Bundaberg athletes ready for a cold reception in Canada

CANADA BOUND: Andrew Martin and Sherry Ey are off to Canada to compete in the 70.3 Ironman World Championships. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
CANADA BOUND: Andrew Martin and Sherry Ey are off to Canada to compete in the 70.3 Ironman World Championships. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

WHEN travellers search for Mont-Tremblant, Canada, on the internet they find dozens of beautiful photographs featuring snow-capped mountains, maps of ski runs and picturesque resorts where hot chocolate would be on tap to warm everyone up after they come in from the cold.

The kind of place where there is always something to do and also where a few layers of clothing is never enough.

And when Bundaberg's Sherry Ey and Andrew Martin start their adventure at the foot of Mont-Tremblant they will be decked out in little more than a thin coating of lycra and a wetsuit.

Ey and Martin are flying to Canada Sunday to compete at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on September 7.

With months of preparation under their belts there is no doubt they are both fit enough but Martin said the temperature of the water was the only thing, in the nearly five hours he will race for, that concerns him.

Ey cast her mind back to a past event where conditions were similar and she said strangely her least favourite leg (swim) might give her a chance to warm up.

"The water temperature in New Zealand was 16 degrees and that was really warm compared to what the sand and the air was," Ey said.

"We had to get in the water to warm up - so I'm not really worried about the weather after being that cold."

Against 170 competitors in her age group (45-49 years) Ey will be in one of the last waves to leave the start line and was already looking forward the end of the swim leg.

Martin did a full ironman (3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run) in Melbourne and he said after his experience there he wasn't daunted by any part of his race.

"I don't mind all of them now, before Melbourne when I did a full ironman down there I was a bit apprehensive about the swim because I was running into the water with 2,500 people," Martin said.

"That ended up being the most relaxing part of the whole day once you got into the swim."

The luxury resorts will taunt the pair as they swim 1.9km in a cool lake, ride 90km over undulating terrain with a total climb of 900m (15% maximum gradient) and run a half marathon (21.1km).

But far from being apprehensive they both are looking forward to standing on the start line with hundreds of the fittest athletes in the world.

While Ey and Martin are racing around Mont-Tremblant paratriathlete Mark Urquhart will be competing in the world championships in Edmonton. For Bundaberg to have three athletes in the Australian team shows the future of the sport here is bright.

Topics:  bundaberg canada sport

Hospital board chair Dominic Devine has stepped down

HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE: Wide Bay Health Chief Dominic Devine outside the doors of the original building of the Bundaberg Base Hospital. 
Photo: Zach Hogg / NewsMail

Deputy chair Barbara Hovard OAM will assume the role of acting chair

Unique approach sets our SES apart as state's best

TOP HONOURS: Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey with Bundaberg Regional SES Unit members Clint Lythall, Ray Smith, Jeff Green, Samantha Clough, Robert DeFlorian and Amanda Green.

Top honours for our SES volunteers

Grazier avoids conviction over marijuana crop

CROP: Captain Creek grazier Bailey Mitchell Crighton pleaded guilty to growing marijuana.

Livestock farmer given chance to protect livelihood

Local Partners

Unique approach sets our SES apart as state's best

THE region's nine SES groups and its volunteers have been recognised as the state's best at an awards ceremony in Brisbane.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Ruby Mills misses out on spot in Mel B's underdog team

Bundaberg singer Ruby Mills pictured during the three-seat challenge on The X Factor.

BUNDABERG singer officially out of contention for singing show.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.