Lara Davenport.
Lara Davenport.

Lara to star in Tri leg

OLYMPIC gold medallist Lara Davenport will represent Kingscliff Swimming Club when the starting gun fires at this weekend’s Kingscliff Triathlon.

The champion swimmer-turned-coach has helped train four squads for Sunday’s teams event and will throw on the lycra once again in her hand-picked fifth side.

While all her teams are expected to be in the mix in their respective divisions, the ever-competitive Davenport seems to have stacked hers a little favourably.

The 27-year-old will line up alongside Kingscliff local Kim Best and Lennox Head’s Nadi Canning, but not contesting the leg most would expect.

Instead of slapping on the goggles and cap, Davenport will slip into bike pants and a helmet for the cycle leg of the event.

Rather, Canning, a Coolangatta Gold and surf competitor, will attack the swim leg and Best, a personal trainer, the run.

Sponsor and supporter Kay Shallcross expects the trio to feature among the front-runners.

“They should do quite well,” Shallcross said.

“Nadi is doing the swim as she is best suited to racing in such conditions while Lara is very active in cycling with the Murwillumbah Cycle Club and Kim has competed in several fun runs locally.

“We have five teams all up, of which four are all young Kingscliff swimmers that train with Lara and are doing it just as a bit of fun.”

Event organiser Mike Crawley said a record number of competitors were expected to converge on Kingscliff for the event.

“Junior entries have doubled, likely due to our very successful new junior triathlon held at Miami last weekend,” Crawley said.

“A huge thanks to the Tweed Shire Council, Tweed Tourism and Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club over the last few weeks for putting so much effort into the little things that make the Kingy Tri so successful.”

He expects Sunday to be a fabulous day with several new inclusions including a 5km fun run and 62km ride on Saturday and a swim course in Cudgen Creek.

Confirming triathlon tradition, everyone is welcome to join the crew at the Cudgen Headland SLSC for live music and drinks at 2pm Sunday.

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