Monday, April 07, 2008


Dalby Tri – 9th March 2008.
It was in near gale force winds that the annual Dalby Triathlon was contested this year. There was loads of local talent on for show as well, with a number in teams and individual events.
The kids started out the day with over 100 competitors, with ages ranging from 7 and up. There were some very impressive times as well; future stars shining bright.
The Business House Challenge in always hotly contested and this year was no different. The High School Team was sure to pack a punch with elite swimmer Jason Caruso, cycling whiz kid Mark Green and Super Human Athlete Bron Henschell as their runner. However they were shocked to see the SuperFish 2nd out of the pool, the ground was quickly made up by Greenie and brought home in blistering form from Bron.
There was a lot of buzz surrounding the TEAMS entries this year with lots of last minute re shuffles and team tactics, there was money on the line!! The Men’s Team was taken out by ‘To Be Advised’ Benn Hansen swimming, Nolesy Riding & young Nathan Appleton running and 2nd to ‘The Busted Brady’s’ a tribute team made up of Todd Sommerville, Damo Cumming & Dangerous Dave. Tony Nolan scored the fastest bike ride of the day taking his team to the top podium place. The mixed teams was taken out by the ‘Travelling Willbedoyles’, with young swimmer Will Lane taking charge, Belinda Rowney giving the Elite girls a run for the money in the ride and Ang Doyle bringing home the bacon on the run, 2nd were ‘TOP GUN’. Special mention must go to Jarrod Lockhart, Mitchell Cook and Cormack Ebbage, these three 10 year olds mixed it with the big teams and had an awesome time. Despite their size and age and the conditions they were right up there. Well done little dudes !!

The Individual numbers were up on last year and with local super stars on show the crowd were at salivating point!! Former local boy Steve Halliday was keen to put his name in lights with a strong swim but couldn’t hold on and took out 2nd. 1st boy home was Nathan Fitzakerly. Our Dalby boys also did us proud with big Sam Sam the time trial man taking 7th overall, Jonathon Fawkes 12th, Danny Nearhos 14th and Tom Roger in a time of 1 hour 18 mins. Danny also took out his 35-39 age group.
The girls were without their team captain Bron as she had to withdraw at the last minute with an injury but they certainly didn’t disappoint. Kate Cobb was our first Dalby girl, closely followed by Rachele Cumming. Clare Byrne, Michelle Jefferson, Jeanette Carbury and Triathlon debutante Maryanne Gibbons had strong races despite the terrible winds; they raced on in the tough conditions and came home with the goods. Kate took out her 45-49 age group and Rachele the 30-34 age group.
All in all it was a very successful day by competitors and organisers alike. We thank those of you who helped out in any way and look forward to smashing those times next year.


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