Art cel­e­brates the Hundy

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT - Matthew McIn­er­ney Matthew.McIn­er­ney@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

EV­ERY com­peti­tor in this year’s Her­vey Bay 100 will take home a piece of the Es­planade cre­ated by one of the re­gion’s most tal­ented artists.

Re­becca Jane Knowles cre­ated the art­work, mod­elled on a triathlon suit by Her­vey Bay 100 or­gan­iser Jef­frey Morris above, which will be dis­played on sou­venir shirts given to ev­ery ath­lete who par­tic­i­pates in this year’s event.

The con­cept is the same as in pre­vi­ous years, but this is the first time or­gan­is­ers en­gaged an artist to create the cen­tre­piece.

“Re­becca is a lo­cal artist who pro­duces a lot of beau­ti­ful, colour­ful art­work around the re­gion, and we ap­proached her to do a de­sign that suited our race,” Morris said.

“She’s come up with a beau­ti­ful piece of art.”

The work is stun­ning, and cap­tures the cen­tral area of the event course, but it may sur­prise you to learn she had lit­tle more than a week to pro­duce the work.

“I thought it’d be beau­ti­ful to do for our race,” Morris said.

“We sat down in April and we wanted the im­age ready to go by the time the race opened in May, so she had only two weeks in the end to do the art­work.

“She put 90 hours into it to get it done and that’s be­come the art­work.

“She’s cap­tured the race precinct, it’s turned out re­ally good (sic).”

The Her­vey Bay 100 will be held on Novem­ber 19.

The week­end in­cludes the Have A Crack Tri, which cov­ers a shorter dis­tance and is open to those aged 15 and older, and the Hundy Kids event.

This year’s Hundy will be the first to include the Barge2Beach ocean swim, a 2km course which starts at a barge and ends at the race precinct in Scar­ness.

PHOTO: ALIS­TAIR BRIGHTMAN

STYLISH SUIT: Jef­frey Morris mod­els the art­work dur­ing Her­vey Bay Triathlon Club’s first event of the sea­son at River Heads.

PHOTO: VA­LERIE HOR­TON

THEY’RE OFF: The Her­vey Bay 100.

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