Sport

Jellyfish reign on beach as aquathon is moved to pool

Jordan King and Matt Hauser will compete in Sunday's aquathon which has been moved to the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.
Jordan King and Matt Hauser will compete in Sunday's aquathon which has been moved to the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre. Alistair Brightman

ATHLETES competing in the latest round of the Hervey Bay Triathlon series will dip into unchartered waters on Sunday - a swimming pool.

Organisers have had to move the location of the aquathon race due to the blue blubber jellyfish that have inhabited the waters along Hervey Bay's beaches.

The event was scheduled to be held at Ron Beaton Park in Torquay, but the swim legs will be held at Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre.

The decision comes just a few days after the Australia Day Club 2 Pub ocean swim was postponed due to the plague of jellyfish.

Hervey Bay Triathlon Club president Ron Morgan said the club was simply taking precautionary measures and was relieved they had an alternative to make sure the race could go ahead.

"It's only the second time in probably 15 years that we have had to change or altered an event," he said.

The format of the opens race will comprise of three 2km runs along the side of Raward Rd, Torquay, and two 400m swims in the pool.

While it's the first time the swim portion of a HBTC race has been in a pool, Morgan was still expecting strong numbers to turn out.

"I think it is quite exciting and will be a fast race," he said.

"I expect to see a lot of action and because it is something different I think most people will enjoy it for a change.

"Because it is in a small area, it will also be spectator friendly."

For many the first race of the year will be a chance for athletes to burn off some of the Christmas turkey.

Morgan expects the youngsters to set the pace.

"These sorts of events (aquathons) favour the younger contestants," he said.

That is music to the ears of junior coach Brian Harrington.

Harrington, who is also the Wide Bay and Queensland state schools triathlon coach, said about 30 young athletes will use Sunday's race as a warm-up to next month's state titles at Redcliffe.

Junior races start at 5.45am before seniors get going at 6.45am.

Registrations will remain open until the start of races and late fees have been waived.

To register online or for more information including the intermediate and team events, visit herveybaytriclub.org.au 

Topics:  hervey bay triathlon



Family of Granville man who lost house in fire thank public

The remains of a home in Granville after a fire gutted it in the early hours of January 12.

“He got out in just a pair of shorts and with his dog."

SOLD: Maryborough hotel under new ownership

Sharon Crane at the Royal Hotel in Maryborough, which she and her husband Stephen recently purchased.

The Royal Hotel has new owners.

Irukandji symptoms and what you need to do if stung

FIRST AID: Irukandji - Irrigate sting with vinegar for up to 30 seconds, call an ambulance.

Irukandji affects people differently.

Local Partners

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

Amber Heard 'smitten' with Elon Musk

Amber Heard

ACTRESS is reportedly excited about going public with new boyfriend

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!