BJ mixes it with the big boys in triathlon

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

ONE of Port Dou­glas’s lit­tle nip­pers BJ McLeod rep­re­sented the re­gion in the Cairns Crocs Triathlon held in Moss­man last Sun­day.

The 11-year-old ath­lete raced against five young­sters in a 200 me­tre swim, five kilo­me­tre bike ride and one kilo­me­tre run win­ning third po­si­tion.

First place was awarded to Grace-Kelly David­son fol­lowed by Natha­nial David­son who both live in Cairns.

Ath­letes were com­mended for their ef­forts rac­ing in the pour­ing down rain and run­ning on wet roads.

The su­per sprint race was won by Stephanie Ward, the sprint race by Joel Mur­ray and the fe­male race by Danielle Reed.

More than 60 peo­ple at­tended the Moss­man swim­ming pool in the rain to com­pete in the triathlon which re­quired small amend­ments due to the poor weather con­di­tions.

Race di­rec­tor Guy Bes­ley was over­whelmed by the amount of com­peti­tors who showed up on the day con­sid­er­ing the poor weather con­di­tions.

“I couldn’t be­lieve how many peo­ple turned up, it was buck­et­ing down rain,” he said.

“It is also very un­usual for a triathlon to be held in a swim­ming pool how­ever at this time of year we don’t re­ally have an op­tion as we can’t swim in the sea.

“The Moss­man Pool was fan­tas­tic and we would like to thank them and the seven Port Dou­glas peo­ple as­sist­ing as vol­un­teers on the day. “We all got drenched.” The next race will be held at Pete’s Bridge on March 20 at 7am. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Cairns Croc Triathlon web­site on www.cairn­scrocs.org.au .

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Mighty ef­fort: BJ McLeod fin­ished third in his divi­sion

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