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St Augustine?s Primary School is expected to provide a strong contingent for the junior triathlons.
St Augustine?s Primary School is expected to provide a strong contingent for the junior triathlons.



for junior triathlonUP to 250 entries are expected for the junior triathlon events which will be staged at the Jetty Foreshores today.

Registrations will be taken from 7am with the first race taking place from 8.30am.

The format for the day's junior events is:

- 5-6 years: 50 metre wade/swim, 100 metres run.

- 7-8 years: 150 metre wade/swim, 1km run.

- 9-10 years: 150 metre wade/swim, 2km run.

- 11-12 years: 200 metre swim, 4km bike, 2km run.

- 13-15 years: 250m swim, 4km bike, 2km run.

The junior triathlon is a prelude to the Australian triathlon championships on Sunday with the age groupers starting at 6am followed by the elite women at 10.15 and the elite men from 11.30.

The local school with the high- est ratio of students to participants in the triathlon will receive a 68cm television provided by The Good Guys of Coffs Harbour.

All entrants will receive a medal and T-shirt and will be eligible for a draw where you have the chance to win two bicycles donated by Rainbow Cycles and Bob Wallace Cycles.

Event organiser Neil Powell said in the past the junior triathlon has attracted up to 500 entrants although this often depended on weather conditions.

"If the weather is fine we tend to attract a bigger field," Powell said.

Powell said the event focused more on participation rather than the winners of each age group.

St Augustine's Primary School is expected the provide a strong contingent for the event today throughout the various age groups.