Kids tri their best in Hervey Bay
RON MORGAN wishes he could turn back the clock.
He didn’t contest his first triathlon until he was 46.
But there is no danger of that happening to the next generation at the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club.
The junior ranks at the club are growing each year.
Now more than 60 youngsters from throughout the region have signed on to swim, run and ride their way through the year.
Morgan (pictured below), a life member of the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club, said it was fantastic to see so many youngsters giving the sport a go.
“I think we have just as many junior members as adult ones,” the now 60-year-old Morgan said.
“It’s so good seeing so many having a go.
“I really wish I could do it all again and join in with them (the juniors).
“They have so much fun and they are getting some great exercise while doing it – what more could you want?
“I reckon it certainly beats sitting inside playing computer games or watching TV and so do a lot of parents judging by the support and encouragement they show their kids on race day.”
Morgan, who still competes in the veteran ranks and is looking forward to having another good season, said he was sure that the numbers would continue to grow at the club.
“We had a great turnout for the first race of the season on Sunday (it was an aquathon – competitors swim and run),” Morgan said.
“I think it was the most we’ve ever had.
“The signs are well and truly there that it’s going to be a big year for us.”
The next race on the Hervey Bay Triathlon Club calender will be a triathlon, the first of the season, on February 14 at Pialba’s Seafront Oval.