Thursday, March 21, 2024


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Olympic Medallist Set To Attend 2024 Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival

The 24th Coral Sea Marina Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival is set to take place later this year and a host of exciting special guests are due to attend the event.

Olympic swimming legend Susie O’Neill will attend and take the role of Swim Ambassador for the weekend.

During her swimming career, Susie won two Olympic Gold medals, one in the in 200 metre butterfly and the second in the 200 metre freestyle.

Also in attendance will be the Voice of Triathlon both here in Australia and Internationally, Pete Murray, who will be the festival MC.

“Our Professional field will be the strongest ever with a host of female and male Professional Triathlete Ambassadors with Olympic and Commonwealth Games under their belts,” said, triathlon Festival Director, Michael Kimpton.

"Triathlon Queensland have also endorsed our race as the NQ Club Championships and the aim of our very small (seven person) but hard-working committee is to continue to run this event as a not-for-profit race and reinvest all sponsorship into growing the event.


“Our aim is to make the 2024 Coral Sea Marina Resort Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival a hallmark event for our region, attracting competitors and their families to stay and play in the amazing Whitsundays. 

“The Triathlon Festival is not just a race; it's a race experience like no other, set against the stunning backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef.”

The triathlon differs from others, offering a variety of different stages.

It offers an Olympic distance, Sprint, Enticer, Junior triathlons and a range of ocean swim distances.

There is also the popular Junior Events which attracted hundreds of competitors, family and friends last year.

1: Olympic Gold Medallist, Susie O’Neill, is the Swim Ambassador for the Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival. Photo supplied

2: Hundreds attended the Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival last year. Photo credit: Korupt Vision

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