Club left in awe of heroes
said the new Super League Triathlon format would cater to those looking for a change to the conventional triathlon format.
Mr McCormack, a former triathlete himself, said the Super League Triathlon was designed to appeal to people who had never seen the sport before.
“Unfortunately, under the conventional model of triathlon, it’s getting less and less media attention,” he said.
“So by (tailoring) the sport to TV, we are exposing it to a new group of people who may have never seen it before. It’s a very exciting time for the sport.”
He said the format highlighted the competitiveness and resilience of the athletes.
“These are the fittest men on Earth. They are racers, they are aggressive and they are competitive – the world needs to see them,” Mr McCormack said.
Hamilton Island chief executive officer Glenn Bourke said the event came to be hosted on the island after a conversation with his friend.
“Chris is one of the partners in Super League and he’s also a great triathlete in his own right and probably one of the top 10 in the world to have competed,” he said.
“He came to me and said, ‘We’d like to do this for our first event – we know you have a great team and we think your venue in the Whitsundays is spectacular for sending imagery around the world.’
“For me it was a very quick decision. I thought it would be extraordinarily fun for everyone to be involved in.
“We had hundreds of guests and staff lining the streets and the vibe was very positive throughout the weekend.”
Mr Bourke said he’d be happy to host the event again if it was to return.
“This was a proof-ofconcept event. It was the inaugural event and they would like to make it a major international event. Its aim is to be probably the most
high-profile triathlon event in the world,” he said.
“We’re happy to have the first one and if it comes back we’d be delighted.
“They did a spectacular job. I think we’d love to see it again.”
The inaugural race series was televised on Fox Sports Australia and throughout Europe via Eurosport, reaching a global audience across the three days of competition. FOR a handful of Whitsunday Triathlon Club members, it was a dream come true to be involved in the inaugural Super League Triathlon.
While the invitation-only event didn’t feature any local talent, it didn’t stop local triathlon club members volunteering.
Whitsunday Triathlon Club training officer James Carman said they were left in awe at the scale of the race.
“When the Super League weekend was announced it generated a lot of interest, both locally and across the triathlon community. As a club, we recognised the huge opportunity to rub shoulders with the worlds best,” he said.
Several members of the Whitsunday Triathlon Club were key race crew.
“As soon as we arrived on the island, it became very apparent that the race was a big budget, professional race that required perfection at every turn,” Mr Carman said.
“All in all, it was a life-changing experience for the members of the club, having the opportunity to work with such a professional outfit.
“I have been involved in triathlon for around 10 years, the weekend has reinforced why I love the sport.”
CHAMPIONS: The top three finishers at Super League Hamilton Island were Richard Murray, taking home first and $100,000 (middle), with Mario Mola in second place (left) and Australia's Jake Birtwhistle (right) in third.
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