Air­lie Beach Triathlon a hit with young ath­letes

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

JU­NIOR ath­letes from through­out the state con­verged on the Air­lie Beach la­goon for the Air­lie Beach Ju­nior Triathlon on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

More than 90 young ath­letes took to the wa­ter in their re­spec­tive age groups of un­der 8’s, 8-10 years and 11-13 years be­fore head­ing for their bikes in the Broad­wa­ter Av­enue car park tran­si­tion zone.

In­di­vid­ual ath­letes and teams reg­is­tered for the event and en­joyed com­pet­ing in near per­fect con­di­tions with hun­dreds of sup­port­ers cheer­ing them on.

For Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dent An­gus Men­zies, the race was his first ma­jor triathlon event.

“It was a re­ally good course but the har- dest part was def­i­nitely the run at the end,” the 11-year-old said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a go at com­pet­ing in other triathlons in Mackay, Bowen, Townsville and Hamil­ton Is­land.”

Race di­rec­tor Janelle East­wood said the Er­gon Ju­nior Triathlon event was a par­tic­i­pa­tion event and ev­ery com­peti­tor was a win­ner.

She said the ju­nior triathlon was not timed with all par­tic­i­pants re­ceiv­ing a medal for their ef­forts.

Many of the chil­dren re­turned the next day as spec­ta­tors to see some of the state’s best triath­letes com­pet­ing in the main Air­lie Beach Triathlon event.

HEAD START: An­gus Men­zies came storm­ing out of the wa­ter in first place of the 11-13 years in­di­vid­ual Air­lie Beach Ju­nior Triathlon on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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