Mul­tisport has world of sup­port

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Sport -

It will again be the race that stops the com­mu­nity. A world qual­i­fier held over two states fea­tur­ing an iconic bridge run and a Lake Mul­wala hug­ging course that will at­tract com­peti­tors from all over Aus­tralia.

But it sim­ply would not hap­pen with­out the sup­port of the event’s ma­jor spon­sors; Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Tourism and Busi­ness (YMTB), the Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club, McDon­alds Yar­ra­wonga and now Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil.

YMTB started the event seven years ago with Triathlon Vic­to­ria and in 2016 Sa­cred Heart School’s Splash and Dash Com­mit­tee took over the event with the sup­port of Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club.

The triathlon part of fes­ti­val now takes place on the Satur­day af­ter­noon from the Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club and the usual Splash and Dash fun runs will re­sume their nor­mal for­mat on Sun­day morn­ing on the Yar­ra­wonga Fore­shore.

The Sun­day fun runs are sup­ported by ma­jor spon­sor McDon­alds Yar­ra­wonga and will again fea­ture a cor­po­rate chal­lenge that will be rais­ing funds for the lo­cal hos­pi­tal as part of the Yar­ra­wonga Health’s new Help­ing Hands ini­tia­tive.

Sa­cred Heart School’s Splash and Dash Com­mit­tee will for the third time run the fes­ti­val as a fundrais­ing com­mu­nity event.

Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Tourism Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Noel Wright is im­pressed with the progress of the event and is look­ing for­ward to this year’s event grow­ing.

“The event is in its sixth year and at­tracts many ath­letes from all over Aus­tralia in­ject­ing more than $1.3 mil­lion into the lo­cal econ­omy,” Noel Wright said.

“Hav­ing the Splash and Dash Com­mit­tee in­volved pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to stamp their mark on this fan­tas­tic event which we want to keep here for years to come.”

With the sup­port of the Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club the event vil­lage has been shifted to the Ski Club har­bour which fea­tures en­ter­tain­ment and an even big­ger car­ni­val at­mos­phere.

Mul­wala Wa­ter Ski Club Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Peter Dun­can said the club has been proud to be as­so­ci­ated with such a great event over the last sev­eral years and heaped praise on the new com­mit­tee and their ini­tia­tives.

“This event brings a great eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity and I con­grat­u­late the Splash and Dash com­mit­tee who have worked ex­tremely hard to grow this event,” Peter Dun­can said.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Mayor Pat Bourke said the coun­cil was proud to spon­sor the fes­ti­val.

“Sport plays a huge part in the lives of our res­i­dents, and as such, coun­cil is proud to spon­sor the mul­tisport event,” Mayor Bourke said.

“With the op­por­tu­ni­ties sport pro­vides, it un­doubt­edly sets strong foun­da­tions for team­work, courage, in­clu­sive­ness, and lead­er­ship, and I re­ally look for­ward to see­ing ev­ery­one in­volved and con­grat­u­lat­ing them on the many suc­cesses that are sure to re­sult dur­ing the two day event.

“By sup­port­ing the mul­tisport fes­ti­val it also pro­vides coun­cil, our res­i­dents, fel­low spon­sors and lo­cal busi­nesses with the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the beau­ti­ful re­gion that is Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala.”

The pop­u­lar Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Mul­tisport Fes­ti­val (YMMF) has again won the rights to be a qual­i­fy­ing event for the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Se­ries Grand Fi­nal and World Cham­pi­onships to be held in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land next year.

Mul­tisport com­mit­tee mem­ber Jared Lough­nan said the qual­i­fi­ca­tion was a sig­nif­i­cant win for YMMF as it builds to be the best re­gional triathlon in Aus­tralia.

“Be­ing a qual­i­fy­ing event for the Worlds Cham­pi­onships is great for the area,” Jared said.

“The world cham­pi­onships were held on the Gold Coast last month and this has raised the pro­file of our event.

“Added to the world qual­i­fier we will again be part of Triathlon Vic­to­ria’s State Se­ries which also at­tracts many triath­letes from Mel­bourne and sur­rounds.”

This year’s event will be held on Oc­to­ber 20 and 21 with the triathlon events be­ing held on the Satur­day and the Fore­shore Fam­ily Run Runs and Yar­ra­wonga Health’s Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge be­ing held on the Sun­day morn­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ymmf. or like the events Face­book page for up­dates.

The unique cross-bor­der course at­tracts ath­letes from all over Aus­tralia to com­pete in the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Mul­tisport Fes­ti­val.

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