Triathlon-style event a chal­lenge for com­peti­tors

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

About 30 Wick­ham ath­letes tested their met­tle in the wa­ter, on land and in the bi­cy­cle sad­dle at their re­cre­ation precinct’s sec­ond an­nual triathlon last Fri­day evening.

A mix of adults and youth aged 11-17 com­peted this year in an event that or­gan­iser and Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct leisure duty man­ager for fit­ness Sheree Bomer said had been or­gan­ised af­ter their in­au­gu­ral “mini-triathlon” proved pop­u­lar last year.

“Last year we had a few peo­ple that wanted to do some­thing that was dif­fer­ent from group fit­ness and gym, and be­cause we’re a re­cre­ation precinct we thought, ‘what is the best event that we can run that will utilise the whole precinct?’ — and that was the clos­est one,” she said.

“It was re­ally pop­u­lar on the day (last year) and we had heaps of peo­ple who said they’d do it next year.”

Com­peti­tors took part in a group warm-up ses­sion be­fore split­ting into four groups — ad­vanced, in­ter­me­di­ate, begin­ner and youth — and rid­ing, swim­ming and run­ning in­house in dif­fer­ent parts of the precinct.

Paul Gill was the win­ner of the ad­vanced divi­sion, while Kerry Jack­son and Kane Archer won the in­ter­me­di­ates. Ben Babao and Julie McFar­land took the be­gin­ners cat­e­gory and Bri­anna Voigt and Ma­nunui Tito were the youth win­ners. Lo­cally Slack­ers won the team divi­sion.

It was the first time the event had fea­tured a youth cat­e­gory and Bomer said about eight young peo­ple took part.

Pic­ture: Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct

Com­peti­tors ride spin bikes at the Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct in the Wick­ham mini-triathlon.

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