Volunteers needed to ensure triathlon goes ahead
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.