Thursday, July 11, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Local Festival Wins Big

The Coral Sea Marina Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival has been awarded the prestigious AusTriathlon Queensland Club Initiative of the Year Award for its invigoration of their outstanding 2023 event.

The top club award accolade recognises the festival’s exceptional contribution to the sport of triathlon and its impact on the local community.

Whitsunday Triathlon Club President and Festival race Director Mick Kimpton and wife Val attended the awards in Brisbane on Sunday and were elated their club had been recognised after several difficult years in the post covid era.

Kimpton said winning the AusTriathlon Qld Club Initiative of the Year Award was a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the Coral Sea Marina Resort Triathlon Festival.

“We are thrilled to receive this award as it highlights the club’s efforts to create a world-class event that brings together athletes, volunteers, and spectators in celebration of the sport and our stunning Whitsunday region,” he said.

“The revitalisation of our major annual event after the setbacks of Covid interruptions and losing our major sponsors has been nothing short of remarkable.

“The small but hard-working committee and club volunteers rolled their sleeves up and supported by many a new major sponsor and many smaller local sponsors the 2023 Coral Sea Marina Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival was an outstanding success.

“The 2023 Coral Sea Marina Resort Marina Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival attracted a record number of participants, with professional and amateur athletes from across the country competing in various categories.”

Kimpton said the AusTriathlon judges praised the event's innovative approach, community engagement, and commitment to sustainability as key factors in their decision in awarding the event as 2023 Club Initiative of the Year.

“This two-day festival not only showcases the natural beauty of the Whitsundays but also promotes a healthy and active lifestyle among our residents and visitors,” he said.

“Winning this award has inspired us to aim for new heights and the 2024 event on July 27-28 promises to be a triathlon festival like no other!

“If the attendance of Olympic swim legend Susie O’Neill, the voice of triathlon Pete Murray and the biggest professional field ever are not enough to get you excited then we are thrilled that the Coral Sea Marina Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival is also now host of the North Queensland Club Triathlon Championships in 2024.

“So, mark your calendars and get ready for an adrenaline-pumping event on the shores of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands with a record field already nominated for the 24th anniversary of the event,” Kimpton said.

“With the backing of Coral Sea Marina Resort and all of our amazing local sponsors the festival is on track to become a hallmark event for our region, drawing athletes and spectators to enjoy the beauty of the Whitsundays.”

The Whitsunday Triathlon Club is also currently seeking volunteers from local sporting clubs to assist at the upcoming Triathlon event on Sunday, July 28th.

The club is offering a $1000 donation to your club for providing 10 volunteers, with the potential to earn more based on the number of volunteers you can provide. In addition to the monetary compensation, the club will also provide Volunteer goodie packs to keep people energized throughout the morning.

Volunteers will be needed from 5:30am to 11am. If your club is interested in participating, please contact the Whitsunday Triathlon Club at

Whitsunday Triathlon Club President and Festival race Director Mick Kimpton and wife Val were in Brisbane last week to accept the award. Photo supplied

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