Su­per sports

1200-plus ath­letes ar­rive

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

THREE mas­sive sport­ing events will cul­mi­nate on Four Mile Beach on Sun­day.

The Coral Coast 5150 Triathlon, the RRR Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge and the Great Bar­rier Reef Ocean Chal­lenge will wash up more than 1200 ath­letes and at­tract hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors to the re­gion.

The three sport­ing events in­clude op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties to take part, and will see first timers com­pete along­side Olympic class ath­letes, bring­ing record crowds of sup­port­ers to Port Dou­glas beaches.

The event has grown on the suc­cess of last year’s with an un­prece­dented num­ber of en­trants par­tici- pat­ing in all three events.

The Ocean Chal­lenge has en­listed 200 com­peti­tors, dou­ble the fig­ure of last year’s en­tries and both the RRR Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge and the Coral Coast 5150 Triathlon will have more than 500 com­peti­tors.

This adds up to an in­cred­i­ble in­crease of 30 per cent in en­try fig­ures in just the sec­ond year the events have been held on the same day as part of the Cairns Ad­ven­ture Fes­ti­val.

The con­ver­gence of ath­letes and sup­port­ers on to Port Dou­glas beached will gen­er­ate a much-needed boost to tourism in the lo­cal area.

Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ken Dobbs wel­comed the ex­po­sure just af­ter Carni- vale.

“This event gets par­tic­i­pants and their sup­port­ers to the area, and means that peo­ple come to stay, eat and shop in Port Dou­glas,” he said.

“Not only that, but the gen­er­ous me­dia ex­po­sure should be recog­nised - events like these help pro­mote the beau­ti­ful fea­tures of our des­ti­na­tion, and get peo­ple think­ing about travel plans to this part of the world.”

Crowds are ex­pected to gather to cheer on lo­cal and na­tional com­peti­tors alike.

En­ter­tain­ing the crowds will be Chris Ah Gee and the Mont­gomery Broth­ers, per­form­ing live from 10am at the Port Dou­glas Life Sav­ing Club.

Lo­cal le­gends: RRR Moun­tain bike chal­lenge com­peti­tor Scott Hud­son, traith­lete Alis­tair Spence and mem­bers of Port Dou­glas Outrig­ger­scom­pet­ing in the Great Bar­rier Reef Ocean Chal­lenge yes­ter­day

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