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Triathletes from around the state descend on Agnes Water

Competitors enjoy the surf swim leg at a previous Agnes Water Triathlon.
Competitors enjoy the surf swim leg at a previous Agnes Water Triathlon. Rob Black

THE first competitive triathlon of the new season is on again at Agnes Water this weekend as triathletes from near and far descend on the Discovery Coast.

Agnes Water Triathlon race director Mel Robeck said it was looking like a great weekend of weather for the decade-old race.

"It's looking good for both Saturday and Sunday, with light winds and plenty of sunshine - and not too hot," Ms Robeck said.

"We've got good numbers again this year, with a lot more local juniors in teams and individuals, plus triathletes coming from all over the state.

"Some of the big names who normally compete haven't registered as yet, but most of those elite athletes tend to register on the morning of the race."

Two-time winner of the open men's and defending champion at Agnes Brian McLeod has yet to nominate for Sunday's Sprint, but is likely to show up late, keeping his opposition guessing.

Former Australian representative McLeod is a two-time winner of the Agnes Water Triathlon, blitzing the field as a junior back in 2009 before coming back after a two-year break from the sport to regain his title in 2012.

Hervey Bay's Cass Percival, the women's defending champion, is expected to be the favourite in the women's Sprint if she competes on Sunday.

Former Bororen triathlete Ben Wriede is again likely to push the elite men all the way, while veteran Steve Schofield is always a threat.

A big contingent of the Frenchville Froggies is again coming for the first competitive triathlon of the season.

Ms Robeck has been conducting free training sessions for locals in Agnes Water, with good numbers preparing for the big day on Sunday.

The field will be split between the Sprint of 750m swim, 20km bike leg and 5km run and the Come N Tri event (375m, 10km, 2.5km).

Organisers switched the run leg back into town last year for the first time, as opposed to running back out towards the bike turnaround on Springs Rd, and the crowd and competitors loved it.

On Saturday afternoon the kids take to the beach for the Junior Aquathon, with the under-10s competing in the 250m-100m-250m run-swim-run and the under-14s 1km-200m-1km.

The Agnes Water Triathlon is a Triathlon Queensland-sanctioned event, with TQ officials helping out and supervising on Sunday.

Ms Robeck said local interest in the triathlon was strong in terms of sponsors, as well as competitors and spectators.

As well as cash and prizes for placegetters in individual and teams events, there were random prize draws that included holidays and other prizes.

Registrations for the Junior Aquathon open at 2pm on Saturday for a 2.30pm start, while registrations for the Sprint and Come N Tri open at 6.30am Sunday for a 7.30am start at Tom Jeffery Park at the Agnes Water main beach.

For information or to register, go to agneswatertriathlon.com or call race director Mel Robeck on 0404 881 770.

Topics:  agnes water, fitness, gladstone sport, multisport, triathalon



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