YOUNG LEADER: Charles Liebenberg, 16, won in the 2017 Agnes Water Triathlon yesterday.
YOUNG LEADER: Charles Liebenberg, 16, won in the 2017 Agnes Water Triathlon yesterday. Mike Richards GLA300917WINN

Charles is the king of the Agnes Water Triathlon

TRIATHLON: Bundaberg rising star Charles Liebenberg took all before him to win the Bendigo Bank Agnes Water Triathlon yesterday.

In what were overcast and humid conditions, the 16-year-old used his class which took him to third place at the Australian Championships earlier this year.

Charles' coach Rebecca Jenner said the teenager is an enthusiastic athlete who suffered a setback in an overseas event.

"He just came back from Rotterdam and he didn't get to race over there because he hit one of the barriers riding his bike and he couldn't complete the race,” Jenner said.

"It was good for him to come back and win this race at Agnes Water.”

Charles did it with ease in just over an hour in the sprint distance event which is made up of a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

Jenner has coached the youngster for four years after Charlie's parents approached her about taking up triathlon.

"He wanted to do triathlons so his parents contacted me,” Jenner said.

"He's mostly good to coach, but sometimes he tries to do too much and I have to rein him in a bit.”

One of the many volunteers and organisers of this event is Chris Palfrey and he said the juniors also showed their wares on Saturday.

"We had a record turnout this afternoon for the Agnes Water Junior Aquathlon,” Palfrey said.

"There were 30 entrants in the under-10 division taking on the 250-metre run, 100 metre swim and 250-metre run.

"The first male was Max O'Brien from Bargara in a time of 3:46 minutes and the first female was Adina Philpott from Gladstone in 4:02 minutes.”

Thirty-seven U14 athletes tackled the 1km run, 250m swim and 1km run with Hayden Small the first male to cross the line in 10:23 minutes and the first female was Emmily Lingard (12:27 minutes)

"All of the kids did extremely well in quite choppy conditions for the swim leg,” Palfrey said.

"The organisers would like to thank our major sponsor, the Agnes Water Pharmacy, as well as M1 Cycles, Gladstone for giving us a great deal on the bikes and Zoggs Australia for donating 30 pairs of goggles to local kids.

"Huge thanks also to the large numbers of surf lifesavers who gave up their time to keep the kids safe and also to the volunteers who helped plan and set up the event.”



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