Competitors taking part in last year's Hamilton Island Triathlon with the identifiable Hamilton Island Yacht Club in the background.
Competitors taking part in last year's Hamilton Island Triathlon with the identifiable Hamilton Island Yacht Club in the background.

Competitors ready for triathlon

TRIATHLON

MORE than 150 competitors are set to take to the start line for the 2010 Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon to be held on the Island this Sunday.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club member and race director Steve Jackson said it was great to see so many people taking part in the event.

“Things are looking really good as we have a 50 per cent increase in competitor numbers from our first year [last year],” he said.

“We've got an outstanding field from former Olympians all the way through to first-timers.

“We're trying to make it a destination race so that people come here to race and experience the Whitsundays first-hand at the same time.

“From the marina to the hills and beach, we're trying to showcase all the factors of the island.”

Heading over to the Island will be a contingent of local triathletes who will look to do the region proud before some Whitsunday Triathlon Club members head to Western Australia for a series of races next month.

With poor weather conditions expected on the day Jackson said it was crucial that the competitors take care on the track which is already renowned for being technical and challenging.

“This is not a PB [personal best time setting] course,” he said.

“It's quite challenging with a couple of climbs and it also has a 270m beach run to the finish line.”

The Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon is part of an overall multi-sports festival which includes the iconic Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim on Friday, November 12 and an informative triathlon workshop which began on Tuesday and finishes tomorrow. On hand to provide advice to the competitors in workshops include elite swimming coach Stefan Vidmar who coaches Australian swimmer Jessicah Schipper.


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