Ladies tri field blown open

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THIS year’s Air­lie Beach Triathlon ladies race has been thrown wide open fol­low­ing the with­drawal of ris­ing tal­ent Laura Den­nis.

Den­nis re­cently fin­ished top ten at an in­ter­na­tional event in Sin­ga­pore; how­ever the ef­fort left her need­ing some down time.

Emerg­ing Townsville ju­nior Chelsea Ger­ard and Sun­shine Coast-based ath­lete Bon­nie Ather­ton loom as likely can­di­dates, but on­line en­tries will re­main open un­til Septem­ber 3 for any po­ten­tial wild cards keen to throw their hats in the ring.

Whit­sun­day Triathlon Club pres­i­dent and event co-or­di­na­tor Steve Jack­son says there’s still plenty of room for last-minute nom­i­na­tions.

“Lo­gis­ti­cally, whether we have 50 com­peti­tors to 500, much of the work re­mains the same, so we’d en­cour­age any­one still con­sid­er­ing their in­volve­ment to sign-up,” he said.

“We want as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mean­while, Ride Whit­sun­days’ owner Chris Labes has re­vealed the win­ner of the Merida road bike for early reg­is­tra­tion was Proser­pine’s Emma Ho­gan.

“We’re very ex­cited that an as­pir­ing en­ticer ath­lete hap­pened to win the Merida bike. We love en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties to be ac­tive but be­ing part of that jour­ney, sup­port­ing Emma who is grad­u­at­ing from the ju­nior ranks up to the en­ticer group, is re­ally re­ward­ing for the store,” Labes said.

The Vi­naka Fiji shoe char­ity drive, in con­junc­tion with Cruise Whit­sun­days and JJ Richards, is also gain­ing mo­men­tum.

The ini­tia­tive has been es­tab­lished to sup­port un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties in the Ya­sawa Is­lands of Fiji.

Spe­cially marked bins have been placed at St Cather­ine’s, Can­non­vale State School, Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege, Proser­pine State School and Hamil­ton Is­land State Schools for chil­dren to de­posit their un­wanted sports shoes.

“Af­ter the pos­i­tive feed­back we got for our small ef­forts last year [in­ter­nally within the club], we re­ally wanted to make an im­pact with as many of the Fi­jian families as we could,” Jack­son said.

“The schools and their chil­dren have re­ally em­braced the op­por­tu­nity and we en­cour­age any­one read­ing this to do the same. If you have shoes with some life still in them clut­ter­ing the cup­board; kick­start your spring clean and bring them down to the race.”

The Whit­sun­day Triathlon Club will train on Satur­day from 6am (adults) and 7.30am (ju­niors) with train­ing of­fi­cer James Car­man.

For more in­for­ma­tion or help find­ing team mem­bers, con­tact Steve Jack­son on 0408 236 483.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Hamil­ton Is­land State School's Kallen Brodie joins the wave of shoe do­na­tions.

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