Tri advice from Olympian
TRIATHLON: Athens Olympian Maxine Seear has spent the weekend in the Whitsundays helping fine-tune local athletes' preparations for the Hamilton Island Triathlon.
Seear burst onto the triathlon scene in the early 2000s, surprising many with her quick ascension in the sport and qualifying for Athens before injury derailed her shot at glory.
Seear underwent numerous surgeries and comebacks over the ensuing years, and was even a placegetter numerous times at both the Hamilton Island Triathlon and the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim.
After some time away from the sport, Seear has begun to dabble in coaching, helping at both the grassroots and elite level.
Equipped with her own athletic experiences, an in-depth knowledge of the Hamilton Island event and a passion to help athletes of all abilities, Seear happily accepted the invitation of Whitsunday Triathlon Club president Steve Jackson.
"The Hamilton Island event is such an iconic event and I've always enjoyed the Whitsundays, so it was an easy decision to come back and conduct a training camp," she said.
"All the athletes have been so receptive so I've really enjoyed working with the club."
The camp focused on skill development, with sessions on stroke correction and body alignment in the water, race starts (both beach and deep water), transitions, group riding skills and etiquette, run technique and yoga to improve recovery and prevent injury.
Entries have sold out for the triathlon but remain open for the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim.
For more information visit http://www.hamiltonisland.com.au.