Brothers try hard at state titles
SHAUN and Alec Lee may be only new to triathlon, but the Gympie brothers are already making their mark.
The pair has just competed as members of the Wide Bay team at the Queensland School Sports Triathlon Championships held at Suttons Beach at Redcliffe.
Shaun, 15, won a gold medal in the relay event when he teamed up with Hervey Bay athletes Christian Wilson and Mitchell Sutton.
Shaun, a gifted middle distance runner, ran the run leg to bring home the gold medal for Wide Bay.
In the individual event he finished in the top 20 after a disappointing swim.
"It is really good fun," Shaun said.
"I could see myself competing a lot more, I just need to get better at swimming.
"I was one of the last ones out of the water in rough conditions.
"I haven't done much ocean swimming.
"I swallowed so much water."
Alec had a different problem.
The Gympie Gold Fins trained swimmer finished in the top 10 on the swim leg, but fell away on the bike leg and ended up finishing in the top 25.
He said he usually swam to keep fit and didn't compete in races for the Gympie Swimming Club.
Alec's goal is to finish in the top 10 next year.
At 12 this year, he competed in the under-14 division and still has another year in the age group.
"I have only been competing for six months and need more practice on the bike," Alec said.
"Hopefully I can improve about 15 places in my age group next year," he said.
Shaun has also just returned from a successful stint at the Queensland Athletics Championships where he claimed a silver medal running in the 3000m.