Local students dig deep for annual school triathlon
HUNDREDS of students from schools across the region took to Tin Can Bay last Friday for the annual Cooloola All Schools Triathlon.
The day saw young athletes swim, cycle and run across a beautiful beachside backdrop.
Organiser Shereene Moy says the event has always focused on participation and enjoyment rather than only competition.
"I don't want to create the impression it's a lightweight event though,” she adds. "All of the competitors are taking it seriously, but I don't think there's as intense an atmosphere to be found.”
There were strong showings in the 12-and-under individual races by Federal State School's Jed Hamblin and Molly Hodgson from Cooloola Christian College, with their nearest competitors trailing by over a minute.
Elsewhere, CCC's Jack Hodgson dominated the competition with a near-two minute lead as he took out first place for the 12-and-under boys, an impressive result echoed by Victory's Piper Treeby in the girls comp.
St. Patrick's Jonathan Curry had arguably the best result of the day in the 16-and-under division, completing the course in an impressive 41 minutes.
Competition was fierce for the teams too, Rainbow Beach and CCC taking out the 12-and-under division with impressive results.
James Nash reigned supreme in the 14-and-under category, with the male and mixed teams boasting leads of over five minutes each.
St. Patrick's, Mary Valley State College and Cooloola Christian College took out the 16-and-under competition, with CCC winning the 19-years-and-under race too.