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■ The sport of triathlon was un­heard of 50 years ago but to­day the Sun­shine Coast boasts two of the largest and most pres­ti­gious events in the world: the Noosa Triathlon and the Mooloolaba Triathlon.

■ The first Noosa Triathlon was staged in 1983 and won by Michael Har­ris and Liz Hep­ple.

■ It was ini­tially or­gan­ised by Dave Power and a com­mit­tee of lo­cal res­i­dents led by Joe Gil­bert of the Lions Club. It was a 2km swim, 37km cy­cle and 8km run but later adopted the stan­dard dis­tances of a 1.5km swim, 40km cy­cle and 10km run.

■ Garth Prowd, who raced in the orig­i­nal 1983 event, took over the run­ning of the Noosa Tri. He formed USM Events in the late 1980s and has been in­volved in and run nu­mer­ous events, not only on the Sun­shine Coast but through­out Aus­tralia.

■ In 1992, the Noosa Multi-Sport Fes­ti­val had its begin­nings, with both the cri­terium and 5km Bolt run added.

■ The Noosa Triathlon was firmly es­tab­lished by the time the Mooloolaba Triathlon was first staged in 1993 by USM Events with the help of the Mooloolaba Triathlon Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee. It was won by Brad Be­van and Alexan­dra Laws.

■ In 1995 the Mooloolaba Triathlon be­came one of the na­tional se­lec­tion races and in 1997 and 1998 was the Aus­tralian and ITU Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships. It gained its cur­rent ITU World Cup sta­tus in 2005.

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