Students set to tri
FOURTEEN Maryborough school students will be hard at work tomorrow.
Not in a classroom but in the Noosa Special Triathlon.
The Maryborough Special School students will give it their all over an event comprising of a 200 metre swim, a 3km bike ride, and 1km run to the finishing line.
The triathlon will be the culmination of six months worth of hard work for the students.
Maryborough Special School principal Beth Devonshire said this was the fourth year in a row her students had participated in the event, with numbers growing from four in the first year to 14 this time around.
“The event gains popularity each year and has now become part of the school’s life based learning programmes and is an annual event for some students,” she said.
“For two of the students, Jordan Glazier and Shaun Mills, this will be their fourth triathlon while for five it will be their third.
“The students keep returning to the event and gaining more confidence each time – they love it.”
The Noosa Triathlon is the only event in Queensland that has a section for persons with a disability and Devonshire said her students had been training hard for it.
“They have been training in their lunch times, three days a week, since July,” Devonshire said.
“They have been assisted in their preparation by at number of staff at the school and for some students, participation in this event forms part of their activities toward the achievement of their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
“It is a fun activity that focuses on setting goals and keeping fit through regular exercise at the same time.
“All the students are really looking forward to their weekend at Noosa and the whole school community is supporting them.”