Ladies tri field blown open
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.