Dubbo triathlon club president Jason Dearmer has labeled race three of the club’s Tri-Star race a resounding success, despite the stifling heat.
The event aims to develop junior talent through participation but the Aquathon is also open to senior athletes.
Competitors swim, ride and run a course at the Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre and Victoria Park.
“The Tri-Stars program gives our juniors a fun environment to compete in and they learn valuable skills through participation. It’s also good for them to see older people having a go too, it’s a family event essentially,” he said.
“The committee takes the event very seriously because we are passionate about having juniors learning and competing. The Tri-Star is very popular, we swim in the pool which helps because some people aren’t comfortable swimming in the river.
“All the competitors finished with pretty good times. The athletes that won their events certainly put some extra work in to ensure they were in good shape for the race.
“Vince Carmichael and Amelie O’Brien are quite good competitors and are becoming very fast. The kids just enjoy being a part of the event and it’s a good way for them to get involved in a sport that is different to contact sports.
“All the winners in the short, medium and long courses are consistent competitors and their results are pleasing to see.”
First Place for each race went to:
Short Course Male: Rory Groen 04:43, Female: Paige Leonard 04:54
Medium course: Male: Vince Carmichael 07:16, Female: Amelie O’Brien 07:22
Long course: Male: Hamish O’Brien 09:45, Female: Elizabeth Butcher 10:18
Aquathon Male: Terry Lyons 15:43, Female: Deb Leonard 11:17