoring as well.
Will Beckett, Wayne Risby and Hugh Boyle scored for the Boiler Room.
Sports North 14
Kluane Drillers 8
John Van Langen netted four and assisted on three as Sports North hammered the Drillers. Terry Slonski had a hat trick and four assists, Dustin Slonski also had a hat trick, and Richard Graham netted two. Dave Richard and Ken Olson scored as well.
The Drillers’ Tyler Murray scored a big five goals, and Mark Daniels, Ed Vanderkley and Rob Pitzel added goals as well.