Rocky Rocket Brian McLeod is aiming for the hat-trick after taking the prize in 2009 at the Agnes Water Triathlon.
Rocky Rocket Brian McLeod is aiming for the hat-trick after taking the prize in 2009 at the Agnes Water Triathlon. SUBMITTED

McLeod to tri for three

FORMER Australian junior triathlon star Brian McLeod will be out to make it three from three in the Agnes Water Triathlon on Sunday.

McLeod first blitzed the field at the 2008 Agnes Tri and backed up last year for another outstanding performance.

The Rocky Rocket is expected to be there again from the start in 2010, though the field has grown in both number and strength for this year’s version.

Organiser Mel Robeck said the race had attracted triathletes from all over Queensland, with strong contingents expected from Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

The 2010 Agnes Water Triathlon was saved from cancellation by the Gladstone Regional Council after expenses associated with road closures almost meant it may not go ahead.

“The race was almost cancelled due to stricter road closure regulations,” Ms Robeck said.

“Fortunately the GRC stepped in to provide financial backing to ensure the race could be run.”

Acting Mayor Gail Sellars said the AW Triathlon was an important community event for the Gladstone region and particularly those living or visiting The Discovery Coast.

“Council is pleased to have been able to provide funding of $5000 to cover the cost of traffic control and ensure the event continues to feature as a major highlight on the community calendar,” Cr Sellars said.

The 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run starts at 7.30am on Sunday at the Agnes Water main beach with transition in Tom Jeffery Park, with registration from 6.30am. There is also a half-distance novice race on Sunday and a junior Aquathon on Saturday afternoon from 2.30pm. For further information go to www.agneswatertriathlon.com or phone Mel on 0404 88 1770.

Fortunately the GRC stepped in to provide financial backing to ensure the race could be run.



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