Festival places Townsville on the world stage and provides Australia with a winter race destination
The Sportscene Townsville Triathlon Festival has been successful in its bid to become a World Championship qualifying event. The Festival will become one of only eight recognised by accreditation authority, Triathlon Australia, when it joins as the first event of the 2014/15 World Championship [National Age-Group; Olympic distance] qualifying season on July 12 – 13, 2014.
Festival Committee President Clayton Cook said the accreditation would provide a massive boost for the annual Triathlon Festival, now in its 11th year, thanks to its new role as a World Championship preparation destination.
“Triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in the world with race participation showing an increase of around 300% in the past five years for the serious competitor and those just wanting to have a go,” said Cook.
With similar qualifying events selling out in minutes and with a course that is flat and boasting 98% beach and ocean backdrops, Cook expects this event to become one of the most sought after races in Australia.
“This accreditation is fantastic news for the Festival as it puts Townsville on the world triathlon stage and it is sure to attract a huge number of competitors from across Australia,” he said.
The Festival will move to July and become the first qualifying race of the 2014/15 season while taking advantage of Townsville’s enviable winter weather.
“We have a real advantage in that traditionally, winter is the off-season for triathlon simply because it’s too cold to race in the southern states,” said Cook.
“At our event, competitors will have an opportunity to train, accumulate World Championship qualifying points and see how beautiful Townsville is in winter.”