COFFS Harbour will next year again be the focus of national sporting attention when the city hosts its own Olympic distance triathlon.
The bcu TriCoffs is expected to lure hundreds of visitors to the city as well as provide a focus for local athletes.
Set down for March 2013 the bcu TriCoffs will be sanctioned through Triathlon Australia and is set to be one of the fastest Olympic distance courses in the country.
In addition to the headline Olympic-distance event (1.5km swim, 40km Cycle and 10km run) the inclusion of short distance events for novices and children means the event promises to be great for everyone, regardless of age or fitness.
Lyndon Kingston, bcu chief executive, said bcu was excited to be supporting the inaugural bcu Coffs Harbour Triathlon in 2013.
"The Coffs Coast has a strong following for the sport, and bcu is happy to be working with some very dedicated and experienced triathlon enthusiasts to bring a world-class event to the region," Mr Kingston said.
"We hope to see some big-name competitors incorporate this event into their annual training schedule.
The sport of triathlon is one of the fastest growing in the world.
With very few Olympic distance races on the national triathlon calendar, the organisers felt this was the perfect event to attract athletes of all abilities whilst taking advantage of Coffs Harbour's location, climate and natural beauty.
The spectacular open water swim will be held inside the calm, pristine harbour with spectators getting a birds eye view from the Jetty.
The two-lap bike course will be on a flat, closed road and the run will comprise two laps along the beautiful harbour foreshores incorporating the iconic jetty.
The triathlon is being staged by Village Sports which has local identities Mick Maley and Sinclair Black as its directors.