Return of triathlons boost economy
THE newly formed Bargara Triathlon Club has unveiled a new three-event series hoped to fill a void in Bundaberg's sporting landscape.
Bundaberg has not hosted its own Triathlon since 2003 and as it stands, enthusiasts have to travel to Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast to compete.
Bargara Triathlon Club president Brian Wilson said the series would address a long-standing lack of triathlon events in the region.
“There’s a huge demand for this sort of thing locally, and I don’t think it’s good enough people have to travel to be able to enjoy it,” he said.
“These sort of events are a huge ecomomic boost for towns and are an important part of our sporting culture.”
The event will feature an aquaton and triathlon in Moore Park and a duathlon in Bundaberg.
Wilson said similar events in Hervey Bay Triathlon Club hosted regularly attract hundreds of competitors.
“You see the numbers they get in Hervey Bay and other places and it really makes you wonder why we don’t hold our own,” he said.
“We hope the series will emerge to become a popular fixture of the Queensland triathlon calendar and attract interstate entrants.”
Wilson suggested potential entrants start training for the first aquathon now.
“I think it’s going to prove to be pretty competitive,” he said.
“It’s time to get out there under the sun and enjoy running, swimming and cycling.”
Wilson hoped the events would attract cyclists and surf-lifesaving competitors as well as triathletes.
“It’s something anybody with a reasonable level of fitness can try their hand at,” he said.
“We hope it will introduce some people to the sport and encourage some juniors to get involved.”
The Aquathon, to be held October 16, will feature a 1km swim at Moore Park Beach and an 8km run
The triathlon will be held in Moore Park in March next year and the duathlon will be held in Bundaberg the following month.