The profile of the Devonport Triathlon continues to grow as it is granted increasing national and international significance.
Since beginning in 1985, the popular annual event has hosted a swag of national and international crowns and the 2019 version is no exception.
This year’s event will host four international and four national crowns, including:
- ITU para triathlon world cup
- OTU sprint distance Oceania championship (elite and under-23)
- OTU sprint distance Oceania continental cup (elite and under-23)
- OTU sprint distance Oceania championship (junior)
- Australian Junior Championship
- OTU Oceania Championship (mixed relay)
- Australian Youth Triathlon Series
- Australian Youth Championship
Race director Michael Bonney said that hosting the Para Triathlon world cup was a massive coup for Tasmania.
“There are only six of these on the global calendar and we’ve got one, it’s that significant,” he said.
“We’ve had a focus on the para side of triathlon in recent years and it’s truly inspiring. On a personal level, there is something incredible about these athletes. Watching them change various prosthetic limbs in transition without assistance, before heading off to bury themselves on the next leg is amazing.”
The other para triathlon world cup host cities include Besancon (France), Banyoles (Spain), Alanya (Turkey), Funchal (Portugal) and Tokyo (Japan).
Oceania championships will also be on offer over March 2-3 in the elite and under-23 categories for the sprint categories, along with Oceania junior sprint nationals. Each of the junior Oceania titles will also double as the Australian championship.
“These junior Oceania and Australian championships will attract a lot of interest. Australia is such a strong nation in triathlon and our juniors are no exception. The best of our junior triathletes will be here and our next stars will emerge for sure.”
Entries are open at www.devonporttriathlon.com.au.