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Competitors line up for Australia Day Aquathon

Australia Day Aquathon Bargara
Mother and son pair Allison and Joey Vella in action at last year's Bargara Triathlon Club Australia Day Aquathon

Hitting the pool sounds like a relaxing way to celebrate Australia Day unless you are competing in the Bargara Triathlon Club’s annual aquathon event.

The club’s Australia Day Aquathon will be contested at Bundaberg’s Norville Park Swimming Pool at 7am tomorrow, with four categories of competition for club members and visitors.

Bargara Triathlon Club president Troy Austin said the event had drawn a good number of competitors over the years and was confident that would again be the case tomorrow.

“We’ve had about 30 competitors register but a lot of people turn up on the day, so we’re looking at between 50 and 70 people turning up on the day,” Troy said.

“We usually get people from the Agnes Water and Harvey Bay triathlon clubs to the event.

“People like the event because they can get it done early and then go out and celebrate Australia Day.”

This year, the club is hosting four categories of competition catering for participants experienced and new to competition and ranging from two years of age to adult.

Troy said the Australia Day Aquathon was a fun event, aimed less at the serious competitor than those looking for a fun form of physical activity, looking to try a different sport, or seeking a family day out with a difference.

While sporting clubs across all codes were affected by COVID-19 restrictions last year, Troy said the triathlon club’s membership had grown since the resumption of competition as residents looked to get active after the lifting of restrictions.

The Norville Park Swimming Pool gates open at 6.15am with participants needing to sign on before the 7am start.

Australia Day Aquathon events

  • Hatchlings (2-6 years) – 40m wade/200m run
  • Turtle (7-12 years) – 1km run/100m swim/1km run/100m or 50m run
  • Give it a Try (13 years plus) – 3km run/400m swim/3km run
  • Sprint (14 years plus) – 3km run/400m swim/3km run/400m swim