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Numbers exceed expectation for upcoming Olympic tri

TRIATHLON COMPETITORS: Evella McKay, Vinnie Vella, Chase Ricciardi, Charlie Ellem and Jacob Marinelli (front), Caiden Everingham, Dehan Pretorius, Lily Vella, Caleb Ricciardi, Joey Vella and Allison Vella (middle), Kate Crook, Lucas Deer, Jaymee Ericson, Marianna Konopka and Josh Vella (back) will all compete this Sunday in Bargara.
TRIATHLON COMPETITORS: Evella McKay, Vinnie Vella, Chase Ricciardi, Charlie Ellem and Jacob Marinelli (front), Caiden Everingham, Dehan Pretorius, Lily Vella, Caleb Ricciardi, Joey Vella and Allison Vella (middle), Kate Crook, Lucas Deer, Jaymee Ericson, Marianna Konopka and Josh Vella (back) will all compete this Sunday in Bargara. Mike Knott BUN180417TRIATHLON1

TRIATHLON: The Bargara Triathlon Club is confident this year's Olympic triathlon could be the start of a yearly event for the region.

As the club puts the finishing touches on the first one to be held this Sunday, they are already looking at future tri events.

During the event, competitors will compete in either an Olympic triathlon, a come-and-try triathlon or for the junior Turtles.

Currently around 250 have committed with entries still open for the event.

"We always spoke about getting that many people for the event," Bargara Triathlon Club president Dwayne McKay said.

"We're near that mark now and whatever we get is a bonus."

And the interest has exceeded expectations.

"That's been the massive tick, the community has embraced it," McKay said

"We've not had one person put their hand up and say they don't want it."

The support from outside the region is also strong.

"We've got some huge names coming from down south," McKay said.

"Nathan Fitzakerly (who won a triathlon last year) is coming to compete."

This has led the Bargara club to make sure they are ready to compete for honours at their home event.

"A lot of people are training together which is nice to see," McKay said.

"The rivalry from our sister clubs Hervey Bay and the likes is heating up.

McKay is confident this won't be the last one either.

"I hope this is the first of many," he said.

"To me it seems it is just going to get bigger and better."

The event will start at 6.45am in the morning.

To register for the event head to http://bit.ly/2k1ldg4.

Entries close tomorrow at midnight.