Ex­tra world qual­i­fier boost

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) -

The an­nounce­ment of a sec­ond world qual­i­fy­ing race for the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Mul­tisport Fes­ti­val will see even more Australian triath­letes con­verg­ing on the event to be held later this month.

The Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Mul­tisport Fes­ti­val (YMMF) will now add a stan­dard dis­tance world qual­i­fy­ing event (WQE) fol­low­ing the can­cel­la­tion of the 19th Novem­ber Ac­tiveTri se­ries event.

This an­nounce­ment makes the 21st October event the fo­cus for all com­peti­tors look­ing to qual­ify for the 2018 World Cham­pi­onships to be held in the Gold Coast. The stan­dard dis­tance world qual­i­fier adds to the draft le­gal sprint WQE al­ready on of­fer.

Mul­tisport com­mit­tee mem­ber Jared Lough­nan said the ex­tra world qual­i­fi­ca­tion was an­other sig­nif­i­cant win for YMMF as it builds to be the best re­gional triathlon in Aus­tralia.

“The event con­tin­ues to grow its rep­u­ta­tion as an ideal triathlon for ath­letes want­ing to get their qual­i­fy­ing points in early and Triathlon Aus­tralia have con­fi­dently se­lected our event due to its pop­u­lar­ity and proven track record,” Jared said.

“Last year we launched a new course held over two states in­clud­ing an iconic bridge run and a Lake Mul­wala hug­ging course that was aimed at at­tract­ing com­peti­tors from all over Aus­tralia and even the world.

“The event is hosted by our ma­jor sup­porter the Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club which pro­vides fan­tas­tic event village fa­cil­i­ties for our ath­letes and spec­ta­tors.

“Be­ing a qual­i­fy­ing event for the worlds will be great for the area. The World Cham­pi­onships are be­ing held in Aus­tralia this coming sea­son, so we ex­pect a sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est in ath­letes wishing to qual­ify be­cause over­seas cham­pi­onships cost much more to at­tend and com­pete in.

“We have al­ready seen a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions flow­ing in, many from all over Aus­tralia and a sprin­kle from over­seas in­clud­ing the US, In­done­sia and Egypt.

“The YMMF will be the only sprint qual­i­fy­ing event in Vic­to­ria this side of Christ­mas and it will likely be seen as a great race to get in and get early sta­tus.

“Triathlon is a Com­mon­wealth Games sport and this an­nounce­ment con­firms that Yar­ra­wonga should also be con­sid­ered as a host des­ti­na­tion for triathlon should the bold Vic­to­rian re­gional bid for the 2030 Com­mon­wealth Games pro­ceed.”

Mr Lough­nan said the event now in its sixth year at­tracts close to 800 ath­letes from all over Aus­tralia in­ject­ing more than $1.3 mil­lion into the lo­cal econ­omy.

The Mul­tisport, which was a fi­nal­ist in the 2016 Vic­to­rian Sport­ing Awards for Com­mu­nity Sport­ing Event of the Year, is a ma­jor fundraiser for the Sa­cred Heart Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Schools and also as­sists other groups in the com­mu­nity.

This year’s event will be held on the 21st and 22nd of October with the triathlon events be­ing held on the Satur­day and the fore­shore fam­ily fun runs and Yar­ra­wonga Health’s Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge be­ing held on the Sun­day morn­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ymmf.com.au or like the events Face­book page for up­dates.

An iconic bridge cross­ing and a unique cross bor­der Mur­ray River course is a fea­ture of the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Mul­tisport Fes­ti­val.

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