BJ shows plenty of pace
HE MIGHT only be 10 years old, but Wonga Beach triathlete is shaping up as a star of the future.
The talented youngster was recently invited to join the elite Cairns Crocs Triathlon junior squad and will line up against some of the best in his age group as part of the Challenge Cairns event in June.
BJ showed plenty of promise to win his first-ever triathlon a couple of years ago on a BMX bike and has shown enough improvement to be considered a future star of the sport.
He won the Cairns Crocs triathlon held in Mossman earlier this year and has since progressed even further under the watchful eye of head coach Joel Murray.
“I’ve been doing laps of the house since I was four years old,” BJ said.
“I like riding my bike really fast and am really enjoying training every Saturday with the Crocs squad.”
Coach Murray said BJ was very new to the sport but was showing plenty of potential.
“BJ’s been coming down to train every Saturday and he’s learning the skills required for the transition between each triathlon leg,” he said.
“He’s very keen and has plenty of raw talent.”
BJ is also a keen Nipper with the Port Douglas Surf Lifesaving Club and made it to the finals of the Peninsula rugby league competition with his Wonga Beach State School teammates.
And if there were any doubts about his sporting potential, he is also training for his brown belt in bushikai.
“I just like sports, but triathlon is probably my favourite at the moment,” he said.
Several senior Port Douglas triathletes are also in heavy training for the Challenge Cairns main event, a marathon triathlon which consists of a 3.8km swim off Yorkeys Knob, a 180km ride along the Captain Cook Highway and a 42km run into Cairns.
In training: BJ McLeod hits the road