Vol­un­teers needed to en­sure triathlon goes ahead

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Air­lie Beach Triathlon is un­der threat with a lack of vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers putting a cloud over the an­nual event.

The triathlon, planned for Septem­ber 7, has been run­ning for 14 years and re­ported one of its strong­est fields last year, but faces the pos­si­bil­ity of not go­ing ahead ac­cord­ing to Whit­sun­day Triathlon Club pres­i­dent Stephen Jack­son. “There’s a chance it could hap­pen if we don’t get sup­port,” he said.

“At the mo­ment I’m try­ing not to en­ter­tain that thought.

“We’ve had the same people in­volved in di­rect­ing and putting on the race but some of them are un­avail­able or have moved on...so we’re des­per­ately in need of fresh faces. Any sup­port would be good. Some of the tasks are as sim­ple as man­ning the cor­ner so there are no spe­cific skills re­quired for vol­un­teers.”

The triathlon is usu­ally the first event of the North Queens­land (NQ) Se­ries and ef­fec­tively kick­starts the sum­mer, at­tract­ing par­tic­i­pants from all over the state.

In the nearer fu­ture, the Whit­sun­day Triathlon Club is ur­gently seek­ing reg­is­tra­tions ahead of the Hilly Half Marathon on Hamil­ton Is­land.

The first of the run se­ries events is un­der two weeks away, but the club is reporting a high num­ber of un­reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants.

The Whit­sun­day Triathlon Club is also close to se­cur­ing the min­i­mum num­ber to run the level one triathlon coach­ing course on May 17-18. The course will not only arm mem­bers for coach­ing, but also as­sist with per­for­mance ahead of an­other big sea­son.

For in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer for the triathlon, con­tact Stephen Jack­son on 0408 236 483.

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