Eclipse shines

ATH­LETES ARE OVER THE MOON

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

VIC­TO­RIA Park based fit­ness club Eclipse Fit­ness is send­ing sev­eral ath­letes to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the World Duathlon Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide this week­end.

Among the tal­ented com­peti­tors are Matt Smith, Kurt Wes­ley, Dale Wes­ley and Lachie Macdougall, as well as trainer Stu­art Durham.

Durham will com­pete in the 40-44 age group but said he was more fo­cused on sup­port­ing his ath­letes.

“I al­ways feel some pres­sure to per­form at events but at the end of the day, my coach­ing is my pri­or­ity,” Durham said. “If my ath­letes per­form well, then I am happy; it’s great to be able to travel and race with the ath­letes I coach.”

In the lead-up to the com­pe­ti­tion this week­end, the ath­letes have un­der­gone in­ten­sive train­ing of up to 20 hours a week, to bring them to the high per­for­mance level.

“These guys are com­pet­ing at a very high level and have made heaps of sac­ri­fices; it gets pretty cut-throat,” he said.

“I have been coach­ing Kurt since he was eight-years-old, so it’s great to see all his hard work pay­ing off.”

In the duathlon, ath­letes com­plete a run be­tween 5km and 10km, a bike ride be­tween 20km and 40km and end with another run be­tween 5km and 10km, depend­ing on age and level.

Ath­letes Matt Smith and Kurt Wes­ley with coach Stu­art Durham.

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