Olsen eyes world championships in bumper triathlon year
IF ANYBODY can realise a dream it is Lars Olsen.
Olsen has accomplished much in his 32 years so far.
He was a top-quality competitive swimmer, he worked with charities overseas (mainly in Nepal), and in 2008 was Queensland's Young Australian of the Year.
While active on many fronts locally Olsen is most often seen driving B Mee Triathlon & Multisport, and is a regular in local, state and national-level triathlons.
Olsen will be one of many competing in Hervey Bay Triathlon Club's fifth race of the season on Sunday, but his goal is to compete on a much higher level.
"My plan for 2016 is to make the Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Mooloolaba," Olsen said.
To do it, Olsen will have to qualify at the Cairns event on June 12, where 50 qualifying spots are open.
He will be one of several local athletes trying to qualify as Australia hosts the Ironman 70.3 World Championships for the first time.
"It's going to be tough," he said. "It's a very competitive age group (30-34). You'd probably find more than half of the competitors between those 30 to 44 age groups."
Qualification depends on the age group but Olsen said he would have to finish in the top two to ensure he gains entry to the September 4 World Championships.
While he chases his goals Olsen will help Hervey Bay athletes conquer theirs.
Olsen coaches many Hervey Bay Triathlon Club members through B Mee, ranging from beginners to junior star Brandi Alberts.
"We have big things planned for the B Mee crew," Olsen said. "A lot more camps, and we'll compete at a few more competitions.
"Our focus will be on health and diet this year so it's not only about competitive goals - it's making sure they all fit in."