Training paves way to Hawaii


THE journey has been short for Rockhampton triathlete Grant Tidbury, but his determined effort is already reaping the rewards.

Training twice a day, six days a week, has helped Tidbury land his first Australian age team selection to compete in Hawaii in October.

Tidbury qualified in the 25-29 years male age bracket and joins fellow Rockhampton triathlete Wayne Clifford (40-44 years male).

While Tidbury makes his Australian debut Clifford is preparing for his third world stage appearance and while Clifford admits this opportunity "hasn't lost any thrill to me at all'' he was more happy to see Tidbury's name on the team list.

Clifford wants to improve on a top 20 finish. It has been a rapid rise to the top for Tidbury who has only trained seriously for one season and started this season with a goal of just improving on his own times.

"This has been a brand new experience,'' Tidbury said. The CQ Frenchville Triathlon Club representation does not stop there.

Gladstone's Petro Kuiper (female 35-39) and Mike Dunstan (male 45-49) are joined by former Rockhampton athlete Jodie Spottiswood (female 20-24), now in Brisbane, and other Frenchville club member Joan Beecroft (female 55-59).

The Age Group Triathlon World Championships, covering a 1.5km swim, 40km ride and 10km run, are staged in Honolulu on October 8 and 9.

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