Thursday, August 24, 2023


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Ironman Legend Set For Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival

The Coral Sea Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival is only seven days away with a record field nominated and the event has been boosted by late news that former Netherlands superstar Lotte Wilms will be joining in the female professional field.

Wilms is now based in Sydney and is a multiple winner on the World triathlon circuit with her most recent victory in lronman Austria on June 20.

The Airlie Beach Triathlon will be her final warm-up event before heading off to the first staging of the Professional Triathletes Organisation Asian Open event in Singapore August 19 and 20.

Race director Michael Kimpton said the late entry of Wilms gives the 2023 Airlie Beach triathlon the€ strongest field in the event's history.

"But wait there’s more.... next weekend's event will also see our local star Daniel McDonnells debut as a Professional after just being granted his Professional licence by Triathlon Australia.

"As exciting as the men's and women's Pro fields with the spotlight on the first day of the festival being shone on the juniors as they race on Saturday in Under 8's, Under 10's and 11 years plus.

“It’s not too late to nominate so I encourage all juniors keen to try the sport of triathlon and jump on to our website and enrol.

"The club are humbled to be able to announce a new award, the Stirling Edwards-Bland Perpetual Junior Encouragement Award Trophy in memory of a local young athlete whose life was tragically cut short in a car accident last year.

Kimpton said events like the Coral Sea Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival do not happen without amazing support from sponsors and volunteers.

"They say it takes a village to raise a child and that is also true when staging such a huge weekend of triathlon racing.

"l want to extend our sincerest thanks to all sponsors tor their support and the club looks forward to continuing this partnership in the future and exploring now opportunities to collaborate and grow together.

"The club are still seeking volunteers so whether you are a seasoned volunteer or a newbie, your contribution will make a meaningful impact on our event and help create a memorable experience for all involved," Kimpton said.

"There are a variety of roles available, including registration, water safety positions, first aid tent, course marshalling, guidance marshals, water stations and transition area support.

"Volunteers are the backbone of any event, and it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others and give back to our community.

"It is only with the support of our amazing volunteers that we can create an 6vent that showcases the very best of Airlie Beach.

"If anyone is interested in joining our team volunteers, I encourage you to contact our dedicated volunteer coordinator Val Kimpton, on 0438 717 819.

Netherlands superstar Lotte Wilms will be joining in the female professional field. Photo credit: Triathlon Today

A spotlight on the first day of the festival will be shone on the juniors as they race. Photo supplied

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