BJ shows plenty of pace

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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