Triathlon festival to be a huge boost for Yeppoon
TRAINING athletes for world championships in Yeppoon is what Glenn Skinner does.
The owner of TCR Training said he could see the huge potential the Capricorn Coast had to be on the map as one of Australia's qualifying triathlon races, bringing thousands of people to the region.
"We're hoping it will bring 400 non-locals to the area for a weekend to a week, so we're encouraging the community to get behind it," Glenn said last week. "So far we've got participants coming from Victoria, New South Wales, and even New Zealand.
"Our overall numbers are down but I think it's just the Queensland way, leaving this to the last minute."
The inaugural Yeppoon Triathlon Festival will be held on August 1 and 2 and will include an open water swimming race, criterium cycling race, a 5km fun run, a free kids aquathon, live entertainment and the standard (Olympic) distance triathlon and sprint distance triathlon.
Glenn said this event would replace the former half iron man event held on the coast.
But he emphasised entrants didn't have to be elite athletes to compete.
"A lot people think because they haven't done one before that they couldn't do it, it can be very daunting," he said.
"But teams are welcome so if you only want to swim, ride or run, we can find you the other members to form your team."
"From a coaching perspective, I don't think people realise how many world champion athletes we've got here in Yeppoon.
"I've been training seven people to compete in overseas competitions."
But Glenn's main aim is to give the local community another family-friendly, feel good event.
"The event's goals are two-fold, because it's bringing a bunch of health-conscious people to the area and it's also bringing tourism and creates a buzz around positive community events," Glenn said. "I think our future here is in events."
Contact Glenn Skinner on 0407 807 147 or
Registrations are now open but early bird registrations close May 8
Go to yeppoontriathlonfestival.com.au/ for more