Mikeely Roberts emerges from the ocean in the Wide Bay triathlon selection trials, held on the weekend.
Mikeely Roberts emerges from the ocean in the Wide Bay triathlon selection trials, held on the weekend. Valerie Horton

Triathletes aim for the top

THE WIDE Bay came second at the Queensland State Secondary School Aquathon and Triathlon Championships last year.

This year organiser Brian Harrington is hoping the team can go one better.

The Wide Bay team that will compete in the titles at Redcliffe in February next year was selected on Saturday at the Wide Bay selection trials.

An aquathon and a triathlon were held for the various ages groups.

There were about 75 kids competing and 10 competitors from each age group were selected.

The team that competed earlier this year finished second to the Gold Coast and the Fraser Coast became home to junior triathlon champion, Christian Wilson.

Wilson, 14, will return to compete in the titles next year after winning the intermediates event on the weekend.

His sister, D’Arcie, 11, came second in the aquathon and his brother Daniel, 9, finished seventh in the aquathon, meaning they will also qualify for the championships.

Harrington said he is hoping this year more Wide Bay competitors will return home as junior champions in their respective divisions.

Harrington said the trials were enjoyed by all competitors and he was impressed with the way they performed, especially in the trying weather conditions.

“It started raining quite heavily but there were no accidents, which is the most important thing,” he said.



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