Youngster Josh Kelly is expected to put in a strong performance.
Youngster Josh Kelly is expected to put in a strong performance.

It?s tri-time

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

RACE two of the Gladstone 2004/05 Triathlon series will be staged at Spinnaker Park on Sunday.

About 40 triathletes from Gladstone and surrounding clubs are expecting to take part in the event in short and long course and Iron Kids categories.

The Iron Kids race will consist of a 100 metre swim, 2km ride and 400 metre run.

The short course will comprise a 250 metre swim, 10km ride and 2 km run; and the long course will be a 500 metre swim, 20 km ride and 4km run.

Event organiser Mark Davis said a high quality of participation was expected for the event, after race one, the Tannum Triathlon, was well attended.

"We had a pretty successful Tannum Triathlon so it looks good for this weekend,'' Davis said.

Davis said some of the competitors had had a strong lead-up to the event with a recent trip to the Noosa Triathlon.

Local Steve Kanowski fared well, finishing fifth in his field and according to Davis is expected to be strong again this weekend in the men's division.

Local women also impressed in Noosa with Petro Kuiper finishing sixth in her division.

"Steve should be up there for the men, if he attends and Petro is always strong for the women,'' Davis said.

But it won't just be a race for the established athletes, with up and comers to take part in the event as well.

An Iron Kids category will give younger kids the chance to hone their triathlon skills, while other youngsters are expected to compete against the seniors.

Two youngsters Davis expected to fare well against the seniors were Josh Kelly and Kaitlyn McMahon who will travel to Redcliff next year to compete in the state finals as part of the Capricornia team.

Fifteen-year-old Kelly is expected to take part in the long course race, while McMahon, a 13-year-old local, will line up for the short course.

Davis said McMahon was a promising up-and-comer after winning the open women's category in race one of the season.



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