We are just over a week away from the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final on the Gold Coast which will run from 12-16 September. There is a large contingent of athletes from WA making the trek east to compete in the jewel of the ITU crown.
The first race will be the Age Group Sprint race on Thursday 13 September. There are 28 WA athletes competing in this, with race start from 10am EST. On Friday the U23s hit the course with Kira and Jaz Hedgeland flying the flag for Australia.
On Saturday it gets really busy with the para triathletes hitting the course in the morning. Sally Pilbeam will be competing in the PTS4W category, starting at 9:26am. Then the Juniors take to the course at 1.15pm with Luke Bate representing the state. Both these events are over the sprint distance. The Elite Women round out the day starting their standard distance race at 3:00pm.
On Sunday we start the day with the Age Group Standard Distance race, commencing from 6:15am. There are 16 WA athletes competing, from Sophie Foxcroft in the 18-19 age group to Ron Richards in the 70-74 age group.
The day will finish with the Elite Mens race that commences at 3:00pm. Bunbury’s Ryan Bailie will be joined by Jake Birtwhistle, Ryan Fischer and Aaron Royle as they fight it out against the best in the world including Richard Murray, Mario Mola and Brownlee brothers.
If you are looking to keep track of your friends and family racing you can download the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final app and use the athlete tracker. You can also get results and live stream on the website at https://goldcoast.triathlon.org/results/