Maryborough couple Bill and Jenny Gunn prepare for the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Auckland later this month. Photo: Megan Pope
Maryborough couple Bill and Jenny Gunn prepare for the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Auckland later this month. Photo: Megan Pope Megan Pope

Big Gunns to take on world

WATCH out world here come Maryborough's big guns - Bill and Jenny Gunn that is.

The Maryborough couple has been selected to represent Australia at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Auckland later this month.

The pair will line up in the 55-59 age group and will tackle the sprint distance (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run).

While this will be their first world triathlon championship, for Bill, 59, this is not his first shot at a world title.

In 1994 he stormed into the 400m final in the 40-45 age group at the World Masters Games in Brisbane.

A doctor by day, Bill feeds off a competitive streak which is also fuelling his drive to perform well in New Zealand.

"It's part of my nature to be involved in sport and it doesn't matter what it is, I set goals and I aim to achieve them," he said.

"I'll be one of the oldest in my age group, but I would like to come in the top 50.

"I'm really excited to see the top competitors and guys in my age group.

"The top guys in the field are unbelievably fit and run faster than I ever did when I was in my 30s or 40s."

As for Jenny, 58, her attitude is clearly a lot different.

"It's going to be hilarious," she said.

"Just to finish without any injuries would be great."

But on a serious note, Jenny, a student counsellor at USQ, said she was happy she could share the excitement of world titles with her husband.

"It's one of the reasons we started triathlon as it helps grow your relationship," she said.

"He'll probably go flying past me but we will really enjoy the moment together."

The pair competed in a number of state titles and was selected in the Australian team based on points gathered from the events.

They usually train about nine hours a week but leading into their next challenge have almost doubled their training time.

Bill and Jenny joined Strack Attack Triathlon Squad about six years and are coached by Jenny Strack.

Six Maryborough athletes, including Strack, will make the journey to New Zealand for the championship, which starts on October 20.

Maryborough athletes competes at this year's ITU World Triathlon Championship

Sprint distance (750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run):

Bill Gunn

Jenny Gunn

Jenny Strack

Pete Hansen

Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run):

Cassie Percival

Hayle Young



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