Trio has real get up and go
THE future of the Tweed Valley Triathletes Club looks bright with some its Murwillumbah juniors showing plenty of potential.
Harley Hayes, Coralie Allsop and Abbie McMahon train through the week and then get up early every Saturday morning to race at 7am, and they've been achieving great results for their efforts.
The junior triathlon course takes in a 150m swim, 3km bike ride and 1km run, and the intermediate course is a 250m swim, 7km bike ride and 2km run.
Harley, 14, has recently been promoted to the intermediate category and is currently placed second in his club point score.
Harley started competing in triathlons six years ago and has competed in the Weetbix triathlons - 2006, 2007 in Brisbane and 2007, 2008 at Trial Bay, South West Rocks.
“I really like the swimming leg the most and I usually train once or twice a week, but I also do some cycling practice with my wind trainer at home,” Harley said.
Coralie, 15, is a strong contender, ranking first in the girls' intermediate category and third overall in the mixed standings.
Coralie has had good form across the season and isn't concerned when she competes against the boys.
“I do my best and really enjoy coming here on a Saturday. It is good meeting up with everyone.
“The sport is a lot of fun and I really like the run leg, as I really enjoy long-distance running,” she said.
Abbie McMahon, 13, continues to set a high standard in the junior triathlon and is leading the club's junior point score.
Abbie said her dad also did triathlons and she started competing about three years ago.
“I started cycling first before I did triathlons because my dad (Peter) is involved with cycling and he has really helped me with that,” McMahon said.