Geraldton tri club draws a crowd as starting gun fires for season opener

Jikki VanAmstelMidwest Times
Mike and Willow Panter.
Camera IconMike and Willow Panter. Credit: Supplied

There was a big turnout for the first official race of the Geraldton Triathlon Club season last Sunday.

A total of 68 competitors took part, close to a club record.

The club welcomed regulars back for what promises to be another season of close racing, and there was an encouraging number of new faces turning up for their first triathlon. While the kids’ triathlon season starts in a few weeks, children over 12 are allowed to race with their parent as chaperone, and there were plenty of parents competing with their children.

Club regular Mike Panter raced alongside his daughter Willow, who completed her first ever event.

Willow looked fast, turning in a good swim, a fast bike leg and outrunning her dad, beating him across the line in the final stretch.

Lara Day and Karina Thompson did their first triathlon together.

Lara had a bit of a rough swim, but stuck it out and finished all three legs.

It was an outstanding effort and she will have a great season this year.

Timekeeper Jo Luxton stepped out from behind the laptop and showed the club not only is she the best with the numbers but she is also a great athlete.

The Russell’s Rampage event runs next week at St Georges beach.

There will be three distances on offer, the enticer, short and long courses.

Everyone is welcome to come have a go, or bring a coffee and watch.

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