Triathlon a triple treat
IMAGINE monthly triathlons at Bargara, Elliott Heads, Moore Park Beach and even Bucca.
That is the long-term vision of Bargara Athletics Club as they attempt to set up a much-needed triathlon club in the region.
No official club exists, despite many doing the hard yards themselves, or travelling to Hervey Bay or Rockhampton to compete.
Bargara Athletics Club centre manager Brian Wilson believes there is a need for a triathlon club, judging by the level of interest over the past few months, when the idea was first flagged.
The plan is to start small — the first meet is pencilled in for September — and build up to host huge triathlons similar to Noosa within five years.
Rosemary Whiting, one of the driving forces behind the triathlon with Wilson, said fun runs between Bundaberg and Bargara had been held as far back as 1957 but there had been nothing in recent years.
“Plenty of groups train together but not under an official banner,” she said.
“It would make it more social for everyone and getting more kids active, really.
“If you look at the Noosa Tri these days it is amazing how far it can go. There’s nothing to say we can’t do the same ourselves.”
Whiting anticipated runners would team up with cyclists and surf lifesavers in the junior ranks.
“It can be a team sport and the cross training will definitely keep it interesting for the kids,” she said.
“There’s more than enough room for it and we have the full support of Triathlon Queensland.”
Wilson said the Bargara Athletics Club had a very dedicated Little Athletics Committee who are 100% behind the new club and have begun further promotion of the club.
Bargara Athletics Club’s patron, Councillor Greg Barnes, is excited about the new club and believes Bargara is an ideal location to stage such an event.
Last weekend Hervey Bay Triathlon Club hosted their first event of the year and drew in record numbers.
Around 130 members attended the aquathon — a swim and run — and they expected even more at their first triathlon in a fortnight.
“You see the numbers they get in Hervey Bay and other places and it just confirms the fact that a club and meets in Bargara would prove really popular,” Whiting said.
“We’ll take small steps for the time being but in five years there’s every chance it will be huge.”