Elite stars shine


IT WAS a day for the elite young-guns of triathlon on Hamilton Island over the weekend , with the junior world triathlon champion Ashleigh Gentle winning the women's division of the event and up-and-coming shining star Ryan Fisher winning the men's division of the gruelling sprint event.

More than 200 athletes from all over Australia lined up for honours at the Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon in humid conditions.

The first Whitsunday local athlete to cross the line was 15-year-old Luke Henry from Proserpine.

Luke crossed the line 11th overall and placed third in the junior division (14-19 year olds).

Hamilton Island Chief executive Glenn Bourke said the event provided a great opportunity for age-group athletes to race alongside elite heroes of the sport and enjoy a series of intense workshops in the lead up to the event.

“The event was a spectacle, with the 750 metre swim taking place in the pristine waters of Catseye Bay, the 20km cycle enveloping the runway at the Great Barrier Reef airport and the 5km run through Hamilton Island,” he said.

“To have such a strong field of State, national and international representatives competing in our event, alongside local triathlon club members is very special.”

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