Triathletes head to Canada to take on world’s best
FOUR Gladstone triathletes are preparing to fly the flag for Australia at three international meets next month, flying to Canada and China to enter the gruelling events.
After years of training long hours on the bike, road and in the pool, the four triathletes will pull on the green and gold and push their bodies to the limit in the events.
While Karlene Kilgour, Cheryl Ogden and Anton Guinea will challenge the best in the world at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in China on September 21, Brent Sweeney will head to Canada.
"The race is September 1 for me, in Edmonton, Canada," Sweeney said.
"I did two races last year, in September and December and placed highly which got me into the Australian team."
Sweeney is the odd one out of the Gladstone quartet, racing the Olympic distance as opposed to the long distance.
In a team of eight Australians among 100 competitors, Sweeney believes his three years of experience and dedication could see his name feature much better than mid-pack.
"I am not going to set the world on fire," he said. "I hope to finish somewhere in the top half, top 30 would be great."
Guinea is much the same with his expectations when he hits the course in Quebec on September 6, at the Ironman World Championships before his competition in the Australian jersey in China.
Hoping to swim, cycle and run his way into the top 30 of his division, Guinea will have the support of Gladstone business One Dental behind him.
Despite not attending official Australian team qualifying events last year, Guinea submitted some classy times from three events to be considered among Australia's elite and was given a green and gold jersey.
"I will be competing in the World Half Ironman Championships two weeks before China, so all injuries aside, it should be a good race in China." he said.
"I placed highly in the events which was enough to make the team."
All the athletes will be competing for individual honours as well as part of the Australian teams, and plan to spend every bit of energy available to be as quick as possible.